The Technique of Inner Action: The Soul of a Performer's Work
This book focuses on the inner work of a performer. It takes up where Stanislavski's study of inner work left off and then expands inner action into a comprehensive discipline for developing an inner technique as precise and concrete as those use to develop external skills like voice and movement. Bill Bruehl argues that authentic emotions are expressed when performers focus on the internal aspirations of their character and on the flow of actions in the play. Mastery of inner action allows a performer to interpret a character with clarity, maximize creative potential, and insure authentic expression of emotion and spontaneity in performance.
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Now try another tactic through putting some activity into the action. Bring in some
... In other words, in your struggle to execute your inner action, you have changed
tactics; you have employed other— subsidiary— "inner actions." Maybe you ...
The secondary actions or tactics create a constant flow of action. Petruchio
decides that he will win Katherine. She blocks him. He tries to woo, but this is no
good. He tries to dominate, but that doesn't work. He kidnaps her. Let us agree
I prefer to speak in terms of the structure of action and describe beats as the
building blocks of scenes in which the tactics or subactions of scenes shift and
change. Richard III may want to use Anne, but he won't show her that. While