Amid the exam preparation stress, it is important to remind ourselves to take a break – one which will recharge our brain in the right manner. I plan to achieve this by indulging in a few of my hobbies (even for as little as half an hour). In my previous blog, I discussed writing, in this blog, I would like to talk a little about theatre and characterization (with the limited knowledge that I have).
I hope some of you might find this interesting and useful!
I have always been fascinated by the dark warmth of the proscenium; a space that belongs purely to the character and the actor carrying it. It is one of the oldest forms of audio-visual entertainment and hence the most universal one, yet what’s fascinating is its diverse manifestation!
Apart from the widely recognized identity of Bollywood, acting at its core in India is broadly shaped by the teachings of the theatre. Traditionally, there are many compelling stories hailing from different languages of its states that are discussed in addition to the translations and adaptations of A midnight summer dream and The Threepenny Opera.
Apart from the stories, one of the most interesting aspects for me is observing the process of characterization. There are so many ways – right from coming up with a brief background of the character during the rehearsals and then slowly finding your ways into it; to stimulating similar circumstances around you and observing people who come close to that character to reach it! While building onto the body language by adding finer details bit by bit.
But even after doing all that, it might be a little difficult to understand where the character stems from. In such context, one of the most helpful tips that I came across was to look at the characters around your character (and their reactions) to the character’s actions. This will allow you to reach the soul of the character faster as you will stumble on the emotions woven by the world around the character and once you know that, understanding the agony of the character for example will become easier.
I hope you enjoyed this small peek into the vast graph of characterization. Although exams are important, don’t forget to recharge and refresh yourself with just a bit of your hobby time!