End of the Stanislavski Journey

Stanislavski creating a role book cover
Stanislavski: Creating A Role (book cover)

So I’ve finally come to the climax of the third Stanislavski book: Creating A Role. It’s been a long journey, trudging through all three books, including the first ‘An Actor Prepares’ and the second ‘Building A Character’. It’s taken me a good couple of years, if not longer, of having a read, putting it down, picking it up weeks later and then forcing myself to mow on through their endless pages of words and technical terms. Not easy when you’re dyslexic. But at last, I’ve completed the final page.

So what have I learned?

To be honest, a lot of it is common sense when it comes to acting. But Stanislavski goes into greater detail – the deeper aspects of the acting role; stuff like “you must know Who you are, Where you come from and Why you’re here when you first set foot on the stage” through magic “what if’s”. It’s very deep and mind numbing at times. Reading the books is almost like trying to process heavy translations from another language, into meaning in your head. For someone with dyslexia, such as myself, who finds it hard to absorb information quickly, the books are heavy going and will definitely require a second read in some parts. But it’s been an insightful journey none the less.

Where to next?

I’ve ordered The Complete Stanislavski Toolkit from Waterstones, which I’ve heard, from so many people, is far easier to understand and read than the original three books separately. So hopefully I’ll draw greater meaning and understanding from it.


What about you?

If you study Drama and Acting, do you find Stanislavski a hard read? What do You make of him and his books?


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Hard Absorption

Whenever I’m reading things that take strong absorption, I find that my mind just can’t hack it for too long, and I find myself actually falling asleep. For instance, when I’m reading ‘Stanislavski’s Building A Character’, it’s taken me ages and ages to get even half way because of the vast chunk of information within each segmented section. My dyslexic brain just can’t handle it and the effort to conjure up translated images from the words on the page just tires my mind out and makes me feel like its in dream mode.

Does anybody else find this?