Performer: responsibilities within a perfomance

Performer: responsibilities within a perfomance

Script and Character Understanding

  • A performer plays a crucial role in the theatrical experience. They are responsible for bringing the script to life on stage for an audience and must demonstrate skill, talent, and a deep understanding of their character(s).
  • Master Lines: A performer’s primary responsibility is to know their lines thoroughly. This requires daily practise and memorization.
  • Understand Character: Performers must immerse themselves in their characters. This means understanding the character’s motivations, history, and responses, and authentically portraying these on stage.

Rehearsals and Direction

  • Follow Direction: A key responsibility of a performer is to follow the directions of the director, who will guide their performance to align with the overall vision of the show.
  • Rehearsal Participation: Regular attendance and active participation in rehearsals are necessary. This includes working collaboratively with other cast members, recognising their cues, and knowing their blocking (where and when to move on the stage).

Physical and Emotional Preparation

  • Physical Preparation: Performers must keep their bodies in good physical condition. They should strive to maintain good vocal health, physical strength and flexibility, as their roles may involve dance, fight scenes, or other physically demanding tasks.
  • Emotional Preparation: Along with physical preparation, performers need to practise emotional delivery to express their character’s feelings and motivations convincingly.

Respect and Teamwork

  • Respect for others: Performers should show respect for all members of the production team, including stage managers, costume and set designers, other performers, etc.
  • Technical aspects: Performers must appreciate the technical aspects of a production, such as lighting cues, sound cues, prop positioning and handling, costume changes, etc.

Learning and Safety

  • Continual Learning: Performers should seek continuous improvement in their craft. This could be through regular training, coaching, and participation in workshops.
  • Health and Safety: A performer has a responsibility to uphold health and safety principles throughout the rehearsal process and performances, ensuring their actions do not put them or others at risk.

Remember, a performer’s role is a balance of creativity, discipline, and teamwork. A good performer is always open to learning, can take feedback constructively, and contributes positively to a supportive and effective performance environment.