Pursuing Goals: Marcus Geduld on Acting

Here’s a link to an article which caught my eye recently. It’s a response from Marcus Geduld, Artistic Director of Folding Chair Classical Theatre in New York, to a question on Quora.com: “What are some of the telltale signs of a bad actor?”

Now, I don’t particularly approve of the wording of the question – I don’t think it’s helpful to label acting “good” and “bad”, and even if we do, it’s a false extrapolation to use it to label actors “good” and “bad”. Just as good people sometimes do bad things, “good” actors are sometimes responsible for a lot of “bad” acting – and vice versa. But much of what Mr Geduld writes rings true, in sung theatre just as much as in spoken theatre and film, and I concur almost entirely with the examples he gives, subjective as they are.

Points 6, 7 and 10 are especially interesting from a singer’s point of view, and call to mind Stanislavski’s quotation of the great Othello, Tommaso Salvini, replying to an actor asking him what was required to become a tragedian:

“You need only three things: voice, voice, and more voice!”

Quora.com – What are some of the telltale signs of a bad actor?

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About Paul Carey Jones

Paul Carey Jones is a Welsh opera singer. He should be writing about the current state of the classical music business but might well digress into science, politics, football or cheese. He has recently started a series of irregular posts along the broad theme of "Things they don't teach you at music college." Any suggestions or requests on this theme will be treated with feigned or genuine interest. You can contact him via comments here or at: mail@paulcareyjones.com
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