Notes for Actors using Immersive Museum Theatre

Preparation

Immersion is a bit like a self-hypnosis.
Imagine you are in a film, let events unfold. Make snap decisions. Develop sensitivity.


Travelling

Travel in character or begin from a designated starting point (e.g. the border of the village so that the village is a hermetic world )


Directing notes

These are given at the beginning of each day. They are discussed out of character. Some instructions will be given while you are in role, they will be framed in a different way.


Dressing

The ritual of dressing is the beginning of immersion.
Stay in role whenever you are fully dressed up, unless you are deliberately shifting roles
The new costume does not have the same quality as a costume that has been lived in.


Setting up

Pace round the house/property etc
Use the landscape/architecture
Create installations from materials that you use – perhaps so that it becomes a precious object.
breaks should be taken in the grounds


Activities

Preparation of your objects and materials is best done in full view of the public. Nothing is hidden. Be self-contained. Keep things on you, so that visitors are not left waiting while you fetch an item. Using a journal helps to create and repeat narrative,

Body

We talk about 1st person etc, which is a grammatical understanding of interaction. Interaction begins with the whole body, not just the mouth and intellect.

Language

Annex and avoid modern slang: 'guys' 'okay' 'fantastic' etc

Read and impersonate letters from the Records Office and Archives, from creative diarists like Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, but remember these are written forms. Develop a mode of speaking that is grammatically intricate, or laboured, minutely descriptive or flamboyantly Romantic. There is scope for evolving this as a form of absurd dialogue with a volunteer.

Use 'Victorian' language as a Code. Theological or scientific terminology can be especially to explain your position and helpful to create this world.

copyright, Triangle 2007