"If a tree says ‘cunt’ in the forest and no-one hears it, is it still offensive?"
Improvisation For Control Freaks
We had a workshop/lecture on creating theatre and using improvisation today, which was extremely useful. It taught me that failure is a valuable part of the creative process. Whilst I’d always been dimly aware that failure could be interesting in a dramatic context, it never occurred to me to deliberately let myself fail. I’m very much the sort of person who needs a safety net when I’m performing. This is why I’m bad at improvisation (and therefore auditions involving it, which has caused me some anxiety) - it’s out of my control. I can’t rely on the strength of the script and the notion that I’ve prepared for it.
If you fail in an improvisation you’re expected to react to it and use it to your advantage. This I cannot do. This is beyond me because, despite my bravado, once I’ve failed at something the overwhelming self-confidence I had is suddenly wrenched out of me through a black hole in my gut.
In 1913, a horse trampled over a woman in the name of democracy.
98 years later and still horses can’t vote.