1 00:00:01,000 --> 00:00:04,000 First of all we we play tag games , but we change the rules of the tag… 2 00:00:05,000 --> 00:00:09,000 ..so we move from just simple touching into a final tag game... 3 00:00:10,000 --> 00:00:12,000 ..where everybody is tagged and ends up in a circle. 4 00:00:12,000 --> 00:00:15,000 (noise of tag game) 5 00:00:16,000 --> 00:00:21,000 Then we take a Peter Brook exercise, which is… 6 00:00:21,000 --> 00:00:24,000 ..choose one person in the circle you want to stand next to, 7 00:00:24,000 --> 00:00:27,000 one person you want to keep away from, you must keep hold of hands, 8 00:00:27,000 --> 00:00:28,000 so that what you end up is a whole group of people who've… 9 00:00:29,000 --> 00:00:32,000 ..gone through each other's legs over their heads and then they re knotted up. 10 00:00:32,000 --> 00:00:34,000 (noise of circle exercise) 11 00:00:35,000 --> 00:00:36,000 Then you you come back. 12 00:00:37,000 --> 00:00:40,000 (noise of circle exercise) 13 00:00:41,000 --> 00:00:45,000 (Lizbeth Goodman) The workshop participants are a mixture of young struggling actors, 14 00:00:45,000 --> 00:00:48,000 more experienced actors doing some brushing up on physical skills, 15 00:00:48,000 --> 00:00:52,000 and students encountering these exercises for the first time. 16 00:00:52,000 --> 00:00:55,000 Barker doesn't tell them what plays he's thinking of, 17 00:00:55,000 --> 00:00:58,000 finding that out for themselves is part of the game. 18 00:01:00,000 --> 00:01:06,000 Then I say two men two women. You' re in love with him, but she's in love with him. 19 00:01:08,000 --> 00:01:11,000 Okay, the object of the exercise is kiss the hand… 20 00:01:11,000 --> 00:01:13,000 ..and right up the arm of the person you love, 21 00:01:14,000 --> 00:01:16,000 and keep your arm well away from the person you don't love, 22 00:01:16,000 --> 00:01:20,000 and this is a basic game of Midsummer Night's Dream. 23 00:01:20,000 --> 00:01:28,000 (noise of exercise) 24 00:01:29,000 --> 00:01:35,000 Stanislavski our great teacher says to us, when you're playing a part in a situation, 25 00:01:36,000 --> 00:01:40,000 try and go back in your memory to try and recall some situation… 26 00:01:40,000 --> 00:01:44,000 ..where you can recreate the feelings or bring back the feelings... 27 00:01:44,000 --> 00:01:46,000 ..which will help you to play that scene, 28 00:01:47,000 --> 00:01:50,000 but if you play a game like that during the rehearsal period, 29 00:01:50,000 --> 00:01:55,000 you have an emotional memory which is not in the past it's in the present, 30 00:01:56,000 --> 00:02:01,000 and which is absolutely specific to the situation in the play you re working on. 31 00:02:02,000 --> 00:02:09,000 (Clive Barker) Okay can I have two men two women please? Yeah, okay? 32 00:02:14,000 --> 00:02:19,000 You are in love with him, I know you've only met him but you're in love with him, 33 00:02:20,000 --> 00:02:24,000 but he's in love with her, unfortunately she's in love with him. 34 00:02:25,000 --> 00:02:28,000 But unfortunately he's in love with her, okay. That's it. 35 00:02:29,000 --> 00:02:34,000 So the object of the exercise now is to kiss the hand of the person you love, 36 00:02:35,000 --> 00:02:37,000 (kissing sounds and laughter) 37 00:02:38,000 --> 00:02:42,000 and keep your hand well away from the person you don't love. 38 00:02:43,000 --> 00:02:48,000 Okay. Can we give them space? Okay , go. 39 00:02:49,000 --> 00:03:31,000 (noise of exercise and laughter from onlookers) 40 00:03:32,000 --> 00:03:35,000 (Clive Barker) It's a question of finding what is the basic action of the play, 41 00:03:35,000 --> 00:03:36,000 what would you say is the basic action of the play.