To suit the Action to the Word, the Word to the Action


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There is so much to see in the Edinburgh Festivals, with the Fringe being the largest arts festival in the world!

Here is a selection compiled from shows in some way associated with Discover Fine Acting:

Discover Fine Acting Fringe 2014

That’s one way to start getting an idea of what is on offer in a Fringe festival that has more than 3100 shows packed into almost 300 venues across the city!

As well as performing in I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards, Danielle Farrow of Discover Fine Acting – and others associated with DFA – are reviewing.

You can read those reviews and much more information about the festivals and Edinburgh in general at Edinburgh Spotlight.

I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards - play about Madeleine Smith, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards, by Fiona McDonald Image: Susie Cavill


R L Stevenson waxing lyrical on the brilliance of Shakespeare:

Robert Louis Stevenson on Shakespeare (Shakespeare Argentina)

Recently I watched Barbra Streisand on Inside the Actors Studio – watch, folks, watch!

She is so present, alive and honest.

In a conversation earlier on Facebook, I was considering personal understanding and strength, so one of the many things that stood out to me was when Streisand was asked about her strong sense of self. She replied…

“With a strong sense of self there is also deep insecurity. Don’t get fooled by something as easy as just a strong sense of self.”

We see people we admire and often don’t fully understand that we probably share many similar doubts and fears as well as hopes and joys.

She went on to say also that “you are seen as you see yourself”. There are so many levels to this – watch the interview, folks, watch!

(Many such Inside the Actors Studio interviews have been available on YouTube, but it looks as though much has been removed. DVDs are available, though – I used LoveFilm.)


Did you see The Globe’s Macbeth this year? Check out the discussion over on Player’s Shakespeare…

For those who have yet to enjoy live screenings of productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre – and as a reminder to those who have enjoyed these already – here are links to information about upcoming screenings:

Royal Shakespeare Company on screen:          Globe on Screen:          National Theatre Live:

Screenings are international, occurring around the world.


Fantastic acting tips – I especially love the one at 1.31pm, all about visceral magic and thought…

Fiona Shaw live webchat | Stage |

Reflections on trying out new things, from a teacher who was involved in a language and rhythm Google+ Hangout I led last week for ‘Macbeth Goes Social’, a fantastic project run by Big Fun Education.

Exploring outside our comfort zones (but within our safety zones) is a huge part of developing as an actor and also – as tends to be the way with all things acting – as a person.

Check it out!

Worth the Risk



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