Loveday Smith

Art... and Theatre

November 1, 2018

I had an audition yesterday where I was invited to present myself by talking about my work and practice. I am SO bad at this, and you'd think, that after 30 years in the business, that I might have got this down. Almost every audition I've been to starts with this phrase:

"SO TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF..." but no, I'm rubbish at it.

Anyhow, having to trace where I've been and what I do set me thinking about the difference between performing in Theatre, and performing in Art. In a nutshell, for me, it's down to the ways of telling stories. Theatre (or at least plays) tend towards a linear narrative of some kind whereas in Art, the stories are told differently, for example by looking at a particular moment in a story, looking at the path where a story has been or looking at the shadow a particular story casts.

I have found that since I began working with artists on a regular basis, it has made the acting experience richer for me, but when I approach a new writing project I still get caught up in the linear narrative expectation. I'm working on a new piece. The working title is "Horns for Stevie Wonder". My challenge, should I choose to accept it, is to find a new way to tell this story.