Repertory Companies and their role in training film actors

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I am curious about the fact that in the post-war period Rank sent its young and presumably inexperienced film actors to repertory companies (such as the Connaught in Worthing) for periods of what appears to be "work experience".

It seems to me that the process of acting in films must quite different from performing in rep - continuity being one example and the presence of a live audience being another.

I would be very interested to hear people's views on the purpose and/or the usefulness of this approach.



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Re: Repertory Companies and their role in training film actors

Hi Pamela, I am not conversant with the subject of actors and Theatre vs. Film. I have heard (read) in the past that they are vastly different and that it isn't really a very easy transition between the two (though there have been actors that have transitioned back and forth between mediums).

I would think that during the time in question, it would have been useful for an inexperienced actor to be 'farmed off' to gain experience in developing characterizations, gaining confidence, and developing strengths/identifying weaknesses.

So there's my pence worth. Interesting and thought provoking question!

Cheers, Wink
Helen

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Re: Repertory Companies and their role in training film actors

Good point, Helen. I suppose I was concentrating too much on the different processes without thinking of the central experience of developing skills and confidence.

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