Learning Lines

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by Morphius, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Morphius

    Morphius Fledgling Freddie

    Well I've just seen the cast list for a play I've auditioned for and I've been given one of two main roles. I have never done anything like this before and I have no idea how to learn lines, all the acting I've done before has been done on improvisations and manipulation of texts.

    Anyone got any ideas how best to learn lines?

  2. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

    Read them over and over again. Then put the script to one side and try to read the lines back to yourself. Go as far as you can. Go back to the bits you can't remember. From personal experience of having to memorise large amounts of text / information parrot fashion, there's no short cut.

    Hint: Record the lines onto MP3, and play in the car, when you're in the gym, and before you go to sleep.
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  3. Bugz

    Bugz Fledgling Freddie

    I was main role in a play once & it required a ridiculous amount of lines (prob ~10 A4 pages worth). The best way I found to learn them was interaction. Don't learn them on your own. Get your friend to play one part and you play yours and do it as you act out any movements etc. too.
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  4. Ezteq

    Ezteq Queen of OT

    aye best thing is repetition, just think of all your fave movies and how many times you saw them before you knew them line for line, read them out loud too (you may feel a bit of a dick but it works)
  5. Elkie

    Elkie Can't get enough of FH

    In my old performances I had many techniques for learning lines:

    'Singing the lines' - Helps remember believe it or not.
    'Saying lines over and over then put script down and repeat' - Basic technique.
    'Make them fun' - I always made my lines fun because then they stick in your head more.

    Need more tips just private message me.
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  6. Serbitar

    Serbitar Fledgling Freddie

    ask for an autocue \o/
  7. old.Tohtori

    old.Tohtori FH is my second home

    CAn't believe people haven't suggested it yet but, get a friend, GF, wife...mom:)eek7:) to read the line with you while in between you practise. This way you get some feedback also on your acting.

    Acting isn't about remembering the lines that much as it's about knowing how to act when you forget the lines.
  8. Gamah

    Gamah Banned

  9. old.Tohtori

    old.Tohtori FH is my second home

    Yeah but it's bugz, i doze off after the first line he writeszzzzzz....zzzzz....
  10. Huntingtons

    Huntingtons Resident Freddy

    bugz is right, what good is it to remember what you gotta say when you cant remember when - you need the keywords for your lines and they will come alot more instinctively
  11. Mey

    Mey Part of the furniture

    Blag the play imo!
  12. Wonk

    Wonk Can't get enough of FH

    Practice in front of your teddybear.
  13. confused

    confused Can't get enough of FH

    As somebody else said, after learning most of the UK's law, the best way is to read it out aloud multiple times, record it onto MP3 (we all know how easy it is to sing along to songs when listening to them) play them to youself over. After a while you'll learn different parts of it better than others, then read through it again by reading the 1st few words of the sentance and seeing if you can say the rest of it to youself. Highlight different parts that you don't remember in different highlighters and eventually you'll get it.
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  14. Gamah

    Gamah Banned

    Woot I am mentioned in a custom title!
  15. Sparx

    Sparx Cheeky Fucknugget

    burn the script and leave it to the night and improv
  16. Zenith

    Zenith Part of the furniture

    The best thing I ever tested for learning something out 100% is to record it on your MP3.. Play it while you are focusing on something else ( as someone alrdy said, in the gym, car, before you sleep etc ).. It works.
  17. Morphius

    Morphius Fledgling Freddie

    cheers guys, many useful tips :) rep has been awarded respectively :)

    will defo try the MP3 one. but I dunno about at the gym, the sounds of drum/bass usually keep the tempo but lines, i think it'd kill me.
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  18. Ezteq

    Ezteq Queen of OT

    rofl morph watch a few eps of whos line is it anyway and improv it!!!
  19. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

    Josie Lawrence was brilliant on WLIIA
  20. Ezteq

    Ezteq Queen of OT

    i always had a crush on ryan styles *swoon*
  21. Golena

    Golena Fledgling Freddie

    Make sure you don't just learn the lines parrot fashion but understand what's actually going on.

    Getting the lines 100% probably isn't as important as you might think word for word (although there will be bits where it's vital).
    It's much easier to remember what words you should use to say this, rather than what's the sentance that comes after that one?!? It's also got the advantage that when you get that brain freeze, you can adlib a line without it being completely out of place.

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