To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
Acting is about giving something away, handing yourself over to whatever role you are asked to play…
Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul.
The camera doesn’t remind me of a gun, but it does remind me of a weapon. I believe the revolution will be fought with a camera, with films, and at a certain point guns will be unfeasible. Minds will be won in the theatre instead of on the battlefield.
An actor, like every human being, has a very thin part of him which he uses all the time and which he considers to be himself. There is a vast area which is himself that he doesn’t know. By experimenting and taking risks a new process starts – what one actor once called a ‘number of drawers’ in himself that he has never opened.
We don’t want bores in the theatre. Give us something that is different.
Dame Sybil Thorndike
If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn’t be an actor. You’re in the wrong profession.
Every now and then, when you’re on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It’s a sound you can’t get in movies or television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you’ve it them where they live.
He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor.
Quotes from the prospectus of the East 15 Acting School, Essex, England