n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Irreplaceable acting
|Article Title||Irreplaceable acting|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||51 - 59|
What do I mean by irreplaceable acting? In one way all acting is irreplaceable. Very obviously, without acting there is no play, just a text - perhaps not even that, if one considers improvised pieces or physical theatre scenarios. In a more important sense, all acting is replaceable, almost by definition. The same part is played by different actors on different stages in different ages. Acting is replaceable, because it is acting; it is not the real thing. But some performances, some moments on stage, seem to me best described as irreplaceable.
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