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Subtext and CounterText

We make invisible into visible: we let the public to understand characters without tell them. How we, actors, do it?

To illustrate the concept of subtext I tell the students that, when my son was around two, I would scream at him "I will kill you!" -- and somehow he knew that this is a game -- and laughed. You can try it with a stranger -- and see for yourself what will happend. So the text itself is not the message! There is another text, which says "I love you!" -- where is it?

Maybe my numbers are not exact, but the communication studies claim that over 50% of the message come from the body language, over 30% -- paralingual (loudness and etc.) -- and under 10% from the words only!

Here is why we need to understand the SUBTEXT.

We say one thing, think another, do -- the third. That's nornal, it's life. All three must be connected and DIFFERENT; with the conflict between SAYING, THINKING and DOING is the DRAMA. How do we know what Hamlet thinks about (besides him telling us); easy, because of the difference between what he does and he says.


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