This review applauds the Hungarian release of The Actor and the Target. The book written for actors and acting students clearly builds upon the Stanislavski tradition, exploring what makes an actor’s performance come alive. Similarities can already be found in the concept of storytelling with Stanislavski’s work, where we read the rehearsal diary of a young, inexperienced acting student. In Donnellan’s book, the character Irina is a novice actress. Through Irina’s example, the book discusses the challenges and uncertainties that actors face during their work, focusing on the classical psychological realist approach to character development in twenty-one chapters. The review points out that in Hungary, with its rich tradition of psychological realism in acting, the book can be particularly helpful. Young aspiring actors today might consider themselves fortunate if they encountered professional challenges similar to those experienced by Donnellan’s Irina.
How to cite:
Theatron 17, 2. sz. (2023): 208–212.
Cím/Title (ENG): Julia's Target. On Declan Donnellan's Book
Keywords: actor’s work, method, target, blocks, psychology