With the Ides of March upon us — the day upon which Julius Caesar was murdered — it’s the perfect time of year to talk stage blood. The key to perfect stage blood is choosing the right variety for you particular blood scenario. Whether it’s buckets of blood in Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, or Lady Macbeth’s bloody hands in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, stage blood is an exhilarating, thrilling, sticky mess. Here are some tips for making the most out of even the stickiest stage blood situations.
“You are terrifying!” came the enthusiastic greeting as I stepped into the post show lobby. . I had grown used to it by then, and knew from the grins on the faces of this pleasant older couple that it meant they’d enjoyed the show. I smiled back sheepishly and offered a genuine, though bashful thank you, trying to distance myself somewhat from the character I had just played. Each night, I even made a point of dressing up more than usual when I went to the theatre. This was my first production in a new city, after all, and I wanted to be sure that everyone knew I wasn’t really a sociopath.
Fake facial hair is theatrical gold. Instantaneously, women are capable of portraying men, prepubescent boys can age, and a single actor can play multiple characters with the switch of a mustache. So, in the Movember spirit, take a look at our simple tutorial on applying facial hair.
I have found, both in my life as a creative and in my career in casting that there are two kinds of people: those who love auditioning and those that would rather eat glass, but know they must audition in order to work. Either way, auditioning is a necessary evil, if you want to be a professional actor. There is just no way around it. If you are a person who loves auditioning, consider yourself blessed.