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Breaking Out of Character

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

"...‘De-roling’ is simply how to get yourself out of character once you’ve finished performing.|

It’s the process of drawing a line between your character’s world and your everyday life. Often this process is quite simple; you walk off set, or leave the theatre venue, and get yourself home. If a role isn’t particularly emotionally demanding or doesn’t deal with traumatic themes, your de-roling process may not require specific attention at all. You may already be undertaking certain behaviour and habits that allow you to de-role quite seamlessly. But occasionally, a role requires a fair bit of emotional labour, or a theme within the story you’re telling is particularly dark, heavy, or even traumatic to address..."


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