coarse acting

Definition

Theater

  • The type of crude amateur acting anatomized by the British humoristMichael Green in his definitive The Art of Coarse Acting (1964).According to Green's masterclass, there are only six basic emotions that needto be expressed on stage and luckily most of these can be signified by asingle "all-purpose coarse expression". The ultimate coarse actoris the one who "remembers the lines but not the order in which theycome" or, even better, "the pauses but not the lines".Following the book's success, a number of coarse acting competitions wereheld under the aegis of the Questors Theatre, the London-based amateur dramaticsociety of which Green himself is a keen member. Green has also publishedseveral volumes of plays for coarse actors, including parodies of Shakespeare,Pinter, and Agatha Christie amongst others.
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