According to Shakespeare, life is a stage and we are all actors on it. Should we agree with him, we need to accept the fact that acting is a way of life or a new type of everyday life and there is nothing wrong about this. I, personally, have a tendency to take his statement but with a pinch of salt, because people don’t necessarily manage or want to enter life as actors in order to become real characters and get the plaudits.
Is life a stage or something like a Hollywood film set? And if yes, there arises the question, “To be or not to be a character on it?” And this is where the disagreement starts within myself. Do we manage to become real stars or at least write our own life script? I could ask myself this and a hundred other questions, but I will hardly go any further in my thoughts than Shakespeare himself.
I am left with the possibility to believe that, because we now live in the twenty-first century, I am going to imagine life like a film where the happy end is a must and there is at least one dramatic love story and one happy. I will be thinking of acting as something compulsory, just like children think of school. And in order not to read other people’s scripts, I will write my own lines, I will learn my own choreography and I will pull the strings of my own actions. This is what contemporary theatre is all about. And, in order to avoid being like that supporting actress who gets off stage before seeing the denouement, I am going to take the role of my life and just look at how I am going to act it! I will live the role that steals the Oscar and I am going to find an actor who will be worth fighting for with criminals or even dragons… and whatever extraterrestrial creatures come along.
I won’t have even a moment’s rest until I lose myself in the spotlights, until I break the fourth successive wall…I will flow into the audience and then I will probably find some new friends and lose two or three old ones along the way. I will turn the film into a play, the play into life, and the stage… the stage will be today!
I won’t have a moment’s rest until I lose myself in the spotlights, until I break the fourth successive wall… I will flow into the audience and then I will probably find some new friends and lose two or three old ones along the way. I will turn the film into a play, the play – into life, and the stage… the stage will be today! The day when we actually follow my script and yours and all is here and now, but not in the realm of impossibilities and uncertainties. Here and now, while you are taking a sip at your coffee, is how your film is acted and the character bearing your name will do something good for a stranger or will get in trouble, but don’t worry about it… We are all heroes, so we will survive. And we will all win something, but also lose something in order to continue into the next act without wasting any time on the stage that the world is…
Text: Steffi Stoeva
Photo: Photography Santiago