Being able to act in various acting styles gives you a better chance to become asuccesfull actor. But of course you have to know one style from another. If you start your dramatic style whilst the director wants to make a non-realistic play, you might not be taken serious an an actor.
On this page we give you a variaty of acting styles and tell you what the difference is between one and the other. This is important for an actor in order to be able to approach the role as it fits the style.
Realistic acting is also called naturalistic drama. It is drama which replicates real life and shows the realistic version of it. Stanislavski developed naturalistic acting, as he wanted his actors to become emotionally and psychologically involved with their roles, in order to create a convincing, realistic performance. When preparing for some
naturalistic dramas , actors often spend lengthy periods of time trying to ‘live’ the role they are playing, in order to create a convincing performance on stage.
Some characteristics are; characters who act and talk like real people, settings that are real and from modern times like homes, workplaces, bars and restaurants, and the subject matter deals with real events and social/political issues.
Non realistic drama is drama that, in content, presentation, or both, departs markedly from fidelity to the outward appearances of life. Non naturalism (non-realistic acting) in theatre is a way of describing and portraying something that isn’t necessarily there. It argues the aspect of reality and pushes another dimension into it, either using space, time, object.
Non-realistic acting means that the actor in no way acts as he would do in real life. It is also called a non-naturalistic style. Since Naturalistic Drama developed so late in the theatre time-line , however, every form of theatre before it is thus, by definition, Non-naturalistic.
The non-realistic acting styles are seen in the Theatre of the Absurd.