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In her penultimate blog post, Tonia discusses how she continues to develop Cordelia while during the performance season, and interacting with the audience.

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Developing Cordelia

I am very happy with last week's performance, but the show continues to change. I am still developing the character of Cordelia. The part itself is very challenging, because it is a very lonely part. I do not have a lot of people to bounce off of during the show.

I am still not completely satisfied with my character development. During each performance, I am trying to continually integrate new ideas and find actions that work for the character. I want to focus upon the softer qualities of Cordelia in order to show her separation from the other characters. They have such strong emotions: lust, desire, and power. With Cordelia, I want to provide a contrast to counteract everything that is raging on stage. I want to show a more calm, gentle pole.

In order to develop this gentleness, I have tried to tone down my voice. I still want to be heard by the audience, but I want my voice to have an audible gentleness.


I am also trying to be more aware of individual people. With a space like the Globe, you can see your audience, actually look at faces and make a connection with audience members. There is a direct relationship between you. I actually view the audience as parents of the space who have feelings and who want to be emotionally involved within the scenes. This vision makes the scenes more intimate, successfully drawing the audience into the action. They identify with the characters more and hopefully recognise the gentle and caring qualities of my character, Cordelia.


These comments are the actor's thoughts or ideas about the part as s/he goes through the rehearsal process – they are simply his/her own interpretations and frequently change as the rehearsal process progresses.

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