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8 - Acting Hare

The Permanent Way

from Part II - Working with Hare

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2008

Richard Boon
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University of Hull
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Acting Hare under the direction of Max Stafford-Clark must be akin to playing a Beethoven sonata conducted by Simon Rattle: so sure are the hands in which you find yourself as a performer, it is nigh on impossible for your 'instrument' to sound out of tune. In the course of this chapter, I explore my involvement with Hare's play The Permanent Way, a co-production between Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint theatre company and the National Theatre, London. However, the structuring and writing of The Permanent Way was not necessarily the way in which Hare would traditionally work: far from being a solitary task, the process of assembling the material included a number of actor-researchers, as well as the director himself. Indeed, my own involvement with the play began with the early research in February 2003, when I first met Hare, and continued through to the production's final performance in Sydney during March 2005.

I begin by concentrating on the collation of the original material, and thereafter examine the ethical issues involved in a play that essentially draws upon living people’s accounts – an area which particularly provoked both me and Hare – and the impact on the acting choices raised by those issues.

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Print publication year: 2007

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  • Acting Hare
  • Edited by Richard Boon, University of Hull
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to David Hare
  • Online publication: 28 April 2008
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9780521850544.009
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  • Acting Hare
  • Edited by Richard Boon, University of Hull
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to David Hare
  • Online publication: 28 April 2008
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9780521850544.009
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  • Acting Hare
  • Edited by Richard Boon, University of Hull
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to David Hare
  • Online publication: 28 April 2008
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9780521850544.009
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