There are as many approaches to the rehearsal period as there are directors, actors and acting texts combined. Rehearsals are the time that we all look forward to because we truly get to do what we do best in theatre, which is “play.” The games and approaches in this article are intended to spice up the life of your stage combat scene and enhance the time spent in rehearsal; following the initial time period of learning choreography and discovering initial acting choices. Many people see the rehearsal process as the time to work. I couldn’t agree more but, as stated before, our work is to play. As with most games there are rules and guidelines established to achieve the strongest clarity from all the players. Everyone must not only understand these parameters, but must also accept the restrictions necessary to play successfully.
Burns, T. Fulton. “The Games People Play: Rehearsal Games & Approaches for Fight Scenes.” The Cutting Edge, vol. 20, no. 5, 2009, 12-15.