Spaciousness of Vision. 1935

Yorkshire Weekly Herald

8 March 1935


This newspaper clipping is another review of the lecture-demonstration held at the Albany Hall, Goodramgate, York.  As much of what is written is practically identical to previous reviews (covered in my earlier blog posts) I have to question whether any of the journalists actually attended the performance, or whether they merely worked from the publicity material provided by the Institute of Mime.

I do wonder what exactly Miss Mawer meant by the following:

‘Today all of life is so close to us that we lose the spaciousness of vision that is the first attribute of the actor.  Something must go into the actor before anything can come out and it is from afar that that vision must come.’

It makes me think of a situation I was once in at work, everyone was extremely busy all of the time, and I commented to a colleague “When do we get time to stop and THINK.”  He didn’t answer me and I don’t really think that he understood what I meant.  It seemed to me that my colleagues were making decisions left, right and centre, partly for the sake of making decisions.  No-one wanted to be seen as ‘indecisive’ – it was important to be seen to act swiftly, but to me, I felt that if people just slowed down and gave the situations some thought, then better decisions might be made.

What do you think she meant?

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Author: Janet Fizz Curtis

Janet Fizz Curtis is trained in the Irene Mawer Method of Mime and Movement and is now writing a book about the life of Irene Mawer.

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