Are actors just puppets?

So wrote Lyn Gardner on her theatre blog today. Basically she was raising the question about just how much creative input an actor has today in the commercial theatre world. You can read the full article here and I’ve Tweeted it too.

I find the notion that actors are merely puppets of the ‘creatives’ utterly offensive (as does Gardner). Having said this, the whole argument does raise the question about whether acting is art or craft and this I do find worthy of thought and discussion. So I’d like to share a series of videos from a couple of years ago where Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Nicolas Cage, Christoph Waltz and others discus just that question.

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I think Samuel Beckett put it best:

To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist

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