Elements involved when one prepares for a role include the following:
- Reading through the script thoroughly
- Find the character's 'Before Time'/backstory
- What are their objectives/superobjective?
- The actions the character takes (I kill, I eat, I berate, always in 1st person)
- The character's spine, thoughts, body language and expressions
- Costumes/props needed
- Research, if the character has a set profession (chef, school teacher, geologist, athlete etc.)
- Emotional Memory (channel your own relevant experiences into the character) & Sense memory (The taste, smell, feel etc. of a place/situation)
- Inner obstacle (what is it that prevents the character from getting what they truly want)
Though we did not get a chance to perform it due to limited time, I had a lot of fun with the exercise, and it really gave me a chance to flex my dramatic muscles in a good long while: I mostly focused on Ineta and getting her to have the right sort of behavior befitting a somewhat spoiled, self confident teenager on the run, while Pat worked more with Andrew, who was frankly living a miserable existence and feuded with his own father. She was very very open to suggestions and changes, which made my life easier as I could then tweak the performance as much as needed to make it work and not have to deal with ego or pomposity or sass from her.