chapter  50
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Drawing in rehearsal: Rae Smith


In the theatre I am always drawing, and always quickly: as a reaction, a direct form of communication of ideas within the collective process of making a piece of live art. Sometimes I draw in a cool, unattached and technically efficient way, and at other times, for example, as a way of recording the devising process of an actor. When the actor is trying to animate themselves past what is consciously believable, drawing can be a mirror, an insight into what was achieved in a fleeting moment. During the technical production week, and after the frenzy of the devising process, I draw random moments from the play. These drawings will later remind me of how I understood the work and process.1