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Act Two begins following the shipwreck, as the truth of Crichton’s belief is put to the test. Ernest, selected friends and servants struggle to adapt to desert-island living. Crichton’s resourcefulness and energy quickly bring him status and authority as he sets about building a home for the party; Ernest sits uselessly on an upturned bucket and composes verse. But not for long: 21 01ACharacters 1/2/06 11:45 am Page 22 acting characters CRICHTON (to LADY MARY) ... until a ship comes we are three men who are going to do our best for you ladies.
45 01ACharacters 1/2/06 11:45 am Page 46 acting characters Tool No. 4: Adjusting Tension Tension occurs when you contract muscles: they tighten. Often this is for some necessary reason: you want to pick up an object, to move forwards, or simply to avoid falling over. Just standing still demands some muscle tension. Frequently, though, we use muscles without any such necessary reason. As a result of some psychological stimulus, we become ‘tense’. One stereotype of a very tense person is a regimental sergeantmajor in the army.
King Lear’s tragedy is that of a man who gives away power to people who want more, and who in the end take it all from him. The plays of Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller often play explicitly with power, and its uses and abuses, for their central conflicts. But what is power, and how can you define it? Within business training, managers are often taught about power in all its glory, thanks to the work of researchers such as John R P French Jr and Bertram Raven. In a section of D Cart- 37 01ACharacters 1/2/06 11:45 am Page 38 acting characters wright & A Zander’s Group Dynamics: Research and Theory (Tavistock Publications, 1968) they describe several separately identifiable types of power.