Fiona Shaw prepares

Running time: 10.12mins

Film maker: Pinny Grylls

Follow Fiona Shaw through her pre-show warm up, getting into costume and preparing to go on stage for Mother Courage and Her Children.


Acting requires a wide range of skills, vocal, physical, imaginative, expressive, intellectual, intuitive, and work can demand different dialects, languages, accents, vocal control or body language, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and often dancing or stage combat. A stage actor will often be required to research around a character or a period of history. In an ever changing world it is a continually evolving profession. This collection aims to give an insight into what it is like to be an actor at the National Theatre.