To fully understand a given script there are some steps that must be followed. Most importantly, you need to read the given play. When you are reading or listening to the play it is very important that you have no distractions, so unplugging the phone and leaving the door unanswered will help.

Understanding a ScriptAt that time you can just relax and read through the material given. If possible jot down some notes or comments and the end just so you know which parts to pay attention to or which parts held your attention better than the rest.

After taking a break do try to read the script again and this time become more engaged in the material and let your imagination take over until you can visualize each part and how it will be portrayed and whether your concerns in your notes were resolved.

If possible do work closely with a design to materialize your vision of each character and scenery but do not finalize any designs during the early stages of development as there are chances you may see a different version of things as the process progresses.

It would help you to understand the characters and help with casting if you are able to read each line of every character in the scene you’re in and it will make you more familiar with the part and casting but do not over study the lines and it can confine your imagination and hold back creativity.

Even if you don’t like a particular play you can still learn to love it by focusing on the quality of the material and how you can solve the problems that made you dislike the particular play in the first place. It will help if you can identify the story’s important questions that would hold and engage the audience.

Every character will always have a problem that they will need to recover from, a conflict and a resolution that you will need to make  as relatable as possible. This will help you appreciate the characters and the reasoning behind the story.

Most likely the script you are given may be a bit unrealistic and not something people will experience daily. Ordinary situations can sometimes escalate or exaggerated but you will need to recognize that the common factor that makes any story big or small relatable is the able to transfer the pain, emotion, turmoil and outcome into something everyone can feel and understand.

Sometimes it ends badly, the struggles are too big to over come and not everything has a happy ending but it’s the journey to the end that’s most important. The best stories however are told in a way that it is predictable and natural and that the message is clear in every scene.