Long-term retention of a theatrical script by repertory actors: The role of context
Four actors were requested to perform Sartre's No Exit after a retention interval of more than 5 months. Their recall of the play was studied either with the spatial and visual contextual cues normally available during a performance or without such cues. Total recall was still considerable, equalling 85%. The number of paraphrases of, and inferences on, the original text was however quite large (32%), suggesting that the actors had learned their lines according to their meaning rather than as a result of rote memorisation. The context manipulation showed that actors' recall is facilitated by the availability of spatial-visual information, but only to a limited extent. The relative importance of textual and contextual cues in the long-term retention of a play is discussed.
|Keywords||memory, recollection, total recall|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658210143000146, hdl.handle.net/1765/2844|
Schmidt, H.G., Boshuizen, H.P.A., & van Breukelen, G.J.P.. (2002). Long-term retention of a theatrical script by repertory actors: The role of context. Memory, 10(1), 21–28. doi:10.1080/09658210143000146