- The first tip is to ask your family or friends to help you out. It’s one thing to learn your own lines but it’s also very important to learn your cues – that’s when you come in with your lines. Grab a family member, have them read all the other characters in the scene, and you come in with your own lines.
- Record the scenes and leave gaps for where your lines come in, then you can just replay the scene and repeat as many times as you need to until you know the lines.
- Another tip is to read the script every night so that you’re really, really familiar with the story. The lines will start to drop in subconsciously and you won’t even need to think about it.
- Understand your character and the scene. When you know what is happening in the scene it is much easier to remember the lines, or improvise if you forget!
- Make sure you rehearse your lines out loud, not just in your head. It’s important to hear the lines in your own voice often so that they become second nature.
- Rehearse the blocking (movements) that your director has worked through for the scene. Often combining the moves and the words helps you to create physical connections.
Learning lines is something that we all need to do but we can make it as quick and painless as possible so that we can get on to the real fun of performing.