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Offline Philomel

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What to do with your hands?
« on: November 05, 2010, 12:19:30 PM »
Looking for some new ideas for what to do with my hands when I'm not "doing" anything.  Other than 1. fiddling with my fan 2. needlework  3.  prayerbook.

any suggestions?

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 02:49:10 PM »
I assume you're portraying a court lady, so here are a few suggestions, many from a long-time courtier friend of mine:

*primping yourself/others
*harp/mandolin
*needlework, needlework, needlework
*some card games
*pick a small child to entertain from a distance; peekaboo, etc
*string games with small children? Cat's cradle, etc
*pay attention to the queen

A few more specifics about the character, as well as what you're looking for (ways to relieve personal boredom, pretty things to do, specifically entertaining things) might be helpful.

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 03:51:36 PM »
I tend to never know what to do with mine either but found having a character-driven posture or stance to fall back on helps. What character is this for and what is their personality like?

Do you have a favorite faire photograph site? That's where I've gotten some ideas for stance, just by looking at others. As a noble for four years (and a royal for one), I've changed it up depending on my character. Last year I was a villian and had my hands on my hips a lot (yes, yes, not exactly a period way to stand but it was a character and body language driven one). This year as a rebel-princess, I tended to fiddle with my necklace or hat plumes or had one hand on a hip and the other across my waist. A couple years ago, I was New Money and polished my rings when I was bored or distracted. I've found affectations like a goblet to hold (helps with hydration too) or a fan help too.

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 04:53:56 PM »
Well, I'm still developing the character somewhat.  Without giving too much away, I'm a much younger queen to an older king, but it has to stay family friendly.  Right now I seem to be spending alot of time sitting and looking pretty.

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 06:49:40 PM »
Well, I'm still developing the character somewhat.  Without giving too much away, I'm a much younger queen to an older king, but it has to stay family friendly.  Right now I seem to be spending alot of time sitting and looking pretty.

...which is what noble women do. A lot. Practice gracefully folding your hands on your lap and sitting up straight.

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2010, 06:54:19 PM »
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...which is what noble women do. A lot.

The lady speaks truth.

Offline Philomel

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 11:13:16 AM »
Yawn.  lol -No wonder some of my scripted lines sound so desperate for something to do!

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 08:23:01 AM »
I'm still a little confused; are you looking for things to do with your hands while you're in conversation, or are you looking for audience interaction bits?

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 09:22:26 AM »
I've got long bits where the conversation goes on around me, so stuff to do then.  Not necessarily formal court, but alot of sitting around.

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Re: What to do with your hands?
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 09:41:35 AM »
So these are scripted moments where you're not talking? The thing to do then is to throw focus to whoever is talking; actively listen to them, and react accordingly.

If these are unscripted conversations, inject yourself into them. You can do this while doing other things, esp. needlework and primping.

 

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