None of the apps above will make you a better actor, necessarily.But the i Pad and i Phone are now crucial studio and theatre accessories.Actors will tell you that the problem in learning is to read your script cues without accidentally seeing your next lines and this is a great solution.You can record scenes, speaking your lines quietly so in playback you can speak over them.It’s written to appeal to aspiring actors and more experienced thesps in need of a brush-up.Shakespeare Pro (i Pad, i Phone £6.99) is the best of the many apps focusing on the bard.
Rehearsal 2 is one of several winning successes among actors.And if nothing else, actors can always use their i Phone to nag their agents to get them more jobs.The Independent's bitcoin group on Facebook is the best place to follow the latest discussions and developments in cryptocurrency.It’s easy to miss because it’s so small, and you might never have noticed it before, let alone wondered what it’s for.However, the hole actually serves a very important purpose.Overall, though, this is a less successful app: it has a poor instruction manual, for a start. The industry’s trade paper was traditionally the place to look for jobs, and the app aims to find actors work. Unsurprisingly, auditions are thin on the ground, and are padded out with comedy and karaoke gigs.And both this and Rehearsal run the risk that you’ll learn your lines in a set pattern and rhythm, which can be counter-productive as rehearsals progress and you change your take on the character. Then there’s Scene Partner (i Pad, i Phone, free but with in-app purchases), which includes electronic voices to speak other lines for you.Designed by the lengthily-named American actor David H Lawrence XVII, the app is widely liked by performers. Once you’ve imported a script you swipe your finger across your lines to highlight them in yellow.Then, when you’re trying to commit them to memory, one touch of the Blackout button turns the helpful yellow hue to impenetrable black, forcing you to remember.After all, the first question every actor is asked, the very first question, is “How do you learn your lines?” Actually, the truth is there’s no magic bullet: the only answer is hard work studying the script.