Learning a script can be challenging, especially in early rehearsals, but there are ways of making the lines easier to remember. By experimenting with different methods of learning lines, a performer can select the techniques that they find most suitable for them.
Once on stage, a performer should always be acting, even if it is not their turn to speak, although it doesn’t have to be large and noticeable to be effective. Performers should always be in role, even if they aren’t playing a character - this is sometimes known as actor as demonstrator. Coming out of character, or out of role, is called corpsing.
When learning a script, it is important for a performer to also learn their cues. For example, a character’s first line may follow a lighting change at the start of the play and even if they are on stage prior to the lighting change they must not speak until they have seen or heard their cue. Performers also need to respond or react to others on stage, and considering how a character might react to the lines or actions of others in the play is very useful.