Imagine there is a line, or bar, that you think is the right level you want to achieve. If everything you are doing in rehearsal is below the bar, then all your work becomes about pulling it up to that level.

If you can give yourself the freedom in rehearsals sometimes to jump above that bar, not being afraid to be over the top, or a caricature, a stereotype, or just plain crazy – then it becomes about bringing the work down to an appropriate level of truth: down to the bar.

But you may find in the process that the bar actually belongs a little higher than you thought it was.