John Cleese is one of the many actors who uses the AT. He has commented:
“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”
The veteran comedian, now 76, is still touring and performing. In a recent interview, he described the simple ritual he carries out before going on stage, using his experience of the Alexander Technique.
“I lie on the floor with a book under my head, my knees up and my feet flat on the floor, very, very quiet for about half an hour.”
“If I do that then I always go on stage feeling good. It is one of the reasons I am not terribly keen on having people visiting me before the show, I like that period of absolute quiet to get completely relaxed. Then when I go on stage I am going to be much funnier if I’m relaxed than if I’m still a bit wound up.”