Character Analysis

Building a great Pirate starts from WITHIN!

When creating your historical persona, the three most important things to keep in mind are:

  1. Create a character that you can believe in and that you can keep up all day

  2. It is wise to avoid negative or frightening characters, and vital to choose a realistic person to play. Extreme fantasy characters or D&D characters are pretty implausible.

  3. Make sure the character you are developing exists in the time period. It’s hard to be a convincing 18th century pirate if the setting is during the 1533 court of Henry the VIII.

To help you define the character you will be creating, print out and use the following questionnaire.

HINT: You don’t have to cram the answers onto this sheet. Use a separate sheet of paper. This is not a trivial "make work assignment”. A written analysis forces you to think deeply about your character, so give it a shot!


NOTE: When the questions below refer to “you”, they are actually referring to the character you are developing!


  • What is your name, age and occupation?

  • What special stills do you have?

  • Where do you live? Rural? Urban? Hotel? Palace? Describe your dwelling in minute detail (down to the square nails in the floorboards)

  • Who are your parents and how does your background affect your life today?

  • What is your religious background?

  • What are your present beliefs?

  • What are your attitudes to the change that are coming about in the time period’s religious life?

  • What is your attitude toward revelry and merrymaking

  • What is your altitude to people of classes other than your own?

  • What is the single most important thing, the most significant event and deepest most significant secret affecting your life so far?

Describe yourself in detail, in terms of:
  • Movement

  • Mannerisms

  • Gestures

  • Dress

  • Speech

  • Habits

  • Health

  • State of mind

  • Strengths

  • Weaknesses

  • Quirks

  • Secrets

  • Pleasures

  • Terrors

  • Likes and Dislikes

  • All of the things that make your character either unique or ordinary

What gestures con you use or images can you employ to separate your character from your “in sooth" or "real" self?



As you go through this process, remember to refer to your character analysis frequently and update it as necessary! It is the essence of the person you are becoming. To be a successful performer, you must know your character as yourself!

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