A different way of learning lines.
I personally find that learning lines through repetition and writing doesn't work well for me - I am dyslectic. I have studied methods and through both watching documentaries and visiting trainers like Claire Salter http://dyslexia-unlocked.com/about.html I have found a method that works.
The technique below is called Anchoring or the Loci technique, I have tried lots of other ways of learning lines and this is fastest for me.
It is one of the oldest and best methods in history.
1. Find a piece of text you want to learn.
2. Get some post-it notes and a dictaphone which you can record your speech into and play it back. Most smart phones have this function.
3. Record your speech flat, without excess intonation, not robotic just a flat read, with no manufactured performance.
4. Now take the first line of your speech, for example "He's blue…he isn't breathing" and write on a post-it note a memory trigger word such as "DEAD". When you read "DEAD" on a post it note, it will make you think of the line, "He's blue…he isn't breathing".
5. Place this note on the wall of a room, or on a chair or on a bookshelf (any place in space) and say the line out loud "He's blue…he isn't breathing" see the word on the note and step along the wall/floor/carpet.... You now continue with the next line, for example "wake up, for Gods sake wake brother" you might write " RISE" on a post-it note to make the connection to waking up or you might find something else works better.
Place this note on the wall, repeat the line and take another step. Now do the same with the next line and the next... repeat this for the whole speech, this may fill your house with post-it notes, depending on how much you need to learn. Artistole learned 3 hour speeches this way. When you have finished you will have a physical memory map which you can walk around in your imagination.
6. Next using your dictaphone recording of your speech, start at the beginning of your walk and see you first trigger word, for example"DEAD". Try to remember your first line, say it out loud, now play it back, to check you got it right. If its wrong repeat the line out loud to embed the right text. Now move on and say the next line looking at the trigger note, for example " RISE" now check it back from the recording, and the next and the next. This method can also be used to play in cue lines from other performers.
7. Walk around your memory room and keep repeating the learning process, try using the tape recorder less. The words will begin to slip in quickly.
8. You will soon be able to see the memory room in your mind, you will be able to walk around the space and see the anchors/trigger words on the post it notes, they will allow you to have a physical map of the text as you say the words.
9. After a short period you will begin to know the text "by heart" and this will free your performance allowing you to not think about the next line, it will just appear in your mind.
The method of loci memory technique was first described in written form in a Roman treatise on rhetoric called ad Herennium, but it also made appearances in treatises by Cicero and Quintilian. It’s an extremely effective mnemonic device and is still used by memory champions like Joshua Foer, author of the recent book, Moonwalking With Einstein.