Actors reading/reciting poems - themselves or acting?

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Hi.

Came across with a TV series where the actor(s) is reciting poems to the camera. This is the idea of the series, it's not part of some fictional movie or bigger production. In this case the actors are "alone" in the studio (I believe the credit is "performance" in the end credits), but there can be also programs where the actor is on stage reading/reciting poems (or similar) to the audience.

To clarify: in these cases, do we list the actors as "himself" and "herself"? Rarely the actor is "just" reading poems so he's more-or-less (also) acting, but not sure what's IMDb stance on the matter.

Thanks.
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Nipsey Russell

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To read poetry aloud is an act of skill that requires one to convey its meaning by placing emphasis on the proper words. An acting skill if there ever was one!
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Yes we agree, an actor/actress is giving a performance and is reading from a script, therefore this should be treated as an acting role.

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Will
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Only logical! (Lt Commander Spock)
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Thanks Will. In this case the actors are following the original poems word-by-word, so no real ”script” (originally written for the series, I mean), but of course they’ve learned the poems and like I said, are also ”acting”.