Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Performing Arts - 208 pages

Keith Johnstone's involvement with the theatre began when George Devine and Tony Richardson, artistic directors of the Royal Court Theatre, commissioned a play from him. This was in 1956. A few years later he was himself Associate Artistic Director, working as a play-reader and director, in particular helping to run the Writers' Group. The improvisatory techniques and exercises evolved there to foster spontaneity and narrative skills were developed further in the actors' studio then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers, called The Theatre Machine.

Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills', and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific techniques and exercises which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is both an ideas book and a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.

 

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User Review  - Mark.Eckersley - LibraryThing

A great book that hasn't dated. It has great improvisation games and the author is the real inventor of theatresports when he went to live in Vancouver. The mask stuff is still a great introduction to mask work and the devising theatre descriptions are still priceless. Read full review

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User Review  - meta87 - LibraryThing

I found tons of interesting and useful information in this book not only about improv and acting, but social situations and interacting with others. I would recommend this book to teachers especially ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Notes on Myself
13
Status
33
Spontaneity
75
Narrative Skills
109
Masks and Trance
143
Appendix
206
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