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Impro for Storytellers: Theatresports and the Art of Making Things Happen Paperback – 17 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571190995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571190997
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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With this in mind, I honour the seminal writing of Keith Johnstone in the field of improvisation and the great care that he has taken to share, teach and explore his Theatresports theories with drama and acting students, practitioners, researchers and audiences worldwide..

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In Impro for Storytellers, Keith Johnstone builds on and extends his seminal work Impro, the classic text based on improvisation work conducted by Johnstone in theatres, schools and universities since the sixties.

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Theatresports was inspired by pro-wrestling, a family entertainment where Terrible Turks mangled defrocked Priests while mums and dads yelled insults, and grannies staggered forward waving their handbags (years passed before I learned that some of the more berserk grannies were paid stooges). Read the first page
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sydney on 5 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is quite a large book, pretty much entirely made up of a wide variety of games for actors with vivid examples of what students come up with under pressure, and thorough explanations of the goal of each excercise. It's extremely well written and just as good as something to sit down and read, as something to get up and play with.

The games range from easy to very hard; many would make excellent fun warm-ups to introduce non-actors to basic acting theory and to interacting with an audience. What makes this book unusual for an acting text is the emphasis on story, and the highly audience-centric approach to performance.

I would seriously recommend this book to writers, screenwriters, and story artists. The ultimate goal for Johnstone is to teach his improvisers to hook the audience and keep them hooked by altering tactics, reversing, raising the stakes, setting up expectations. Throughout, his unexpected cry of "Be obvious! Don't be creative!" keeps the story being invented on an engaging emotional level.

I bought this because I'm teaching a class involving some acting, but found so many exciting ideas for plotting I want to send a copy to everyone I know in story. First rate.
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By J. Brain on 14 Aug. 2010
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Keith Johnstone wrote IMPRO in 1979 and it has been a classic reference tool for improvised drama games and exercises for drama students and teachers alike ever since. Impro for Storytellers: Theatresports and the Art of Making Things Happen was first published in 1999 and is packed with activities and observations on playing them, using and exploring them. It's a thick book and holds many gems within it. It's especially worth buying if you're an English or Drama teacher, Performing Arts Student, Writer, Storyteller .... but I imagine that lots of people would find this book a good read as Keith Johnstone takes great care to share his many years of working with Impro and 'Stories' with young people and adults in a way that would mean just as much to the non theatre practitioner as it would to the seasoned performer. Another useful addition to your reference shelf!! I bought my first copy whilst working as an Education Officer for a Theatre, I've bought several copies since and given them as presents to youth theatre leaders, actors and budding writers - I highly recommend it.
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By Mariab on 7 Jan. 2011
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When I purchased this book, it was because it was on my university reading list for my drama course, and I never got full use from it until now. It is a fanastic book when studying the practice of performance and rehearsal processes. It has a full range of games and theories which are essential when studying drama. I would recommend this for any first year drama or performance arts student.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By simon@turley.demon.co.uk on 7 April 2001
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This book is an invaluable development of the work started in Johnstone's "Impro". Here he continues to provide hope to all teachers [whatever their subject] and all theatrical practitioners. In his inimitably jaunty, anecdotal style Keith Johnstone compiles a new testament to his Bible of storytelling wisdom. Whether it is his insights into what audiences want, or the simple release of what actors and writers tie themselves up in, this book is a lexicon of hope and joy.
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