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Theatre Games: A New Approach to Drama Training (Performance Books) Paperback – 25 Aug 1977

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; Reprint edition (25 Aug. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413453804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413453808
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theatre Games is a massive contribution to the art of theatre...A bulging portfolio of credo, craft, advice and instruction...It is dazzlingly astute and a thrilling read - quite unlike a text-book, rather a long, fascinating chat into the small hours. --The Stage

Clive Barker's book is more than just a guidebook of improvisational games for actors: it is, rather a comprehensive exploration of acting techniques. --New York Theatre Review

[Clive Barker's] style is relaxed, almost chatty, and is pleasantly free from jargon...all drama teachers should read this book and learn from his unpretentious approach which still reveals a real passion for his work. --Mia Ball, Speaking English, Spring 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Clive Barker (dec) joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in its heyday in 1955. He appeared in West End productions and directed at the Royal Court, for the German National Theatre and in the US. He lectured at drama schools, was Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick and was joint editor of New Theatre Quarterly. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. SILLITOE on 18 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because of an interest in children's games and the desire to import them into a conventional classroom teaching context. But what I found was a whole lot more. Clive Barker's understanding of mind/body interaction is awesome and he reveals that the life of the actor is an ongoing discovery of sociological and psychological information. His belief that academic study should not be isolated from practical experience in the field of the arts in order to produce rounded human beings permeates the book. A really fascinating read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs K Barker on 12 July 2013
Format: Paperback
The techniques and theories in this book are as relevant now as they were when the book was originally written. Inspiring and accessible presentation of the concepts. The author was an innovative, passionate champion of the theatre and of groundbreaking, confidence building techniques.

A 'must read', not just for students but for anyone interested in the theatre.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Russell on 3 July 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am absolutely thrilled with the service! The book came in a week and was in great condition!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A classic book on actor training 4 Mar. 2000
By Jørn Buch Larsen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a book meant for someone who works actively with theatre (both professionals and amateurs). The focus of this book is how to use children games in actor training. The concept was new and unusual when Clive Barker developed it 30-40 years ago, but is now used by many actors and teachers. The book is full of practical exercises but present also a very valuable theoretical foundation for this kind of work. I read this book for the first time about 20 years ago, and it is still one of those books that I come back to and finds valuable information and inspiration from.
In this book Clive Barker introduces a concept of "Body Think" - a new concept at that time when he wrote this book, and a concept that is meant as a practical way to deal with the kind of non-logical-thinking that an actors has to work with. Since then people like Howard Gardner has introduced theories about 'Multiple Intelligence's' which has gained a general acceptance all over the world. Clive Barkers writings about the actors use of 'Body Think' gives additional information to what Howard Garner calls 'Spatial Intelligence' and ''Bodily- kinaesthetic Intelligence'. It can probably be very useful to read Clive Barkes book alongside Howard Gardners books (Frames of Mind, The Arts and Human Development, Multiple Intelligence - The Theory in Practice). Also Daniel Goleman's book on Emotional Intelligence might be a good companion.
Clive Barker's book is a very good book that presents theoretical concepts as well as practical methods that makes sense in the daily practical work of an actor. In many ways this book is much more useful than the famous books of Stanislavsky.
Awesome 30 Aug. 2013
By Fernando Battle - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There is a reason this book set a standard... it works! The exercises are useful and relevant. I have used this book for years as a director and actor. From theater to TV, both long and short form film as well. The exercises are specific to the situation at hand and actually work. Each chapter introduces a new set of ideas and concepts based on acting and directing conventions used for some time now. This book is still groundbreaking even decades later. I know it seems it shouldn't be relevant due to the year it was first published however, the art of acting and directing still employs conventions and techniques used since Shakespeare. So having a companion to guide you though those conventions just makes sense. Highly recommended for working professionals, as well as, those still learning.
Great condition. Unfortunately for me 12 Aug. 2015
By wetware - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great condition. Unfortunately for me, I didn't research this book first and made the mistake of thinking it was the OTHER author, Clive Barker. Nobody but myself to blame for that one. :)
8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Barker isn't Barker 20 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I haven't read this, sorry. But I wanted to stop anyone who thinks this might be Clive Barker, novelist. It isn't, trust me (I waited months for a copy of this book only to find out too late
4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Drama training is drama training 7 Jan. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Now who's the clueless bonehead who orders a book called "... drama training" and thinks its a horror story. Jeez. Too much television.
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