At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions Paperback – 4 May 1995
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'This book is extremely concise and makes the work of Grotowski something students understand.' - Jane Hanna, Roehampton Institute, UK
'An essential text for anyone interested in the work of Polish theatre-maker and teacher Jerzy Grotowski.' - Total Theatre
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Published here in English for the first time, At Work With Grotowski On Physical Actions is a compelling insider's view of the more recent work of one of the central figures of twentieth-century theatre. It will be compulsive and inspiring reading for every student of acting, and for anyone interested in the history of the theatre.
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Richard writes about how he found Grotowski and attended workshops and training programmes. With great honesty, he talks of his own failings and difficulties with both the training and grotowski himself. However, he also paints a wonderful picture of his master as a teacher of great warmth and humour.
Richards also includes some explanations and insights into the theoretical basis of the work. This helps change the view many people have of Grotowski's work and allows one to understand how earlier works had helped develop his later theories,even if he later discarded them. One of Richards' earliest encounters with Grotowski humourously shows how this was something many people did not realise; When the director gave a workshop at Richards' college, the students decided to impress grotowski by performing a kind of pseudo-ritualistic event in the desert. Rather than being impressed with the work, Grotowski thanks them for showing him how bad and cliched para-theatrical events could be!
This is not a "how-to" manual. It is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between a master and his students, writtten in an easy to read, enjoyable manner.
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As a bonus, the book bridges the gap between traditional Stanislavski method and physically-based acting, by showing how Grotowski's work is in continuation of the Method, not in oppostion to it. Any serious student of theater will want to have this book on their shelf
Having said that, it is an excellent read for probably every serious actor, who will recognize in Richards' frank account their own mistakes, frustration over lack of discipline, and impatient desires to be brilliant. Definitely inspiring, occasionally repetitive or unclear.