Impro (Performance Books): Improvisation and the Theatre Paperback – 31 Jul 2007
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'A hundred practical techniques for encouraging spontaneity and originality by catching the subconscious unawares... here is an inexhaustible supply of zany suggestions for unfreezing the petrified imagination.' -- Daily Telegraph
'If you don't have this book - get it quick... Johnstone's insights are as powerfully clear as ever... It's a treasure trove of ideas and methods; it will ease and enrich work and studies... An invigorating read.' -- Reviews Gate (August 2007)
"A hundred practical techniques for encouraging spontaneity and originality by catching the subconscious unawares here is an inexhaustible supply of zany suggestions for unfreezing the petrified imagination" Daily Telegraph A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare histechniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill foractors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors'studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then indemonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the foundingof a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "NarrativeSkills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order agroup might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity."Ifteachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors,designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a nameas are those of Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talentswho were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in thelate 1950s.As head of the script department, Johnstone played acrucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre " IrvingWardle See all Product description
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This book is brilliant however, and I laughed out aloud on many occasions. I'm not interested acting, but read this on recommendation by a well respected magician nonetheless.
You will enjoy this book if you have any interest in seeing how people interact with each other, acting, comedy or creativity in any form. It shows clearly where some of the things by Slattery, McShane and all those other Whose line is it anyway? folk stem from.
Fascinating and a brilliant book
It is fascinating to read even if some of it is pretty strange, especially the chapter on mask work.
I am making use of many of the games that he details and I think that it has improved my writing.
In particular the "status games" were brilliant. I am much more aware of people's body language after reading this book.