The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Theatre, Comedy, and Beyond Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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Cofounders of the London-based improvisational theater company The Spontaneity Shop, Salinsky and Frances-White provide a wonderful addition to the growing literature on theatrical improvisation. The book can serve as both a scholarly resource, since it covers the history of improvisation from its beginnings to the present, and a practical guide, for the beginner and advanced improviser... The authors include interviews with ten leading international improvisers, and they conclude with an appendix that details many of the most common improvisational games used in academic and professional settings. This book is a must for institutions supporting theater and performance programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers, all levels. --S.W. Cole, CHOICE, January
About the Author
Tom Salinsky and Deborah Francis - White are the co-founders of The Spontaneity Shop. Together they have performed improvisation for The Royal Court, The RSC Summer Season, The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program.
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A very useful tool I have referred to many times for my group.
Fascinating sections on narrative (usually neglected by Impro manuals with the honourable exception of Keith Johnstone) and on diagnosing and curing performer's tendencies and difficulties. This book manages to be practical and readable - especially useful for teachers everywhere.
I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't know what improv is, but also to anyone who does since you probably have a more critical eye to it and can probably gain some actual knowledge and experience. I only saw it as an informative book as I am completely new to either improv of theater for that matter!
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WEll written, a very good and informative book on improvisation.Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. D. Church
either for begginers of people who already have experience and are looking at a broader view on Improv Theatre :)Published on 24 Feb. 2014 by Hugo Rosa
Plenty of good tips and tricks in this book - with many contributers from the world of improvisation and theatre.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by Mike Burgess
Congratulations on bringing a whole new fresh approach to understanding and teaching improvisation.
The book is divided into clearly understandable sections with methodology... Read more