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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854597825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854597823
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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John Wright's magnum opus... a real labour of love and it is hard to believe that there is any aspect of the subject that he does not explore and explain...essential. --British Theatre Guide

A must for any budding physical comedy performers - and an inspiration for everyone who treads the boards, whether they think of themselves as 'comedic' or not. --Total Theatre Magazine


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This book clearly lays out the fundamentals of John Wright's work. It breaks apart acting clichés and the far too frequent stuffiness of theater. It gives theater makers and performers tools and practical exercises that really work. And it will help you to make work! He draws on his vast experience and explorations with actors and other great master teachers and theater makers. His work is liberating and inspiring and this book reads that way. And it's about alot more than just comedy. It will make you want to go out and make a play right away. Your work will be better for it.
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First a confession: a few years ago I was subject to ritual humiliation in one of John Wright's workshops - each time I reluctantly clambered to my feet to engage with one of his exercises my efforts were greeted by a forest of hands telling me I was patently not interesting and certainly not amusing. (Read the book for reference to this exercise) I went away feeling bruised and somewhat resentful of those to whom clowning and buffoonery appeared to come easily. It was only later that I realised I had been taught an incredibly valuable lesson, and one that should have been obvious to a drama professional: always pay attention to your audience - they will let you know if they like what you are doing - and if they don't - try doing something else.

This book is a manual of useful exercises; a personal philosophy of performance; and a lifelong journey of discovery and exploration around the broad area of theatrical clowning and physical comedy. It is written in a jargon-free style, whose use of self-effacing anecdote made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions. The descriptions of the exercises are precise and detailed, enabling the experienced teacher to visualise and adapt easily. The book has a resemblance to Keith Johnstone's classic text 'Impro', in both its structural format and its very real enjoyment of and passionate engagement with its subject matter. In a time where educators are encouraged to 'facilitate' rather than teach, where the notion of 'failure' has been erased from the curriculum, John Wright teaches us the most valuable lesson of all - failure is fundamentally and absolutely how we learn - we just have to 'keep getting up', keep taking risks, and keep trying new things - and always, always, watch the audience.
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A very interesting book with lots of practical workshop ideas. I tried out some of the exercises with my students and they worked really well. It is also interesting for any theatre students who wish to know more about the work of LeCoq in Paris
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This work is a must read for anyone who cares about theatre in all its forms. It should be compulsory reading at all drama schools. Brilliant.
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This is a great book for theatre teachers and students because is clear and straightforward. The phylosophical comments and good exercises will help theatre people to improve their knowledge on physical theatre. I wish there was a translation in portuguese language.
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This has been a very informative book. Great for students and teachers wanting to understand and develop comedic style. I love the conversational style with lots of progressional games - excellent for a variety of age groups, provided you have had some training.
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I have loved reading this book, it is really full of wisdom and experience in a no nonsense kinda way. I think it is a great practical book for actors at whatever stage of their career they are. John is a master and worth hearing what he has to say
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This book really gave me a favour tactic gateway into how an actor can develop a physical sequence and let the natural comedy come from the body. A perfect book for actors at all levels of their dicepline. This was my favourite during drama school
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