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Impro for Storytellers : Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback) - Keith Johnstone

Impro for Storytellers

Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780878301058
Number Of Pages: 388

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Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. In this book, Johnstone takes a further decade of experience as a teacher and coach and explores how an individual's potential can be released in group settings. "Be more boring!" he might yell to a student striving to be original. "Be more obvious!" he could advise a clever performer.These are unorthodox techniques, but ones that are part of the games that have made Johnstone's work uniquely effective in the theatre community. Beyond its strictly theatrical applications, Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.If you've ever been clumsy and awkward, this book will improve your interpersonal skills and encourage a life-long study of human interaction.

With this in mind, I honour the seminal writing of Keith Johnstone in the field of improvisation and the great care that he has taken to share, teach and explore his Theatresports theories with drama and acting students, practitioners, researchers and audiences worldwide..

Introductionp. ix
Theatresportsp. 1
Originsp. 1
Theatresports at Loose Moosep. 2
Theatresports by Stealthp. 6
Teaching the 'Form'p. 7
In at the Deep Endp. 11
Disaster is Unavoidablep. 12
The Sticky Stagep. 12
The Magnetic Stagep. 13
Challengesp. 13
The Warning for Boringp. 16
Misbehaviourp. 18
Using Audience Volunteersp. 20
Mimep. 21
Why is Theatresports a Comic Form?p. 22
Types of Playerp. 23
What Theatresports Can Achievep. 23
Audience Suggestionsp. 25
No One Caresp. 25
Laughter Misleadsp. 26
Trapsp. 28
Rejecting Suggestionsp. 28
Scene Salep. 29
Use Restraintp. 29
Trouble with Feedbackp. 31
Getting Educatedp. 31
Fools' Paradisep. 31
Destructive Feedbackp. 33
Being 'Over-cheered'p. 33
Group-Yesp. 34
Flashlight Theatrep. 36
The 'Seen Enough' Gamep. 36
Theme and Forfeitp. 39
Gorilla Theatrep. 42
Micetro Improp. 49
Spontaneityp. 55
'Here Be Monsters'p. 55
Being a Chameleonp. 55
No Syllabusp. 55
Progressive Desensitizationp. 56
Paradoxical Teachingp. 56
Tug-o'Warp. 57
Giving Presentsp. 58
Evaluating the Workp. 59
Playing Tagp. 59
On Not Making the Rules Clearp. 60
Blame Mep. 60
Drop Dead, Keithp. 61
Volunteers, and Failurep. 61
When Students Failp. 62
Forcing Failurep. 63
Don't Punish Yourselfp. 64
Be Averagep. 64
Sport Versus Show-businessp. 66
The Wrong Risksp. 67
Dullness is Deliberatep. 68
Being 'Original'p. 69
The Imaginationp. 72
Prodigiesp. 73
Impro for Storytellersp. 75
Journey without Mapsp. 75
Action and Interactionp. 76
On Not Being a Herop. 78
Moral Decisionsp. 78
Circles of Expectationp. 79
Pointp. 80
Justificationp. 81
Mysteriesp. 82
Breaking the Routinep. 84
Fun with Tiltingp. 89
Making Things Happenp. 101
Blockingp. 101
Being Negativep. 113
Wimpingp. 114
Cancellingp. 118
Joiningp. 118
Gossipingp. 118
Agreed Activitiesp. 120
Bridgingp. 120
Hedgingp. 123
Sidetrackingp. 123
Being Originalp. 124
Loopingp. 124
Gaggingp. 125
Comic Exaggerationp. 127
Conflictp. 128
Instant Troublep. 128
Lowering the Stakesp. 128
Consequencesp. 129
Story Gamesp. 130
Creating Gamesp. 130
Word-at-a-Timep. 131
What Comes Next?p. 134
Non-sequential Listsp. 142
Link the Itemsp. 144
Verbal Chasep. 144
The Boris Gamep. 145
Keyboard Gamep. 151
Being Therep. 155
Three-word Sentencesp. 155
One-word Sentencesp. 155
The Hat-Gamep. 156
Making Facesp. 162
The Vampirep. 168
Leave for the Same Reasonp. 169
Dubbingp. 171
Invisibilityp. 178
The Ghost Gamep. 181
Some Filler Gamesp. 183
The Die Gamep. 183
Emotional Goalsp. 184
Endowmentsp. 185
Freeze Gamesp. 186
Guess the Phrasep. 187
The No 'S' Gamep. 188
A Scene without ...p. 189
Sideways Scenesp. 189
Yes-Butp. 190
Proceduresp. 192
Blind Offersp. 192
Justify the Gesturep. 193
He Said/She Saidp. 195
Substitution Improp. 199
Moving Bodiesp. 200
The Armsp. 202
The Dwarfp. 204
The Giantp. 204
Adjectivep. 204
Wide Eyesp. 204
Wide Mouthp. 206
Tempop. 207
Sound Scapep. 208
You're Interestingp. 209
Boring the Audiencep. 211
Wallpaper Dramap. 212
Straight Menp. 213
Gibberishp. 214
Statusp. 219
The Kinetic Dancep. 232
Party Endowmentsp. 233
Sandwichesp. 236
The King Gamep. 237
Master-Servantp. 240
Slow-motion Commentaryp. 241
Versep. 245
The Klutzp. 246
Advancing (And Not Advancing)p. 248
Hitting with Balloonsp. 254
Beep-Beepp. 260
Serious Scenesp. 264
Substituting Phrasesp. 264
Love and Hatep. 265
Emotional Soundsp. 268
Mantrasp. 270
Alfred Luntp. 274
Characterp. 275
Who Are We?p. 275
Changing the Body Imagep. 276
Machinesp. 277
People Machinesp. 277
Being Animalsp. 278
Obsessionsp. 280
Fast-Food Labanp. 283
Fast-Food Stanislavskyp. 285
Miscellaneous Gamesp. 302
Bell and Buzzerp. 302
Scenes with Fingersp. 302
People as Objectsp. 303
Dennis's Puppet Showp. 304
Changing the Objectp. 304
Entertainment Gamesp. 307
Stealingp. 307
The Knife Gamep. 308
Hand on Kneep. 310
Spasmsp. 314
Paper-Flickingp. 316
Speech Defect Gamep. 317
Technical Stuffp. 320
Judgesp. 320
Penaltiesp. 325
Counting Outp. 326
Waving the Lights Downp. 327
Scoringp. 327
Three Seldom-used Versions of Theatresportsp. 328
The Five Theatresports Matches in Current Usep. 329
Rules of Theatresportsp. 331
Afterthoughtsp. 337
The Bodyp. 337
The Mindp. 338
The Sexesp. 338
Qualityp. 339
Great Audiencesp. 340
Great Improvisersp. 341
Getting Jadedp. 341
Fast-Food Stanislavsky Listsp. 343
A Selection of Tilt Listsp. 354
More Filler Gamesp. 362
Notes I've Givenp. 369
Index of Gamesp. 373
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ISBN: 9780878301058
ISBN-10: 0878301054
Series: Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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