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Impro : Improvisation and the Theatre - Keith Johnstone

Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Paperback Published: 18th October 2018
ISBN: 9781350069039
Number Of Pages: 208

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In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.

Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group 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.

'If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre.' Irving Wardle

About the Author

Keith Johnstone was Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s, helping in particular to run the Writer's Group. The improvisatory techniques and exercises evolved there to foster spontaneity and narrative skills were developed further in the actors' studio, then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. An internationally recognized authority in the field of improvisation, his books Impro, and Impro For Storytellers, have been translated into many languages. He leads master classes in improvisation around the world.

Industry Reviews

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) *
For insight into a truly creative mind, read Impro. * Psychologies (February 2010) *

Preface by Irving Wardle

Introduction

Status

Spontaneity

Narrative Skills

Masks and Trance

ISBN: 9781350069039
ISBN-10: 1350069035
Series: Performance Books
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18th October 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3

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