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The Improvisation Game Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance

The Improvisation Game<br> by Chris Johnston The Improvisation Game Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance
Your Price: $32.00 CDN
Author: Chris Johnston
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 364
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1854596683
ISBN-13: 9781854596680

About the Book:

Packed with exercises and practical techniques, The Improvisation Game by Chris Johnston explores how improvisation can be used both to create performance and as an end in itself.

It reveals the techniques, structures and methods used by key practitioners in the field of improvised drama, music and dance — amongst them Keith Johnstone (author of Impro), Max Stafford-Clark (Out of Joint), Phelim McDermott (Improbable Theatre), Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment), John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot) and Robert Lepage.

The book also looks at many famous traditions, events and performances with improvisation at their core, ranging from the Living Theatre to the Scratch Orchestra, from John Cage to Lenny Bruce, and seeks to draw out their significance in the always evolving world of improvisation.

What people say:

"…essential reading… a source of inspiration and a great toolbook for budding devised theatre makers." — Total Theatre Magazine

"…a vital book for everyone who wishes to engage seriously with drama improvisation — it's changed my way of thinking." —

About the Author:

Chris Johnston has been active in drama for over 25 years and has worked with groups of all kinds from prisoners to old-age pensioners, from youth clubs to professional actors. He is Co-Director of Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) and Director of Fluxx Theatre Company. He is also the author of the influential House of Games.