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    Description"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 A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises 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


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    Title
    Impro
    Subtitle
    Improvisation and the Theatre
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Keith Johnstone
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 248 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780713687019
    ISBN 10: 0713687010
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    BISAC V2.8: PER001000
    DC22: 792.028
    BIC subject category V2: ANC
    Thema V1.0: ATDC
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    METHUEN DRAMA
    Publication date
    29 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Keith Johnstone is 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.
    Review quote
    '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)