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Devising Theatre

Author : Alison Oddey
ISBN : 9781136111969
Genre : Performing Arts
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Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After identifying the unique nature of this type of performance, the author examines how devised theatre is perceived by professional practitioners, and provides an historical overview illustrating how it has evolved since the 1960s. Alison Oddey examines the particular working practices and products of a number of professional companies, including a Reminiscence theatre for the elderly and a theatre-in-education group, and offers ideas and exercises for exploration and experimentation.
Category: Performing Arts

A Beginner S Guide To Devising Theatre

Author : Jess Thorpe
ISBN : 9781350025950
Genre : Performing Arts
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Much of the theatre we make starts with a script and a story given to us by someone else. But what happens when we're required to start from scratch? How do we begin to make theatre using our own ideas, our own perspective, our own stories? A Beginner's Guide to Devising Theatre, written by the artistic directors of the award-winning young people's performance company Junction 25 and is aimed at those new to devising or wanting to further develop their skills. It explores creative ways to create original theatre from a contemporary stimulus. It offers a structure within which to approach the creative process, including ideas on finding a starting point, generating material, composition and design; it offers practical ideas for use in rehearsal; and it presents grounding in terminology that will support a confident and informed approach to production. The book features contributions from some of the young performers who have been a part of Junction 25's work to date, as well as key artists and companies that work professionally in devised theatre, including case studies from Quarantine, the Team, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nic Green and Ontroerend Goed. The work of Junction 25 is used to illustrate the concepts and ideas set out in the book. Ideal for any student faced with the challenge of creating work from scratch, A Beginner's Guide to Devising Theatre offers constructive guidance, which supports the requirements of students taking Drama and Theatre Studies courses. The book includes a foreword by theatre critic Lyn Gardner.
Category: Performing Arts

The Frantic Assembly Book Of Devising Theatre

Author : Scott Graham
ISBN : 9781317667278
Genre : Performing Arts
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‘This is a close companion to Frantic Assembly’s practice and one that is written with an open and engaging, even disarming, tone ... A rich, rewarding and compelling text.’ Stuart Andrews, University of Surrey As Frantic Assembly move into their twentieth year of producing innovative and adventurous theatre, this new edition of their well-loved book demystifies the process of devising theatre in an unusually candid way. Artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett offer an intimate and invaluable insight into their evolution and success, in the hope that sharing their experiences of devising theatre will encourage and inspire students and fellow practitioners. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre is a uniquely personal account of the history and practice of this remarkable company, and includes: · practical exercises · essays on devising, writing and choreography · suggestions for scene development · a 16-page colour section, and illustrations throughout · a companion website featuring clips of rehearsals and performances. This is an accessible, educational and indispensable introduction to the working processes of Frantic Assembly, whose playful, intelligent and dynamic productions continue to be acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
Category: Performing Arts

Group Devised Theatre

Author : Rosemary Parsons
ISBN : 3838324927
Genre : Community theater
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Group devised theatre has become an increasingly popular theatrical form since the pioneering collaborative creations of the late 1960s. More recently, devising has come under the scrutiny of theatre scholars as they seek to contextualise devising within the wider landscape of twentieth-century experimental theatre. Another body of "devising literature", devising manuals, outline methodologies for creating an original theatrical work. Drawing on both these approaches to the theoretical discussion of devising, this book charts the experience of a first-time devising group throughout the development of their production, "This Is Not An Exit". Devising practices are positioned in relation to historical avant-garde performance innovations to develop a "literature of practice" for the novice deviser. Then, in a first-hand account, the journey of devising theatre with a group for the first time is thoroughly explored from the group s inception through to public performance. Analysing the practical realities of devising against theoretical "how-to" manuals, this book will be of especial interest to students and first-time devisers.
Category: Community theater

Devised Theatre

Author : Bert Van Dijk
ISBN : 047319077X
Genre : Experimental theater
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A practical guide to the devising process and is designed to be off benefit to scholars, practitioners and drama teachers.
Category: Experimental theater

Devising Theatre With Stan S Cafe

Author : Mark Crossley
ISBN : 9781474267069
Genre : Performing Arts
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Since it was founded in 1991, British theatre company Stan's Cafe has garnered an international reputation for artistic innovation, and prolific, eclectic performance projects. Their work has toured nationally and internationally, with 2003's Of All The People In All The World having been performed in over fifty cities around the world. Embracing site-specific, immersive, durational, non-text-based as well as scripted work, Stan's Cafe's portfolio defies simple categorization. Running through all their work however is a collaborative devising process that champions a playful experimentation with form. Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe reveals and reflects on their theatre-making process, providing an illuminating and accessible account of their work and the approaches, techniques and philosophies which underpin and inspire it. Co-authored by artistic director James Yarker and Dr Mark Crossley, the book is places their work within wider context of contemporary theatre and is the perfect companion to anyone looking to make their own original theatre or performance work. For theatre students, fans and theatre-makers, Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe is an inspiring account and practical guide to contemporary performance practice.
Category: Performing Arts

Making A Leap

Author : Sara Clifford
ISBN : 1853026328
Genre : Performing Arts
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A practical handbook for those wanting to use drama and theatre to explore issues in their work with young people, this book has developed from ten years of active research in community settings. The authors' holistic approach to theatre-making draws on theatre in education, community theatre, youth work, group work and conflict resolution.
Category: Performing Arts

Making Theatre

Author : Joss Bennathan
ISBN : 1848423055
Genre : Performing Arts
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An inspiring, practical handbook for anyone working with young people to devise theatre. Provides a framework for a stress-free process.
Category: Performing Arts

Devising Performance

Author : Dr Deirdre Heddon
ISBN : 9780230804166
Genre : Performing Arts
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The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: 'What is devised theatre?'; 'Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?' and 'How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?'
Category: Performing Arts

Costume And Design For Devised And Physical Theatre

Author : Tina Bicat
ISBN : 9781847974495
Genre : Performing Arts
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Costumes designed and made for devised or physical drama, for contemporary circus or for dance, differ radically from the more traditional costume work produced for naturalistic performance. For those working in the field - whether professional or student - these differences present challenges that this book seeks to highlight and explain while offering effective solutions to overcome them. Includes: the differences between designing for scripted and for devised work; the specialized designing, cutting and making, and fitting of costumes for dance, circus and other physical work; the role of the designer/maker in the devising company; design invention in the rehearsal room; the management of both time and budget with the late changes that happen with devised work; the breadth of different skills used in the work for performance.
Category: Performing Arts