The Active Text: Unlocking Plays Through Physical Theatre by Dymphna Callery

By Dymphna Callery

Many theatre practitioners consider actual theatre as something and text-based theatre as one other. during this ebook, Dymphna Callery, writer of Through the physique: a pragmatic advisor to actual theatre, exhibits how workouts and practice session ideas linked to actual and devised theatre might be utilized to scripted performs. operating 'through the physique' permits performers to find what particularly makes a play work.

Drawing on key practitioners, together with Jacques Lecoq, Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook and Simon McBurney, The lively Text deals an entire method of operating with a scripted play, best the reader via a means of lively exploration and experimentation that includes:

Uncovering a play's inner dynami utilizing improvisation and theatre video games Exploiting the languages of the physique Getting contained in the phrases which are spoken (as good as those who aren't!) gaining knowledge of picture buildings knowing the effect at the audience

Throughout the publication, the writer attracts on a middle collection of famous texts (from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Brecht, Arthur Miller, Steven Berkoff and Sarah Kane), displaying how an lively method of textual content can problem assumptions approximately even the main prevalent of plays.

Packed with theatre video games, improvisation workouts and practice session strategies, The lively Text is an inspirational advisor for performers, administrators, scholars and lecturers. it is going to revitalise paintings within the practice session room, workshop or lecture room - at any place that dramatic textual content should be delivered to life.

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