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Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415049009
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,367,636
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Oddey is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent. Since 1977 she has devised theatre with young people, teachers in training and students as well as with professional actors. She has published articles in theatre journals and taught a series of practical workshops on devising theatre at the Universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Antwerp.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 An Introduction to Devised Theatre 1
2 Beginnings: How and where to start 24
3 Process: Ways and means of making theatre 42
4 From Process to Product: Relationship and practice 73
5 From Process to Product: The participatory theatre-in-education programme 105
6 Space: Site-specific theatre 125
7 Theory and Practice 148
8 Learning to Devise: Practical ideas and suggestions 166
Appendices 202
Notes 233
Bibliography 242
Index 246
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