Games for Actors and Non--Actors / Edition 2

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Overview

Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike!

This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes:

  • two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil
  • Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • a revised introduction and translator's preface
  • a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition
  • new reflections on Forum Theatre.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is an inspiring and powerful book, a lucid account that will be of substantial use to people already using "Theatre of the Oppressed." It should also act as an excellent introduction for those new to the system." - Artscene

"This is a useful handbook for those who want to explore Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' and as such is greatly to be welcomed. Boals' work deserves and demands emulation." - Theatre Research International

"You have achieved what Brecht only dreamt of and wrote about: making a useful theatre that is entertaining, fun, and instructive. It is a different kind of theatre - a kind of social therapy.it focuses the mind, relaxes the spirit, and gives people a new handle on their situations." - Richard Schechner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267083
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 240,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Augusto Boal is a theatre director, dramatist, theorist, writer and teacher. He was a Member of Parliament for Rio de Janeiro from 1993-1996. He is the author of Theatre of the Oppressed, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Rainbow of Desire, Legislative Theatre, and Hamlet and the Baker's Son: My Life in Theatre and Politics.
Adrian Jackson is Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens. He has translated four books by Augusto Boal, collaborated on a number of occasions and taught Theatre of the Oppressed widely in other countries, including Namibia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Finland.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Translator's introduction to the first edition
Preface to the second edition: The Royal Shakespeare Company, theatre in prisons and landless peasants 1
Preface to the first edition: the fable of Xua-Xua, the prehuman woman who discovered theatre 11
Theatre of the Oppressed in Europe 18
The Godrano experience: my first Forum Theatre in Europe or the ultimate spect-actor/protagonist! 19
The Structure of the Actor's Work 29
The primacy of emotion 29
Rationalising emotion 35
A la recherche du temps perdu 37
The dialectical structure of the actor's interpretation of a role 40
The Arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed 48
Introduction: a new system of exercises and games from Theatre of the Oppressed 48
Feeling What We Touch (Restructuring Muscular Relations) 50
Listening to What We Hear 92
Dynamising Several Senses 114
Seeing What We Look At 129
The Memory of the Senses 171
Image Theatre 174
Rehearsal Exercises for any Kind of Play 217
The Early Forms of Forum Theatre 241
The rules of the game 242
Dramaturgy 242
Staging 243
The performance game 243
Examples of Forum Theatre 245
Forum Theatre: Doubts and Certainties: Incorporating a New Method of Rehearsing and Devising a Forum Theatre Model 253
Twenty fundamental topics 254
First Experiences with Invisible Theatre 277
Examples of Invisible Theatre 277
Artistic Creation and Divine Madness: A Meditation on Art and the Miraculous 289
Passion and art 293
The mad artist and the artist madman 296
Postscript: The Pedagogy of Fear - Theatre and the Twin Towers: An Essay After 11 September, 2001 298
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