Play-Acting: A Guide to Theatre Workshops

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A handbook of theatre workshops for actors, teachers and directors, by a leader in the field of physical theatre and research

This is a book of theatrical beginnings for actors, teachers and directors. Divided into four parts, from Body through to Voice, Heart and Mind, the book covers all the elements you need to engage in order to train as an actor. The dizzying breadth of exercises and workshops offered here start you off on all the processes; from voice warm-ups and bodywork...

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Overview

A handbook of theatre workshops for actors, teachers and directors, by a leader in the field of physical theatre and research

This is a book of theatrical beginnings for actors, teachers and directors. Divided into four parts, from Body through to Voice, Heart and Mind, the book covers all the elements you need to engage in order to train as an actor. The dizzying breadth of exercises and workshops offered here start you off on all the processes; from voice warm-ups and bodywork through to interacting with space and creating characters. Drawing on a plethora of influences, from Japanese Butoh to African dance, Shakespearean verse speaking and children's games, this book is aimed to entice actors who need to refresh their skills, those who would like to take part in or run workshops, and many who have no experience at all.

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 "Outstanding physical theatre...electrifying...an appearance of the most voluptuous glamour."—Independent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413772947
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Performance Bks.
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author


Luke Dixon is the artistic director of the International Workshop Festival, London. He is also director of Theater Nomad and has directed internationally, including with the Berliner Ensemble in Germany. He is a contributing editor of Performance magazine.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Pt. 1 Body and Voice
1 The Foot 5
2 Connecting the Bones 13
3 The Spine 23
4 Stepping into Space 29
5 Theatrical Space 34
6 The Journey of Life 38
7 Theatre of the Gods 42
8 Life Games 47
9 Breath 53
10 A Word or Two 62
11 Blind Man's Buff 67
12 A Shakespeare Summer 70
13 Text 76
14 Rhythm 80
15 The Drum 86
16 Revision 90
Pt. 2 Heart and Soul
17 Senses and Chakras 97
18 Box of Emotions 105
19 One to Ten and Beyond 110
20 Play 116
21 Salt Labyrinth 123
22 Dreamtime 131
23 Transformations 138
24 Through the Looking Glass 143
25 Tango 149
26 Animals and Archetypes 156
27 Postcard People 160
28 Playing with Gender 165
29 Clothing 170
30 Magic Silks 174
31 Once Upon a Time 178
32 Performance 183
Epilogue 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Vanessa Hudgens

    I havet read it yet but i want to be like Vanessa Hudgens when i grow up so i hope this book helps

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