The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre

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Overview

Acclaimed by audiences and critics for their highly innovative and adventurous theatre. Frantic Assembly have created playful, intelligent and dynamic productions for over 14 years. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre Is written by artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett. It is the first book to reflect on the history and practice of this remarkable company, and includes:

practical exercises

essays on devising, writing and choreography

suggestions for scene development

an anthology of Frantic Assembly productions

an eight-page colour section, and illustrations throughout.

This intimate and personal account offers an accessible, educational and indispensable introduction to the evolution and success of Frantic Assembly. It is also accompanied by a companion website featuring clips of rehearsals and performances.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415467605
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 813,891
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett are the artistic directors and co-founders of Frantic Assembly.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

An introduction 1

A very brief history of Frantic Assembly 1

The book 3

What devising means to us 5

Anthology of work 8

Part 1 Documentation 19

1 Frantic essays 21

Pre-show 21

Truth and lies-persona and performance 24

Accidents and creativity 26

What is physical theatre? (and why we hate answering that question) 29

Director/Director relationship 31

Video camera in rehearsal 33

Physical truth and characterisation 35

Insecurity, pragmatism, and admitting you were wrong! 41

Frantic music and the notion of soundtracking 44

Frantic and film 50

2 Scenes and their creation 58

Lullaby 59

Headwrecker 61

Slabslammers 65

Sunbathers 67

Heavenly Legs 69

Select Delete 72

Exhaustion 75

3 Playing with scenes 79

Lovebench 79

Guyscrapers 82

Stockholm Fight 84

Part 2 Practical Exercises 91

4 Getting started 93

Initial movement sessions 93

Trust 94

The importance of rules, time frames and limitations 94

Suggestions for Constructive Warm-Ups 99

Rolling 1 99

Rolling 2 102

Push Hands 105

Games-A Selection of Crowd Pleasers 106

Marcia Takedown 106

Quad 109

Quad Jump 111

Clear the Space 114

Relays 117

Eye contact 121

Jump Tag 123

5 Choreography 125

What we mean by 'choreography' 125

Stopping Points and Connections 128

Round/By/Through 131

Sign Describe 135

Movement for Non-Dancers/Choreography That Doesn't Feel Like Dance 140

Chair Duets 141

Get Ready 144

Ways into basic lifting techniques 148

New Physical Vocabulary/Restrictions and Freedom 149

Sell Out Floor/Caterpillar 149

Dirty Ballroom 152

Advanced Exercises-Pushing the Potential 155

Hymns Hands 155

Stockholm Bed 160

Devising choreography for site-specific theatre 163

6 Devising with words-devising through images 169

Words as starting points-working physically with text 169

The questionnaire and devising from a theme 175

The 'It Snows' model 184

Stockholm day one and the Stockholm recipe 191

Actions speak louder than words? 195

Working with writers 197

7 Textual analysis 204

Getting Scenes on Their Feet 204

The Lecture 204

The VF exercise 205

Physical Characters and Relationships 207

Time Passing 208

Rabbit Room 210

Stockholm Post-Its 212

Playing with words: Leg of Lamb 214

8 Some things to think about 216

Bibliography of inspiration 218

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