Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages ii-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 1-9
  3. Who? Major Practitioners of Improvisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 13-54
    3. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 55-82
    4. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 83-92
  4. What? The Practice of Improvisation: Improvisation Exercises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 97-104
    3. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 105-111
    4. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 112-125
    5. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 126-140
  5. Why? The Meaning(s) of Improvisation: Towards a Poetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 144-164
    3. Anthony Frost, Ralph Yarrow
      Pages 165-181
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 182-214

About this book

Introduction

Improvisation is fundamental to all drama as the skill of using various resources to suggest an idea, a situation, a character, perhaps even a text, but it is also a technique for rehearsal of social statement and much more. Following an introduction to the multiple notions of improvisation, the authors examine four main areas of contemporary improvisation work, offer case studies of major practitioners and draw conclusions regarding the theoretical implications of the earlier discussions to move toward an understanding of the creation of 'meaning' in action. This book offers thoughtful reading for actors, students of drama, academics, scholars and general readers.

Keywords

bibliography communication drama growth performance poetics theatre theatre studies tradition

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