Improvisation in Alternative Drama
The genesis of Theatre Machine is outlined by Keith Johnstone in his book Impro. The company was actually formed at Montreal’s EXPO 67 by Johnstone, as director, and four actors: Ben Benison, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Ric Morgan and John Muirhead. Primarily interested in comedy improvised in performance, the group had worked together at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the mid-1960s. They had given lecture-demonstrations to schools and teacher training colleges (educationalists were already becoming aware of the value of their techniques in teaching).
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