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The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Theatre, Comedy, and Beyond (Paperback)
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The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Theatre, Comedy, and Beyond (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 01/07/2008
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"The Improv Handbook" is a great new guide that covers the history of improvisation and includes chapters on spontaneity and the fundamentals of storytelling.Although there are already several successful books on the market about the theory and practice of improvised theatre, there's nothing comprehensive, helpful, fun and full of experience and advice."The Improv Handbook" is a great new guide from a husband and wife team who have years of studying, performance and teaching behind them. Beginning with a history of improvisation, the book works through different types of format and performance including TheatreSports and the inventions of Keith Johnstone and Del Close. The core section of the book is called, simply, "How To Improvise" and includes chapters on spontaneity, the fundamentals of storytelling, working together, upping the ante and characters.Having established the fundamentals, the two authors go on to elaborate on more advanced techniques and skills. The book concludes with sections on how to improvise in front of an audience and - just as crucially - how to attract an audience in the first place." The Improv Handbook" should become a standard book in the field - it's smart, fun, helpful, and inspiring, and it's on a mission to bring Improv to a much wider audience.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826428585
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 27 mm


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"Cofounders of the London-based improvisational theater company The Spontaneity Shop, Salinsky and Frances-White provide a wonderful addition to the growing literature on theatrical improvisation. The book can serve as both a scholarly resource, since it covers the history of improvisation from its beginnings to the present, and a practical guide, for the beginner and advanced improviser... The authors include interviews with ten leading international improvisers, and they conclude with an appendix that details many of the most common improvisational games used in academic and professional settings. This book is a must for institutions supporting theater and performance programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers, all levels." -S.W. Cole, CHOICE, January 2009

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“A must for improvisers everywhere”

Anyone wanting to learn about the art of improvisation needs this book! Anyone setting up their own improv group needs this book! Anyone wishing to top up their existing skills needs this book!

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Paperback edition
26th October 2010
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“A must for improv fans”

An excellent guide to the art of improvised theatre set in an accessible & informative format the text gives tips & techniques on all aspects of performing as well as running workshops.

A very useful tool I... More

Paperback edition
24th November 2010
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