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Description - Improvisation in Rehearsal by John Abbott

John Abbott, author of The Improvisation Book, explains how theatre directors at every level can use improvisation in the rehearsal room. Foreword by Mark Rylance.

'Improvisation can be used as part of the creative process of rehearsing a play. It can be a fabulous tool for exploration and discovery. It can strengthen the actor's commitment to their character. And it can create an environment of confidence and spontaneity.'

Packed with useful exercises and improvisation scenarios, and examples from a wide variety of plays, Improvisation in Rehearsal reveals how improvisation enriches and enlivens the creation of characters, back stories, relationships, shared histories and emotional lives. The book also demonstrates how improvisation can be used as a powerful tool in the foundation of a strong company, and when searching for the hidden depths and dynamics in a scene.

Building on his own experience as an actor, director and teacher, Abbott writes with clarity and an infectious enthusiasm which will motivate directors to try the techniques for themselves. As Mark Rylance says in his Foreword, this book 'will inspire and delight its readers'.

'Essential reading... full of useful exercises and improvisation scenarios... Abbott knows what he's talking about and has a gift for expressing himself in straightforward, clutter free language'
- The Stage

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781854595232
ISBN-10: 1854595237
Format: Paperback / softback
(21mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Abbott

John Abbott is the author of The Improvisation Book, which was aimed at drama teachers wanting to conduct successful improvisation sessions. Now he turns his attention to directors who want to incorporate improvisation into their rehearsals.

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