Impro (Performance Books): Improvisation and the Theatre (Performance Books)
Impro ought to be required reading not only for theatre people generally but also for teachers, educators, and students of all kinds and persuasions. Readers of this book are not going to agree with everything in it; but if they are not challenged by it, if they do not ultimately succumb to its wisdom and whimsicality, they are in a very sad state indeed . . . .Johnstone s...more
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For example, he talks about how he was finally able to get his actors to improvise realistic dialog when he had them imagine that, with ev...more
Mr Johnstone discusses in depth the different elements in telling a story and breaking it down to the basics, but it reveals much more on the human experience and what makes us tick. He also touches upon how formal education can be a detriment to the development of children, and how important it is to allow and create a safe environment for childr...more
If you read other books on improv, this book may come as something of a shock. It's more a philoshical journey of the why's of improv, rather than a how-to guide. It delves deeply into how Johnstone started experimenting with improvisational techniques, what's wrong with the modern education s...more
Right now I am typing with a band-aid on my pointer finger, which makes me think of what it must be like for Margot Tenenbaum to type.
But anyway, as for the stuff in, erm, this book:
I am sure it will become a seminal theatre and life text, as we all knew it would, for this one Lily Janiak.
The things on blocking (as in, "preventing," not the term for the stagi...more
The book first has biographical information about Johnstone and he goes into how he found school to be constraining in the way it forces children to suppress a lot of creativity. Johnstone’s views here are interesting and set the scene for what is to come.
Then Status and sta...more
This book at its core is about human behavior and interactions between people; it explains our motivations and the human experience. There are so many elements in human interactions, ones I knew existed but never thought about on the level that Johnstone explains. I was surprised by how a...more
Two chapters I loved were on Status and Masks. The first looked at the intricacies of human interactions and how status plays out in everything we do at a very fundamenta...more
The chapters on Status and Spontaneity were interesting studies on the role of status in the way people interact, and on how people are conditioned to act and how years of social norms inhibit expressive behavior. This made me become more self-aware about not just how I was interacting with people, but also wha...more
The one on status talks about how interactions between people can be thought of in terms of playing high or low status. (Its relation to acting, for instance, is that a tragedy is often a story about how a high-status...more
The sections where Johnstone talks about the variety of games he invented or borrowed or adapted for the theater are quite interesting, and improvisers will recognize...more
All in all, my favorite book. I never tire of re-reading it.
Though this book kept coming to mind whilst I was watching the new Die Hard film. Which took my criticisms to a new level. A good day to end that series.
Definitely a must-read for those interested in the form, and highly recommended for anyone looking to unleash their own creativity and imagination.