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Some Principles

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a theatre theatre director and playwright. He is the Director of Fluxx, the improvisation company, and Co-Director of Rideout and Livestock. He is the author of House of Games, The Improvisation Game and For Those Who Like To Say No. He has taught at a range of colleges and institutions including University of Warwick and Staffordshire University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Disobedient Theatre : Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Which are those drivers that characterize a rebellious, subversive theatre practice? 1. Defiance Explores current and recent examples of political and cultural defiance in theatre; an attempted...

Music Improvisation, Identity and Embodied Cognition

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Introduction Traditionally, the brain has been considered the centre of thought, cognition and behavioural motivation. However, researchers are increasingly demonstrating that cognition is ‘embodied’, going beyond...

I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me

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Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

NHB Modern Plays

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...An early short monologue play from Northern Irish writer Owen McCafferty. It’s four o’clock in the morning and middle-aged Gus McMahon can’t sleep. He’s drinking a can of Guinness and begins a rambling monologue to his...

Scenographic Agency: A Showing-Doing and a Responsibility for Showing-Doing

Scenography Expanded : An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...According to British freelance-stage designer Simon Banham, the scenographer is the key agent in shaping what it is to be present and sharing an experience in ‘the permeable border between maker and watcher’ (Banham 2015). On the website...
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...Age recommendation: 15+ (contains mature themes and references to racism) This production is an archival recording captured in 2016. An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present...
...Introduction: Reality television’s ‘performative contracts’ The impact that reality television has had on television production and consumption, both in the UK and internationally...
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...In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben...

Thinking That Matters: Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Approach to Performance Design

Scenography Expanded : An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...‘Designing is a process whereby the matter of the world becomes meaningful’, observes Anne Balsamo (2011: 12). Objects, spaces and materials are not recipients of pre-conceived meanings that are imposed on them through the design process...

Survival

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a theatre theatre director and playwright. He is the Director of Fluxx, the improvisation company, and Co-Director of Rideout and Livestock. He is the author of House of Games, The Improvisation Game and For Those Who Like To Say No. He has taught at a range of colleges and institutions including University of Warwick and Staffordshire University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Disobedient Theatre : Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The cultivating of broader and longer-term productive relations with a spectator constituency In this section there’s a focus on how artists look to create relationships with constituencies in such a way that can assist...

Alignment – Backbone of the Action

Christina Gutekunst

Christina Gutekunst has been coaching and teaching voice for over twelve years, both in Germany and England. She is Head of Voice at East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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John Gillett

John Gillett trained in one of the first Stanislavski-based schools in London, the Actors Workshop. He has worked as an actor for thirty-four years, and as an acting teacher and director for over twenty-five of those. As a director and teacher, Gillett has worked for the Actors Centre, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford College, Italia Conti, and Arts Educational. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice Into Acting : Integrating voice and the Stanislavski approach

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...Alignment is the posture adopted by the body to work against the pull of gravity. The optimum alignment uses a minimum of muscular activity to sustain itself. All the components of bone and muscular structure align to achieve balance...