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You Can’t Learn Mime from a Book

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Some handy hints and tips for improving your mime. If you really want to become a good mime artist, reading half-a-dozen pages of an improv manual isn’t going to cut it. But you don’t need to be perfect in order to tell the story.The ideal...

1 Gestural Languages

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...From pantomime to cartoon mime Before beginning to explore dramatic territory, we begin the second year by working on gestural languages, taking physical expression in the different directions set out below. The purpose...

Incorporeal Materiality: Perspectives of Affect

Frank Camilleri

Frank Camilleri is Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the University of Malta where he is also Director of the School of Performing Arts’ research centre for 21st Century Studies in Performance. He is Artistic Director and founder of Icarus Performance Project, which serves as the main platform of his Practice as Research (www.icarusproject.info). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performer Training Reconfigured : Post-Psychophysical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century

Methuen Drama, 2019

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...‘The Autonomy of Affect’, in Parables for the Virtual, Brian Massumi. Copyright, 2002, Duke University Press. All rights reserved. Republished by permission of the copyright holder. www.dukeupress.edu.Affects are virtual synesthetic...

1 Improvisation

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Silence Before Words Replay and play We approach improvisation through psychological replay, which is silent. Replay involves reviving lived experience in the simplest possible way. Avoiding both...

2 The Educational Journey

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The education offered by the Lecoq school is spread over two years, during which students move along two parallel paths: on the one hand the study of improvisation and its rules and on the other movement technique and its analysis...

2 Movement Technique

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The second main axis of my teaching consists of movement technique. I will explain this in its own right here, although in practice it is always closely linked to performance. It comes into improvisation and into the students’ own creative...
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...Year of Release: 2016 A ghostly visitor with a shocking secret, a daughter devastated by loss, a deadly duel and the most famous question in all of drama: Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy will hold you spellbound. Hamlet has been called...

1 From Sport to Theatre

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...I came to theatre by way of sports. At seventeen I discovered the geometry of movement through exercising on the parallel and horizontal bars at a Paris gymnastics club known as En Avant. The movement of the body through space demanded...

Afterword to the 2002 Edition

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Since the death of its founder, the Lecoq school has continued to flourish, perpetuating and developing the techniques and skills on which his teaching was based. We have started to save the 400 hours of film documenting Lecoq’s teaching...
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...Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare's genius...