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Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre Paperback – March 4, 1999

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"A basic operating manual for anyone who works with expressive therapies, role play, storytelling. Jo Salas's language is as direct and evocative as a Playback Theatre episode. Study this book, use it!" -- Robin Larsen, PhD, co-author, A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell

"Readers concerned with story and theatre will find much of interest in this clearly and simply written account, which combines some of the elements of a how-to manual with reflection and theory." -- Parabola Magazine

"This is a must-read book not only for theatre artists, but for educators and social service professionals interested in the arts as a tool toward both self-expression and community building." -- Mady Schutzmann, Co-Editor, Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author Jo Salas is a founding member of the original company and now teaches playback internationally.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Tusitala; 3rd edition (March 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964235013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964235014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a study book, anyone interested in light reading but with interest in playback theatre or searching to expand their psychodrama-techniques repertoire, should read this easy to read book. The feeling of a playback theatre performance touches you while reading, you have read the book in two hours but will grab it several times to refind the inspiration of it. If you are realy looking for a studies and more comprehensive book on the subject try "acts of service, spontanaity and commitment in improvisational theatre" " of J Fox, if not try this one first
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I first read Improvising Real Life some years ago and have since then often recommended it to or bought it for others embarking on Playback Theatre. The book not only gives a clear, practical, comprehensible and comprehensive account of PT method, practice and philosophy, but has continued to be a guide and source of inspiration to me throughout my playback journey. The more I know about playback, the more the book opens my eyes. I can recommend it unreservedly to anyone looking for a guide and support in their Playback practice, and will go on buying it for others myself. Acts of Service, J. Fox, is also highly recommended as a rich source of insight into Playback Theatre and non-scripted theatre in general.
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Good practical information on Playback Theater which in my experience has been a great way uncover hidden truths in our story
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I am satisfied with the item, I didn't click first star because I got other deliveries super early.
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