- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 7, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878301178
- ISBN-13: 978-0878301171
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre 1st Edition
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""Impro ought to be required reading not only for theatre people generally but also for teachers, educators, and students of all kinds and persuassions. 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 seeks to liberate the imagination, to cultivate in the adult the creative power of the child . . . .Deserves to be widely read and tested in the classroom and rehearsal hall . . .Full of excellent good sense, actual observations and inspired assetions."
-"CHOICE: Books for College Libraries
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I'm a novelist but found this to be a better stimulus than most of the "how to write fiction" manuals or writing classes out there. It describes a lot of games one could play to get the creative juices flowing. //Highly// recommend buying this if you're interested in any form of art or creativity.
One thing that seems underappreciated in Keith Johnstone is his education philosophy. You could put this book in the category Philosophy of Education. He would resonate with Abraham Maslow and Fritz Frederick Perls on the Gestalt of discovery, that learning is a playful and creative process.
I read the section on masks though it was the least useful to me. The masks on the cover make it seem like it is about mask work for the theater. Yes, that is in there but there is a lot more.
Johnstone is permissive with actors acting out sexuality and violence, if that is genuine, just to let potential readers know what you might be reading.
Johnstone recognizes that people doing improv do selfactualize or develop or release old patterns. However, he does not advocate doing improv as a form of therapy. He feels it is unnecessary to point out and analyze, like, "Do you see this thing you are acting out is really one of your issues?" because such talk will inhibit the person from acting out anything else. So it is more like self-discovery. Some Psychodrama therapists may say that it's not going to be therapeutic, the pattern will persist unless it is identified more consciously, and they may be right. Johnstone feels it is enough to just let the mind play out and it will do what it needs to do.
I would like to write a thorough review of this book. It would be twenty pages or more, there is so much here to discover.