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Disobedient Theatre : Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play

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Chris Johnston

Published by Methuen

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Theatre is at its best when it is disobedient, when it argues back to society

But what enables it to achieve this impact?

What makes it a force to be reckoned with?

What are the principles and the tools of the trade that shape it to be effective, powerful and resonant?

Drawing from both theory and practice, and informed by conversations with recognized practitioners, this book provides answers and makes an impassioned call for artists to reimagine, question and disrupt

Divided into two parts, 'In the World' and 'In the Room', the book presents a rounded picture of the possibilities of a 'disobedient' culture and includes many games and exercises for creative practitioners

In Part One the author offers a lexicon defining the spirit and impulse which characterises disobedient theatre: he describes the principles, the strategies, and the voice of the artist, before suggesting ways to survive as a creative practitioner

Part Two illustrates how these principles may be worked out in practice when creating new work, with the hands-on approaches supplemented by games and exercises to assist in generating material

Disobedient Theatre is for all those who have an interest in what makes theatre powerful, disturbing or even life-changing

It is a book for artists, thinkers, activists and all who believe in the function of art to offer new possibilities and to change and inform the evolution of society

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part One In the World

1. Principles
2. Identity
3. Manoeuvres
4. Relationships
5. Survival

Part Two In the Room

6. Performing
7. Facilitating

Appendix: Beginnings

SEE ALSO
Drama Games for Those Who Like to Say No

AND
House of Games - Making Theatre for Everyday Life

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