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Improv Beyond Rules - A Practical Guide to Narrative Improvisation

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Adam Meggido

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An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Improvisation is a craft that anyone can learn

When freed from endless rules and rigid approaches and allowed to relax, react instinctively and work seamlessly as a group, improvisers can spontaneously create performances that thrill audiences with their aliveness and immediacy

Drawing on the author's extensive experience teaching and performing around the world, Improv Beyond Rules is a fresh and exciting re-examination of the whole field of improvisation

Starting with the fundamental principles that work for all forms of improvised performance and the common traps improvisers fall into it goes on to explore the elements of narrative improvisation, where performers create a story without any predetermined structure:

THE MOMENT

How to be authentically 'in the moment' by listening and responding to your fellow performers, accepting their suggestions (not necessarily by always saying 'yes') and committing to whatever happens next

THE SCENE

How to connect moments together to build a compelling scene and keep it moving forward; why there's no such thing as a mistake; understanding and working with audiences

THE STORY

How to link scenes to build story and plot; what kids can teach us about storytelling; utilising dramatic structure; developing and playing different types of characters; key principles of staging

Packed with dozens of games and exercises, Improv Beyond Rules will give you the tools to build your confidence, empower your performance, and unlock your creativity

Written for improvisers with any level of experience, this book is also the perfect starting point for directors, teachers, actors or anyone eager to learn how improvisation can benefit both rehearsal and performance

REVIEWS

"Adam transforms the seemingly impossible into something exceptionally practical with his trademark patience, charm and clarity" ~ Mischief Theatre

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