Telling the Truth - How to Make Verbatim Theatre

Telling the Truth - How to Make Verbatim Theatre $19.99

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Robin Belfield

Published by Nick Hern Books

A practical guide to creating and producing verbatim theatre by an experienced theatre-maker and practitioner

Verbatim theatre is fashioned from words actually spoken by real people in real situations, and reproduced by actors in performance

An increasingly influential form of theatre, it has a unique ability to present stories from unfamiliar sources and bring unheard voices to the stage

Its authenticity helps audiences to understand the world we live in, whether through testimony, eye-witness accounts or autobiography and is perhaps the most objective way of dramatising real life

In Telling the Truth, Robin Belfield draws on his own experiences of creating verbatim-theatre work, and interviews other major directors, writers and actors, providing tips and advice to help you make the most of every part of the verbatim-theatre process

This unique Guide offers you a step-by-step breakdown of the process, covering everything you need to consider, including:

Choosing your subject

Preparing and conducting your interviews

Refining your research into a single narrative strand

Editing your material sensitively and ethically

Providing your actors with exercises, techniques and advice to allow them to perform as 'real' people

Designing and staging your work for fully realised, physical performance

An essential tool for theatre-makers, artists, students and teachers, Telling the Truth is also a fascinating read for anyone interested in the creative process

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