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The Improv Handbook - The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Theatre and Comedy and Beyond

The Improv Handbook - The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Theatre and Comedy and Beyond $29.99

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Tom Salinsky & Deborah Frances-White

Published by Methuen

A great new guide that covers the history of improvisation and includes chapters on spontaneity and the fundamentals of storytelling

Although there are already several successful books on the market about the theory and practice of improvised theatre, there's nothing so comprehensive, helpful, fun and full of experience and advice

The Improv Handbook is from a husband and wife team who have years of studying, performance and teaching behind them

Beginning with a history of improvisation, the book works through different types of format and performance including TheatreSports and the inventions of Keith Johnstone and Del Close

The core section of the book is called, simply, "How To Improvise" and includes chapters on spontaneity, the fundamentals of storytelling, working together, upping the ante and characters

Having established the fundamentals, the two authors go on to elaborate on more advanced techniques and skills

The book concludes with sections on how to improvise in front of an audience and - just as crucially - how to attract an audience in the first place

The Improv Handbook should become a standard book in the field - it's smart, fun, helpful, and inspiring

And it's on a mission to bring Improv to a much wider audience

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