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DYMPHNA CALLERY has performed and taught throughout the UK, including Liverpool John Moores University and Wolverhampton University. She is a published playwright and poet.

Active Text, The
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Active Text, The

Unlocking Plays through Physical Theatre

Dymphna Callery
 

Many theatre practitioners think of physical theatre as one thing and text-based theatre as another. In this book, Dymphna Callery, author of  Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre shows how exercises and rehearsal techniques associated with physical and devised theatre can be applied to scripted plays. Working ‘through the body’ enables performers to discover what really makes a play work.

Drawing on key practitioners, including Jacques Lecoq, Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook and Simon McBurney, The Active Text offers a complete approach to working with a scripted play, leading the reader through a process of active exploration and experimentation that includes:

  • Uncovering a play’s internal dynamics
  • Using improvisation and theatre games
  • Exploiting the languages of the body
  • Getting inside the words that are spoken (as well as those that aren’t!)
  • Discovering image structures
  • Understanding the impact on the audience

Throughout the book, the author draws on a core selection of well-known texts (from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Brecht, Arthur Miller, Steven Berkoff and Sarah Kane), showing how an active approach to text can challenge assumptions about even the most familiar of plays.

Packed with theatre games, improvisation exercises and rehearsal techniques, The Active Text is an inspirational guide for performers, directors, students and teachers. It will revitalise work in the rehearsal room, workshop or classroom – anywhere that dramatic text needs to be brought to life.

Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-127-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Through the Body
$27.26 ex GST
$29.99 inc GST

Through the Body

Dymphna Callery
 

A step-by-step guide to Physical Theatre in both theory and practice — full of detailed exercises and inspiring ideas.

Dymphna Callery introduces the reader to the principles behind the work of certain key 20th-century theatre practitioners (Artaud, Grotowski, Meyerhold, Brook and Lecoq among others) and offers exercises by which their theories can be turned into practice and their principles explored in action.

The book, which is based on twelve years of teaching physical theatre, takes the form of a series of workshops starting with the preparation of the body through Awareness, Articulation, Energy and Neutrality. A section on Mask-work is followed by further work on the body, investigating Presence, Complicité, Play, Audience, Rhythm, Sound and E-motion. The book culminates in sections on Devising and on the Physical Text. There is also a thorough bibliography and a contact list of training courses in the UK and abroad.



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-630-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB