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A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising

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15 June 2015

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Ensemble devising can be a daunting prospect for many actors: it requires a level of imagination, commitment and risk-taking not always seen in conventional theatre. In this handy volume, Davis Robinson uses his wealth of...

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Ensemble devising can be a daunting prospect for many actors: it requires a level of imagination, commitment and risk-taking not always seen in conventional theatre. In this handy volume, Davis Robinson uses his wealth of knowledge and expertise, garnered over thirty years of devising, to teach you the ins and outs of ensemble theatre making. A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising leads you through the process of collaborative theatre, from warm-ups and generating ideas to editing and polishing a performance. It features a comprehensive series of exercises throughout, which will allow you to build the foundational skills required for a range of productive ensemble work. By discussing the work of a number of internationally acclaimed practitioners, Robinson encourages you to develop your own unique style of performance. Lively and accessible, this book is invaluable for anyone interested in developing their devising skills.

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Devising is a central aspect of Theatre and Performance Studies

Devising is a practical subject, yet this is the first book to present a collection of exercises and training techniques for students

Based on thirty years of the author's teaching experience, as well as his experience as Artistic Director of Beau Moving Jest Theater in the US

Author wrote the highly successful textbook, The Physical Comedy Handbook, published by Heinemann in 1999

Introduction
1. What is Ensemble Devising?
2. Fundamentals
3. Short Prompts
4. Large Prompts
5. Organizational Structures
6. Full Length Pieces
7. Polishing
Appendix
Bibliography.
“Aimed at actors, directors, and teachers, the seven short chapters of this book offer practical tools alongside a frank assessment of the difficulties common to the process, culled from Robinson’s thirty years of devising experience. … It provides plenty of exercises that will ease novice practitioners into the process of ensemble creation … . Most importantly, it sparks a flame–both artistic and intellectual–that might compel its readers to further engagement with the practice and study of devising.” (Karen Jean Martinson, Theatre Topics, Vol. 26 (1), March, 2016)
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Davis Robinson is founder and artistic director of Beau Jest Moving Theatre and Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College, USA.

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Davis Robinson is founder and artistic director of Beau Jest Moving Theatre and Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College, USA.

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