A list of books on process, theory and exercises for devised performance.
Moment Work: Tectonic Theatre Project's Process of Devising Theater - Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams
A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency--destined to become a classic. A Vintage Original. By Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jimmy Maize, and Scott Barrow. For more than two decades, the members of Tectonic Theater Project have been rigorously experimenting with the process of theatrical creation. Here they set forth a detailed manual of their devising method and a thorough chronicle of how they wrote some of their best-known works. This book is for all theater artists--actors, writers, designers, and directors--who wish to create work that embraces the unbridled potential of the stage.
Devising Performance: A Critical History - Dierdre Heddon and Jane Milling
What is the history of devised theatre? Why have theatre-makers, since the 1950s, chosen to devise performances? What different sorts of devising practices are there? What are the myths attached to devising, and what are the realities?
First published in 2005, Devising Performance remains the only book to offer the reader a history of devising practice. Charting the development of collaboratively created performances from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century, it presents a range of case studies drawn from Britain, America and Australia. Companies discussed include The Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Theatre de Complicite, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment, Goat Island and Graeae. Providing a history of devising practice, Deirdre Heddon and Jane Milling encourage us to look more carefully at the different modes of devising and to consider the implications of our use of these practices in the twenty-first century.
Your Handy Companion To Devising and Physical Theatre - Pilar Orti
Our imagination is boundless. When creating a piece of theatre, we don't need to limit ourselves to those situations we encounter in real life. Our characters can exist in dreams and other surreal places; we can even travel through time. As humans we crave stories that will take us away from our ordinary world and physical theatre is the perfect form to meet this need. Â The book includes: An advocacy chapter on the joys of physical theatre and ensemble work. A simple outline on structuring the devising process. Exercises for building the ensemble, creating characters, developing the story and using theatrical devices.
The Frantic Assembly Book on Devising Theatre - Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett
This is Frantic Assembly's book on their process, philosophy, and methods they use to generate work. There are many excellent exercises in here to get an ensemble on their feet and create beautiful physical stories.
Devised and Collaborative Theatre - Tina Bicat and Clive Barker
This text is written for all companies, student and professional, who are interested in non-text-based theatre and aims to shine a practical light on the passionate business of the devising process. Suggestions and advice include getting started and developing trust and communication within the devising company, how to research and use the results to stimulate ideas and discussion in the rehearsal period, and encouraging, channelling and developing ideas in the rehearsal room. Discovering and incorporating the unexpected in rehearsal and how to stop talking, start playing and develop the performance for an audience is explored is also explored. In addition, backstage and design work, complete with sample checklists, raising money and organizing budgets is also covered.
Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook - Alison Oddey
Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After identifying the unique nature of this type of performance, the author examines how devised theatre is perceived by professional practitioners, and provides an historical overview illustrating how it has evolved since the 1960s. Alison Oddey examines the particular working practices and products of a number of professional companies, including a Reminiscence theatre for the elderly and a theatre-in-education group, and offers ideas and exercises for exploration and experimentation.