Theatre games: a new approach to drama training

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Eyre Methuen, 1977 - Drama - 226 pages
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The games described in this invaluable handbook are all designed to enable anyone involved in acting to develop their technique without inhibition or artificiality. As a professional actor, director and drama teacher, Clive Barker has developed his "theatre games" system over the years and proved its effectiveness for teaches, students and actors alike.

"Clive Barker's book is more than just a guidebook of improvisational games for actors: it is, rather a comprehensive exploration of acting techniques" New York Theatre Review

"Theatre Games is a massive contribution to the art of theatre…A bulging portfolio of credo, craft, advice and instruction, strapped tight with sound definition… It is dazzlingly astute and a thrilling read - quite unlike a text-book, rather a long, fascinating chat into the small hours" The Stage

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About the author (1977)

Critics of the horror story have frequently called Clive Barker the "British Stephen King". Born in Liverpool in 1952, Barker attended the University of Liverpool but moved to London in 1977, where he worked as a commercial artist and became involved with the avant-garde theatrical community. Primarily a playwright during this period, he also produced short fiction that he would eventually publish as part of his six-volume collection titled Books of Blood (1984-85). More than any other author of contemporary horror fiction, Barker has had a major impact on the direction of the genre. He has introduced strong elements of sex and graphic violence into his fiction, but these elements are employed with an artistic objective. Barker underscores his work with complex subtextual metaphors and artistic allusions. Preoccupied with the craft of writing and with its effect on the reader, Barker is an innovator of formula and genre, often parodying the former in order to change the philosophical contour of the latter. Barker has achieved commercial success not only with his short fiction but also with his novels, which tend to be epic in scope and to blend elements of horror with those of high fantasy. Barker is one of the more influential voices in horror cinema, having written and directed a number of films.

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