112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills

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Meriwether Pub., 2005 - Performing Arts - 237 pages
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There are more than 100 performance-tested theatre games in this unusually comprehensive collection. They were compiled after more than 15 years of workshops and study sessions. Included are a wide range of proven activities to assist in teaching specialised skills. The book is divided into 20 sections from Relaxation to Thinking Outside the Box. This is a flexible workbook designed to help instructors and participants mould and adapt many ideas to fit their needs.

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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
"The original purpose of the book was not to teach acting, but to show how to synthesize it to make it more accessible to instructors and
their students." That was author/acting instructor, Gavin Levy's goal. And he was successful. Acting is not, as one might surmise, that simple to instruct. One must always be aware of the nuances of the students, the allotted space, even the time of day. But, given the right tools, teaching drama can be less of a toil, less of a challenge, and more of an exercise in experiencing the profound joy of creating, using that given space, that given time and, of course, the real characters who appear in that space as acting students.
Gavin Levy's 112 Acting Games comprises 112 games, plus bonus chapters, and provides the instructor with some valuable tools. The 'games' are more like exercises, learning tools to help the students learn more about themselves, their bodies, their space, their ability to interact with the other students around them. From exercises that require the students to lie on the floor, close their eyes and imagine a relaxing space on a beach somewhere in paradise, an exercise that stresses the importance of breathing and totally relaxing every muscle in the body, to an activity described as "Organized Chaos" to make the students "pay attention."
Each activity is thoroughly described, even to the point of providing a complete description of what to tell the students to do. The importance of the exercise is also explained and there are a number of follow up activities/assignments/exercises. This book is an excellent resource for teachers working with drama students or teachers/parents just looking for something new and different to do with their young people.


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Gavin Levy is a Meriwether Publishing author.

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