'I wish I'd had this book when I was starting out as a young director...I cant recommend it highly eugh.' Marianne Elliott, from her Foreword This dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book in the bestselling Drama Games series offers dozens of ideas and exercises to energise and inspire a bold, creative rehearsal process for any play, of any period or genre. Aimed at directors of all levels, it covers every aspect of rehearsal, including: - Warm-up exercises to prepare the body, voice and mind, and to create a strong ensemble; - Ideas for approaching the text, tackling the 'Story of the Play'; - A wealth of games for unlocking the 'World of the Play', including developing characters, finding a physical style, understanding genre and investigating themes; - Suggestions for exploring sound and music, whether for use in the production or simply to encourage a sense of fun in rehearsals. This essential 'go-to' book will provide you with a host of original and illuminating games, perfect for the play you're rehearsing, be it Shakespeare or Greek tragedy, a Restoration comedy, physical theatre, Modern Naturalism - or even a brand new play. Marianne Elliott, one of the most invative and exciting directors working anywhere in the world, describes it as a 'beautiful, and very --clearly written book' which will become her 'constant companion in future'.
Jessica Swale is a director, writer and the Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company. She has worked for the National Theatre, Out of Joint, Shakespeare's Globe and for many drama schools and theatre projects both in the UK and overseas. Her first book, Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops, is the bestselling book of its kind.