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.
Tina Bicat and Chris Baldwin head the team of directors, producers, designers, writers, composers, performers and technicians who wrote this unique book, drawing on the professional experience of each of the authors. Their collective work includes every type of scripted and non-scripted theatre.