The Improv Book is a smart, witty and accessible manual guiding you through the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation. * Classic improv games and variations* Improv scenarios * How improv can be used for making theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productionsThe book will be an asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools, drama schools, higher education and theatre groups, both professional and amateur. It will also benefit organisations and individual readers who want to discover how improv could stimulate creativity and confidence in all areas of life. Improv can be practised at any level, and used for multiple purposes, from bonding together students or co-workers, to working up a speech, to discovering the underlying meanings of a play-text, to devising a full-blown song and dance show. The Improv Book opens up this exciting discipline to a wider audience.
Alison Goldie is an actor, theatre director, facilitator, writer and broadcaster with a long career in making and performing theatre and comedy. She is a great believer in the power of improvisation for stimulating creativity, and developing theatre and life-skills, and is living proof that performing and teaching improv keeps you young and sexy (she says). As an improviser she performed in Theatresports(TM) and the legendary improv troupe Spontaneous Combustion. On the comedy circuit of the 1980s she was in the double-act The Wild Girls and a stand-up comic. On TV her credits include "Newman and Baddiel in Pieces" (BBC2), and presenting for "The Travel Show" (BBC2) and "Dream Ticket" (ITV) among others. She has toured internationally with her theatre company The Weird Sisters and recently toured the UK with her one-woman show "Lady in Bed." She has directed for the Garrick Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Vienna's English Theatre and Youth Music Theatre amongst others. Alison has taught improv all over the world.