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Games for Actors and Non-Actors [Paperback]

Augusto Boal
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Oct. 25 2002 0415267080 978-0415267083 2

Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike!

This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes:

  • two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil
  • Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • a revised introduction and translator's preface
  • a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition
  • new reflections on Forum Theatre.

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"This is an inspiring and powerful book, a lucid account that will be of substantial use to people already using "Theatre of the Oppressed." It should also act as an excellent introduction for those new to the system." - Artscene

"This is a useful handbook for those who want to explore Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' and as such is greatly to be welcomed. Boals' work deserves and demands emulation." - Theatre Research International

"You have achieved what Brecht only dreamt of and wrote about: making a useful theatre that is entertaining, fun, and instructive. It is a different kind of theatre - a kind of social therapy.it focuses the mind, relaxes the spirit, and gives people a new handle on their situations." - Richard Schechner

About the Author

Augusto Boal is a theatre director, dramatist, theorist, writer and teacher. He was a Member of Parliament for Rio de Janeiro from 1993-1996. He is the author of Theatre of the Oppressed, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Rainbow of Desire, Legislative Theatre, and Hamlet and the Baker's Son: My Life in Theatre and Politics.
Adrian Jackson is Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens. He has translated four books by Augusto Boal, collaborated on a number of occasions and taught Theatre of the Oppressed widely in other countries, including Namibia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Finland.

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This text represents a valuable introduction to the theories and practice of Augusto Boal. GFA, unlike its predecessor the Theatre of the Oppressed, contains practical exercises as well as an introduction to the important theoretical work of Boal. Boal's major innovations (such as Forum Theatre and Image Theatre) are introduced, discussed, and illustrated with examples, thus effectively allowing the reader to enter into the dialogue of using and refining the techniques. I would recommend this to any performer, artist, educator, or theatre worker who is unfamiliar with the work of Boal, and seeks new methods of understanding and transforming practice, and empowering both audience and participants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Augustus Boal for all ages April 11 2000
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Definitely a must-have in all drama classes. Don't recycle the same old exercises which have nothing to do with the world around us - the work of Boal is accessible and important to students of the theater of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Church Jan. 21 2004
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This book has given me several tools to use in my Sunday School class on the gospel of Mark. It helped the group of college students and adults, really get a more embodied sense of the gospel story, human ethics and Christian theology. If you are looking to do something different in your church, buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable introduction to the Theatre of the Oppressed April 12 2000
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This text represents a valuable introduction to the theories and practice of Augusto Boal. GFA, unlike its predecessor the Theatre of the Oppressed, contains practical exercises as well as an introduction to the important theoretical work of Boal. Boal's major innovations (such as Forum Theatre and Image Theatre) are introduced, discussed, and illustrated with examples, thus effectively allowing the reader to enter into the dialogue of using and refining the techniques. I would recommend this to any performer, artist, educator, or theatre worker who is unfamiliar with the work of Boal, and seeks new methods of understanding and transforming practice, and empowering both audience and participants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Augustus Boal for all ages April 11 2000
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Definitely a must-have in all drama classes. Don't recycle the same old exercises which have nothing to do with the world around us - the work of Boal is accessible and important to students of the theater of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best practical books and socially impoertant in history. May 1 2009
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a must have for anyone who is a parent, teaching, working with individuals, groups, or to make family gatehring fun, meaningful and looking forward to more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Games for Actors and Non-Actors 2nd Edition March 16 2009
By Angelina S. L. Tang - Published on Amazon.com
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This is excellent for my improvisation. Adapted the "ritual gesture" for my course. A must-have - honestly.
4.0 out of 5 stars Always use it! Excellent exercises and techniques. July 15 2014
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Excellent resource for theater educators and practitioners. Highlights include invisible theater, image theater and games and exercises. A must for popular theater/education.
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