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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 nGames 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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ISBN : 9780415267083
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Number of Pages : 301 Pages
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  • Lara Messersmith-Glavin
    2019-05-18 17:22

    I was introduced to the work of Augusto Boal by a woman whom I admire greatly. She is a gardener, a writer, an activist, and a performer. She spent time in Brazil studying Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with landless workers there, and now has brought the techniques and skills she learned there back to the States, where she conducts workshops in the practice, among other things.As an ESOL and writing teacher, I don't always make room in my syllabi for my political work. Many would suggest that I should leave those things at home; the classroom is for skills and content. However, the more I reflect on my convictions and beliefs, the more I come to consider radical practice a fundamental part of what I do, what I should do, what I aspire to do. I have recently been running up against this notion of "practice" - is it really "practice" when it is a way of life? It seems to me that practice, then, is something deeper. It becomes more like a "way," when we think of a "way" as a "Tao." It is one of the paths one can walk - either we walk that path, or we walk another, but we do not pick and choose when to be on it and when to get off, depending on the hat we wear. We simply stay on the path.In any case, I think that radical practice - a radical path - for a teacher in my position means truly considering my students - in my case, students often considered "at-risk": immigrants, refugees, single parents, first-generation college students, minorities, individuals recently released from prison, workers without jobs - as humans, as valued, reflective, intelligent individuals with interests and a great capacity to teach and learn from one another. It means recognizing their various challenges, and celebrating and supporting their strengths. It also means trying new things.The techniques outlined in Games for Actors and Non-Actors transformed my understanding of how to relate to a group of people. I have tried several of the games in my classes, and have had nothing but outstanding positive results, ranging from puzzled introspection leading to insight, to shrieking delight and the mad joy of freedom that comes from doing some that feels both very new and very, very natural. I am grateful for the constant reminder that, as a teacher, I must always continue to learn.

  • MacK
    2019-05-02 13:22

    Boal, a man who truly understands the balance between artistry and education, provides an excellent set of instructive methods for theatre practitioners, or indeed, any one interested in using theatre to help colleagues, friends or patients, access difficult elements within their own natures.While I can't speak to this book's validity as a text for artistic therapy, I can say that reading this book sparked such a desire to teach and see these exercises in practice, that it was all I could do not to walk up to random people on side walks and say: "excuse me, do you feel like playing a little game called 'Analogy'?" But then I remembered that such educator related neuroses probably would not be looked upon favorably by those who renew my teaching license.Still, the strength of Boal lies in his gentle, considerate guidance. The same manners he used in running his own workshops are on display in the text here. He doesn't mandate obedience to the forms, but rather offers assistance. Any teacher who hopes to help students on their way to greater artistry could benefit from a review of Boal's methods.

  • Dhandayutha
    2019-04-22 16:32

    Augusto Baol who was very much influenced by Paulo friere and his works.Paulo friere who wrote fabulous texts like pedagogy of oppressed,whose very educational model was influenced Hindu concept of advaita (Non duality). Here Augusto baol reinterpret the educational model for theater and also he suggest act as tool for personal liberation and protest and freeing ourselves from the mechanized model of life.I am amazed that adavaita concept can be explored in many interesting way such as this.Augusta baol unveil a theater where the spectator also has to participate as spectactor.Spectator is not oppressed as in the usual theater or given the medicines or message which shows brilliance of the director.Rather the emphasis on the actors and spectactors to participate and unveil each other.This books enlarged my view of art and I am also started practice many of these methods.You can call it as games or meditations as hindu philosophy calls it.Fabulous book.I will read manymore times and practice it.

  • Nadiene
    2019-05-04 16:39

    A neat index of games. Not all of them are useful in a classroom setting, but can be good for building actors' relationships with each other.

  • Fiona
    2019-05-15 13:22

    Self help for the perennially pretentious. Seventeen year old me lapped this up, and I still think it's great.

  • Peter
    2019-04-27 18:17

    A must-have for applied theatre practitioners! Even though you may not use forum directly in your work. I used a lot of the exercises in the book for inspiration for several forum theatre productions I did in collaboration with Mozambican artists in Mozambique - see more her if you would like to see free films and download free material about forum theatre:www.interactive-theatre.comI even had the luck to spend a whole week with Augusto Boal himself and his son Julian Boal for a weeks intensive masterclass. We went through many of the exercises in the book. So my copy carries the signature of the now sadly, late Augusto Boal. Do get this book. Lots of great exercises and a thoughtful introduction to the forum method - devised and described by Boal.

  • Eliot Fiend
    2019-05-15 16:31

    boal's work is fucking inspiring and articulate and exciting as much now as ever. it calls out for continually widening application and integration into theatre-making as well as political struggle and activism (often overlapping). this collection is a little overwhelming in its breadth but serves well as a go-to and resource for facilitators and ensembles as well as game-lovers...anyone interested in putting stories, conflicts, and struggles onstage, demechanizing the body, and using theatre toward changing how we envision and encounter the world we live in.

  • Denis
    2019-04-22 17:20

    This book is one of the rare few that manages to be both extremely interesting and also extremely useful. As a teacher, I was able to mine it for a wealth of useful activities, but Boal also draws you into thinking about instruction from different angles. The activities have a basis in theory, but they are also deeply grounded in practice, which makes it much easier to put them into action. I was able to adapt the activities more easily and more successfully because Boal had clearly put in a lot of deep thought into how and why each one worked.

  • Chrissy
    2019-04-24 18:34

    this man is a genius. inspiring and invigorating...

  • Sherry
    2019-05-16 13:22

    Absolutely brilliant! Most useful book I've bought in years :)

  • John
    2019-05-14 18:45

    Still a seminal referance text always will come come back to it when situation requires it

  • Kata Mach
    2019-05-15 18:24

    great methodology accompanying boal's "theater of the oppressed"- physical and mental exercises for work with actors /theater actors/social actors etc/

  • Jo Halstead
    2019-04-30 15:28

    This is a classic text for any Drama teacher - first read it in '95 and I still refer to it and use many of the techniques and games in it now.

  • galaxy
    2019-05-06 17:46

    based on the work of the Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed, Rio de Janeiro. a primary text for much of my work as a teacher, artist, and scholar.

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-28 12:39

    Augusto Boal is a brilliant People's director and actor who brings theater to the common man to create social change. Used this text in the classroom and during my training days.

  • Liz
    2019-05-07 19:32

    Boal is a god among theatre practitioners. His work can be used in so many ways and is so much fun!

  • Jon Chater
    2019-05-05 18:27

    Boal is an amazing man. This book only begins to show the inspiration of the man. Everyone interested in the power of theatre must read this.

  • Monica
    2019-05-23 17:22

    Incredibly helpful guide to using embodied practices!

  • Jody
    2019-05-17 12:37

    this book is rocking my world. making me want to find a full-time drama teacher job. but where do those exist?

  • Ori Fienberg
    2019-04-27 12:47

    Sigh. Read it, love it, and then get over it. Living by this book quickly becomes boring, sort of like a very friendly dog; the licking kind. It's better if your second best friend owns it.

  • Nicole Marino
    2019-05-02 15:22

    Well explained, and it's a classic.