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The Technique of Improvisation in Acting and Technical Field

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Working in a group parallelly using a very simple storyline can be very useful when using the technique of improvisation. When working in groups the actors could use the comments from their colleagues thereby improving their capabilities during practice and rehearsals.   This kind of sharing would lead one to imagine the sequence of logical momentsAlison Oddly, a British educator and artist had started devising theatre from the year 1977. In her book titled, “ In Alison, Oddey tells us that a comprehensive study on devised work helps to bring out “ the uniqueness of process and product for every group concerned” .

(Oddey Alison, 1994) She speaks of another devising process called ‘ Forced Entertainment’ where a group uses “ an almost random pile of text, images, ideas, and personal experiences, out of which comes the subject matter for a piece” . (87) Oddly has dedicated one chapter in her book which is adapted from the work of Augusto Boal, an activist, and director on the subject of improvisation. The exercises that are demonstrated give a wide spectrum of devising approaches which include improvisation of thematic developments, short theatrical bits pertaining to specific areas which the group develops gradually into proper cohesion and taste.

Kerrigan, who is the founder of TOUCH Mime Theatre has conducted significant research on collaborative creativity and has come up with an amazing book that gives a step by step guide of how to create an original performance while working within a group. There are two separate divisions to Kerrigan’ s book titled “ The Performer’ s Guide” .– The first section is called the “ Creative Processes” which lays down the developmental stages to the reader filled with activities and exercises that project thoughts and ideas towards devised work of which strategies and methods of improvisation play a great part.

The second part of Kerrigan’ s book deals with helping members of a group to work together productively and without any disagreement.  

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