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Plays for Physical Theatre

By | Copyright Year:2006 | ISBN-13: 9780170127509

Published:26/07/2005
Plays for Physical Theatre is made up of 3 plays: New Zealand Lamb, After Kafka and Speed of Light.

The plays are suitable for young adult performers and audiences. They were written to appeal to a broad spectrum of age groups but will be particularly appropriate for Years 10, 11 and 12 students, as well as those studying theatre at tertiary level.

Each play is accompanied by extensive production notes that provide study suggestions and ideas to stimulate the rehearsal process.

The notes in Plays for Physical Theatre provide advice and information on the following topics:

How the plays were written
Understanding the plays' themes and metaphors
Approaches to characterisation
Ideas for staging
Use of theatre space
Keeping the rehearsal process alive
Building the audience-performer relationship.
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New Zealand Lamb

Writing the play
Origins
A black comedy
The writing process
Discovering the characters
A fable
Producing the play
Physical theatre
Casting the play
Getting started
Get researching
Building a company
Moving in space
Audience-performer relationship
Characterisation
Obsession
Comedy
Finding the story
Staging the play
Style
Using a central metaphor
Physicalising the character
Key points
Script

After Kafka

Writing the play
About Kafka
The play creates itself
The story of the play
Kafka, then and now
Producing the play
Getting started
A free discussion
Researching Kafka
Feeding the imagination
Characterisation
Looking for clues
Motivation
The ruling idea
Staging the play
A variety of options
Making the machine
Style of performance
Finding an interpretation
A physical approach
A cartoon comedy
Mask and scale
Choreographing the movement sequence
Key points
Script

Speed of Light

Writing the play
Playing God
Researching the play
Thinking about speed
A realistic approach
Producing the play
Casting
Getting started
Subtext
Characterisation
Staging the play
Traverse and conventional staging
A simple approach
Fluidity of movement
Sound effects and music
Style
Key points
Script

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angie Farrow is a senior lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand, specialising in Drama and Creative Processes. She has written numerous plays for theatre and radio in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Angie has a keen interest in drama pedagogy and is the recipient of two university teaching awards.

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