Hot Picks and Favourite Books
Here you can find a collection of our favourite books about improvisation, some of which have been mentioned in the classes. Click on the pictures to find the book on Amazon.
The classic and still the best introduction to improvisation for the theatre. Readable, funny and illuminating. It’s been a major inspiration for staged impro in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and beyond. And it’s an easy stretch to see how Johnstone’s insights and techniques can apply to your own life and work, even if that’s a non-theatrical setting.
This is an elegant and usable book. Sample quote: ‘The rules defining the exercises are constraints that isolate components of human behaviour. These rules open pathways that lead into unexplored territories where the mind and body rejoin, where there’s no disparity between action and being’.
The Frederich S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
As more leaders realize that they can apply improvisation to solve major problems – when the answers involve complexity, quick responses and innovative thinking – we’ll see more books like this. It’s a brave, somewhat muddled attempt to show how games can raise the skill levels of people responding to increased risks of climate change. Games can certainly do this, though not always in quite the ways that these authors think. Stimulating stuff.
"Is what we're doing comedy? Probably not. Is it funny? Probably yes..." - Del Close
"Bring a brick to the scene in stead of a cathedral. Build Together!" - Del Close
- "Play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person – mind, body, intelligence and creativity." - Viola Spolin
The techniques of the theatre are the techniques of communicating.” - Viola Spolin
"If you believe you’re good already, you don’t need to do extra stuff to impress us. Your best work comes when you’re absorbed; because then your ego is away." - Keith Johnstone