improvised theatre

December 05, 2006

Clive Barker

Much in my theatre thoughts right now is the division between 'body-based'/physical theatre and 'text-based'/classical theatre. The sort of theatre produced in the English speaking world is often seen as distinct from the more physical work produced in continental Europe and elsewhere - I've been mustard keen to find a link. And then - last weekend - I re-read some bits of Clive Barker's great book "Theatre Games" - and, I think, found it...

The brain's still ticking over this one - I'll keep you posted if I figure anything out - meanwhile, I recommend "Theatre Games" to anyone.

(Trivia: "TG" is the source of the famous exercises that involve falling backwards and being caught in someone's arms - there's a good reason for doing them too, and it's not about the much misused notion of 'trust' - but to find out what it is, you'll have to read the book....)

Posted by Andrew Ormerod at December 5, 2006 11:30 PM