Drama Games for Actors

Exploring Self, Character and Text

By Thomasina Unsworth

Drama Games for Actors
Paperback, 176 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848423732
Format: 216mm x 110mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 23rd March 2017
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Category: Acting, Directing

Series: Drama Games

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From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book offers dozens of games to serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration for all actors – and those teaching or directing them.

This must-have companion is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the actor’s process:

  • Self provides methods to deepen relaxation, sharpen focus, boost energy, expand imagination and enable a company of actors to work collaboratively
  • Character suggests strategies to aid the process of transformation, encouraging actors to explore characteristics that are distinct from their own
  • And Text offers exercises to unlock the words, allowing free and imaginative work within the structure of a script, without losing specificity

The games range from solo explorations which can be performed alone, to ideas for pairs and group work – making them suitable for a wide variety of scenarios and requirements. Overall, the book will serve as an essential foundation for every actor’s creativity, helping improve preparation, rehearsal and performance.

‘A mass of invaluable ideas for all ages and all types of actors, amateur or professional. It’s hard to imagine anyone involved in theatre who wouldn’t find it useful.’ Richard Eyre, from his Foreword

Blog Post: Richard Eyre on what makes a good theatre director: 'It never works to give the actors – who are always numbed to deafness by nerves – a lengthy lecture about the background to the play and its meaning: it doesn’t encourage actors to be made to feel that the director holds all the cards and they hold none.' Read more >>

Thomasina Unsworth is a professionally trained actor, with many years’ experience working in theatre and television. She now teaches at Rose Bruford College, one of the UK’s top drama schools, and is the author of Becoming an Actor.

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