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A Beginner's Guide to Devising Theatre


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword by Lyn Gardner Part One: An Introduction to devising theatre with young people An Introduction to Junction 25 Who is this book for? Why devise theatre? Beginning to collaborate Part Two: Devising theatre in seven stages An overview Stage 1: Building the group dynamic Stage 2: Selecting an inquiry question Stage 3: Finding the frame Stage 4: Making original material for performance * Writing text * Movement and choreography * Performance images * Action * Music Stage 5: Structure and composition Stage 6: Reflection Stage 7: Production: Sharing your work with an audience Part Three: Five interviews and one running order Interviews with companies that devise theatre; an introduction Interview about the process of devising All the Sex I've Ever Had by Mammalian Diving Reflex with Artistic Director Darren O'Donnell Interview about the process of devising Wallflower by Quarantine with Artistic Director Richard Gregory Interview about the process of devising Mission Drift by the TEAM with Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin Interview about the process of devising GBPYEURO$ (LIES) by Ontroerend Goed with Artistic Director Alexander Devriendt Interview about the process of devising Trilogy by Nic Green with Artist Nic Green An example of a running order - ANOESIS by Junction 25 Index List of Contributors

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A Beginner's Guide to Devising Theatre is a practical handbook providing guidance for people wishing to devise original performance work.

About the Author

Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore are Co-Artistic Directors of Junction 25. Junction 25 is an award-winning performance company made up of young people aged between 11 and 18, based at the Tramway, Glasgow. Over the past fifteen years, Junction 25 have presented their work at festivals and venues across the UK and Europe. In 2015, they were awarded the prestigious CATS Whiskers award for an outstanding achievement in pioneering and high-quality work by young people.


Not just one of the best things I've seen in Edinburgh this year, but one of the best pieces I've seen anywhere - tender, true and brutally honest * Lyn Gardner on Junction 25 *
Junction 25 youth theatre company, steered by directors Tashi Gore and Jess Thorpe, have been hailed as one of the finest in the UK, and it's not difficult to see why * Scotsman on Junction 25 *

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