The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life

by Alison Goldie

Binding: PaperBack | Page extent: 300 

ISBN: 9781783191802 


A smart, witty and accessible guide to the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation.

It features:

• Classic improv games and variations
• How to tell stories and create characters from scratch
• Using improv to make theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productions

An asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools,drama schools, higher education and theatre groups, both professional and amateur. It will also be of benefit to organisations and individual readers who want to discover how improv stimulates creativity and confidence in all areas of life. The Improv Book opens up this exciting discipline to a wider audience.


A brilliant addition to any performer’s library and useful to educators, performers, the business community and fascinated bystanders. This book should be on the bloody national curriculum!’
Phill Jupitus, Comedian


‘Cheerful, chatty and very informative… A readable, heedable role-book, a fine fools’ guide to improvisation, wherein lies plenty to plunder for those learning and teaching drama at all levels.’
John Hegley, Poet and Musician


‘A wondrous toolbox for the imagination’
Jake Arnott, Novelist

'The solid knowledge and experience of the actor, director, writer and broadcaster Alison Goldie is apparent throughout, as is her infectious enthusiasm... The book stands on a level with Impro by Keith Johnstone as it not only teaches us how to teach the approaches, but draws parallels with everyday life situations in a personal, honest and inspiring fashion. Highly recommended for anyone exploring improvisation, wanting to spice up their rehearsals of existing material or wishing to devise their own work.' 

Drama Resource ★★★★★

'Her voice is convincing, experienced and friendly and endlessly reassuring... This is a magic box you can dip into, the briefest look will reveal a gem... welcome tonic. Goldie's book could be lighting up a shelf near you.' 

National Drama Magazine

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