Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play

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Balfour, Michael
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Chris Johnston (1951–2017) was a restless theatre maverick who invented and experimented with form and approach, but always with a commitment to social justice. In prisons, schools and a wide range of communities, he was a forensic listener – critical and probing, but always creative and compassionate. Disobedient Theatre is a characteristically thorough book that divides itself between scrutinizing the impulse and spirit of subversive play and providing a hands-on guide that includes games and exercises for like-minded creatives. Johnston seeks to define cultural disobedience as the ‘unbridled spirit of impulsiveness’ (2017: xv), not because he is interested in rephrasing practice into a new movement, but because he is interested in exploring eclectic examples of theatre practice that he sees as fuelled by a concoction of imagination, political passion and creative innovation.

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Applied Theatre Research

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6

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1

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© 2018 Applied Theatre Research Journal. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Specialist studies in education

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Balfour, M, Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play, Applied Theatre Research, 2018, 6 (1), pp. 77-79

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