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Keith Johnstone

KEITH JOHNSTONE

  (1933 - )

Nationality:    British
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Keith Johnstone is one of the few internationally recognized authorities in the field of improvisation, great chunks of which he created, including improvisation forms that include Theatresports, Micetro Impro (or Maestro Impro), Gorilla Theatre, and the Life Game . Theatresports is known worldwide, and London's Improbable Theatre Co. (directed by Phelim McDermott) recently toured Great Britain with the Life Game to excEllent reviews. His books Impro, and Impro For Storytellers, have been translated into many languages. Keith leads master classes in improvisation for a variety of groups from Stage Performers, to Clinic Clowns, to Psychotherapists. Since November 1998 Keith has held workshops in San Francisco, Brisbane, Sydney, Seattle, Vienna, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, London, Hong Kong, Austin (Texas), and Tokyo. He founded the Theatre Machine improvisation group, the International Theatresports Institute, and was the Co-founder of Calgary's Loose Moose Theatre.

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below is a list of Keith Johnstone's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Brixham Regatta, And For Children         Caught In the Act         Clowning         Cord, The         Crusoe         Defeat Of Giant Big Nose, The         Eleven Dead Men At Hola Camp         Fisch, Der         For Children         Frog Wife         Geronimo         Gloomy Go Round         I Want To Get Into You         Instant theatre         Invitation, The         Last Bird, The         Lifegame         Marg         Martians, The         Moby Dick: A Sir And Perkins Story         Nigger Hunt, The         Performing Giant, The         Philoctetes         Robinson Crusoe         Shot By An Elk         they Came By Night         Time Machine, The         Wakefield Mystery Cycle



Brixham Regatta, And For Children

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production without decor

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One act

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Wearing - the London Stage 58.148

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Caught In the Act

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London    1966

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Clowning

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Cord, The

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Teenage John is still attached to his mother by the umbilical cord and he now wants his own life

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Crusoe

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Defeat Of Giant Big Nose, The

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On Welsh Tour    1966

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Childrens Youth audience

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Eleven Dead Men At Hola Camp

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largely improvised piece of documentary theatre about the brutal treatment of African detainees during the Mau mau guerilla campaign in Kenya

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Written by Keith Johnstone And William Gaskell, songs by Wole Soyinka

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Genre:
documentary play

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Wearing - the London Stage 59.157

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Fisch, Der

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Tobingen    1971

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For Children

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production without decor

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Frog Wife

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Children's Play Youth audience

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Geronimo

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thelma picks Paul up in a bar and takes him home. She tells him her fantasy is performing oral sex with a man tied to her bed.

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Gloomy Go Round

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London    1959

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I Want To Get Into You

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a stranger turns up on Casey's doorstep claiming to be her soul

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Instant theatre

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Invitation, The

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Two waifs arrive at the Gates of Heaven

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Last Bird, The

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In a repressive society two youths attack a crippled man.

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Aarhus, Denmark    1973

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Lifegame

Synopsis:
each night a different guest is interviewed on stage about their life. as their story unfolds, it's spontaneously transformed into a piece of theatre - never seen before, never to be seen again.
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Devised by Phelim McDermott from improvisational work of Keith Johnstone

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Devised Piece

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Marg

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a professor finds a strange woman in his rooms. She does not know who she is or why she is there

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Martians, The

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Little Theatre club, London WC2    13 Feb 1967

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Theatrescope

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Moby Dick: A Sir And Perkins Story

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Little Theatre club, London WC2    01 May 1967

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Theatrescope

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 36/5

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Nigger Hunt, The

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London    1959

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Performing Giant, The

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music by Marc Wilkinson

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London    1966

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Philoctetes

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Original Playwright - Sophocles

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National Theatre Company

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  chorus

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Robinson Crusoe

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Calgary, Alberta    1976

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Shot By An Elk

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Kingston, Ontario    1974

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they Came By Night

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Time Machine, The

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London    1967

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Wakefield Mystery Cycle

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Victoria, British Columbia    1968

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