Why is that So Funny? Book Cover Why is that So Funny?
John Wright
Directing
Nick Hern Books
2006
334

If you’ve ever wondered why you laugh in everyday situations, this entertaining book will tell you – and show you how to create comedic improvisation in rehearsal. John Wright was the co-creator of Trestle Theatre and Told by an Idiot. He continues to work with leading companies including Complicite, the RSC, the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House as well as independent artists and companies.

The depth of the author’s experience is immediately apparent in these pages as he shares practical exercises, stories and observations of his life and work. Over a hundred exercises are clearly explained, taking the reader through techniques developed by LeCoq, Gaulier and the author, with relevant examples from contemporary theatre and literature. The book is jam-packed with highly readable accounts of shows, rehearsals and life experiences which have helped shape Wright’s approach.

You can dip into it easily to pick up ideas for creating one of the simplest yet often elusive moments in theatre – the laugh. Highly recommended for anyone working in physical theatre or comedy, it will leave you itching to get back into the rehearsal room.

Go here to download a PDF extract on ‘Complicity’ and two games taken from the  book.

 

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