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Drama Games for Actors

Drama Games for Actors

By Thomasina Unsworth
Series: Drama Games
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848423732, 176 pages, March 2017


From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book offers dozens of games to serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration for all actors – and those teaching or directing them.

This must-have companion is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the actor's process:

  • Self provides methods to deepen relaxation, sharpen focus, boost energy, expand imagination and enable a company of actors to work collaboratively
  • Character suggests strategies to aid the process of transformation, encouraging actors to explore characteristics that are distinct from their own
  • And Text offers exercises to unlock the words, allowing free and imaginative work within the structure of a script, without losing specificity

The games range from solo explorations which can be performed alone, to ideas for pairs and group work – making them suitable for a wide variety of scenarios and requirements. Overall, the book will serve as an essential foundation for every actor's creativity, helping improve preparation, rehearsal and performance.


"A great addition to the series... a useful resource that can be adapted according to group size and ability"

- Teaching Drama

"Invaluable… a very helpful resource book that will challenge both the facilitator and the actor and I am sure will result in some excellent and imaginative performances"

- Word Matters - Journal of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama