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Mime, by Kay Hamblin


A Playbook of Silent Fantasy

By Kay Hamblin


A simple and practical guide to the art of mime, with eighty fully-illustrated exercises covering movements, characters, objects, nuances and make-up.

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Print Paperback 21.25
ISBN: 9780718824617
Specifications: 248x208mm, 192pp, b&w photographs
Publication: November 1987

About this Book

This is the art of mime, explained clearly and simply. Starting with some easy warm-ups. this book shows you the basics of mime: objects, movement, characters, nuances, and make-up, profusely illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

These eighty exercises help you experience each illusion as well as create it visually. Every technique is followed by suggestions for mime games you can play with your friends. There is also practical information for people who want to introduce mime for groups, plus tips for performers.


The Mimes

Introduction: Mime as Play

1. Warm-ups
2. Objects
3. Movements
4. Characters
5. Nuances
6. Make-up

Appendix One: Performing
Appendix Two: Teaching


Reviews and Comments

"A simple and very well illustrated introduction to the art of mime, stressing the fun element."
Dancing Times Book Service

"This book is effectively set out. The art of mime is explained clearly and thoroughly, showing both through word and picture, how each activity is carried out. Easy to follow and yet of as much use to the professional as the amateur."
Heinemann Publishers (NZ) Ltd

"I like this book very much. It gives good advice, good tips, all very carefully explained and the secrets given away. There are lots and lots of excellent black and white photographs which explain exactly how to do it, and inspire us to enjoy having a try."
Explorers Unlimited

"A book of ideas for anyone to experiment with. Two appendices offer sensible and practical advice on Performance and Teaching."
Dance and Drama

"Hundreds of descriptively delightful pictures in Mime in which, with charm and clarity, is explained the essence and practice of the art. This happy book, brightly presented in large-format paperback."
Eastern Daily Press

"Lavishly illustrated and encourages a refreshingly creative approach."
The Times Educational Supplement

"Exceedingly well-illustrated. Copious photos coupled with brief text."
The Manchester Evening News

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