The Training of Noh Actors and The Dove^n
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First Published in 1998. This is the second volume of Mask: A Release if Acting Resources, and David Griffiths provides a detailed and sensitive view of the Japanese Noh theatre: historically, philosophically (with an evaluation of Zeami's treatises) and in respect of the rigorous practicalities of Noh training. The latter is given particular authority and insight because of the access Griffiths had to Noh actors in training and performance. Greatly enhanced with the author's illustrations, this volume gives one of the most accessible introductions to Noh that is available in English. Appended to the descriptive and analytic material is a short play, The Dove, written by Griffiths (and subsequently professionally performed) described as 'unashamedly' acknowledging its Noh influence. This one-woman price is a sensitive and evocative drama with subtle references to its cultural source. Is potential as an exercise in mask work is excellent.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Introduction Chapter One A Brief History of Noh Kan’ami and Zeami to the Present Day The Origins of the Noh Stage The Noh Stage and its Occupants The Constituent Part of a Noh Play The Kyogen The Noh Mask: Design and Use Costume Chapter Two: The Training of the Noh Actor Chapter Three: An Evaluation of the Treatises of Zeami Introductory notes to The Dove The Dove Index
David Griffiths is a playwright, teacher, theatre director, and book illustrator. He is particularly interested in the training of young performers and has conducted many mask workshops in schools, community centres, colleges, universities and theatre companies in Britain. He has worked with mask in Russia and studied the use of mask in Noh theatre in Japan. His plays have been broadcast by the BBC and have toured the UK and Ireland.