The Crafty Art Of Playmaking

Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250083087
Size: 50.44 MB
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The Crafty Art Of Playmaking from the Author: Alan Ayckbourn. For the first time, Alan Ayckbourn shares all of his tricks of the playwright's trade. From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing, the book provides a complete primer for the newcomer and a refresher for the more experienced. Written in Ayckbourn's signature style that combines humor, seriousness, and heady air of theatrical sophistication that Noel Coward would envy, The Crafty Art of Playmaking is a must-have for aspiring playwrights and students of drama.

The Art Of Writing Drama

Author: Michelene Wandor
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408141329
Size: 11.54 MB
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The Art Of Writing Drama from the Author: Michelene Wandor. The Art of Writing Drama is an indispensable textbook for wherever writing for the stage is taught, but also serves as a foundational book for any student taking courses in performance media - radio, television and film. Coupling theory with practice, the book opens with a survey of the current methodologies of teaching playwriting and of textual analysis. The theories of Bakhtin, Foucault and Derrida are examined as are the agendas of play reviewers from the national press. In the second section of the book, a wealth of guidance with practical exercises on the skills of writing for the stage is provided. Throughout the text, Wandor draws on her extensive experience as both playwright and teacher of creative writing to provide a guide that is both a scholarly and an immensely practical guide to writing for the theatre.

The Contemporary Political Play

Author: Sarah Grochala
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472588495
Size: 36.56 MB
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The Contemporary Political Play from the Author: Sarah Grochala. What does it mean for a play to be political in the 21st century? Does it require explicit engagement with events and situations with the aim of bringing about change or highlighting social wrongs? Is it purely a matter of content or is it also a matter of structure? The Contemporary Political Play: Rethinking Dramaturgical Structure examines the politics of contemporary 'political' drama. It traces the origins of the contemporary British political play to the emergence of the idea of 'serious drama' in the late 19th century through the work of Bernard Shaw, and argues that a Shavian version of serious drama was inextricably linked to the social and political structures of British society at the time. While political drama is still often thought of as adhering to a Shavian model in which social issues are presented through a dialectical structure, Grochala argues that the different political structures of contemporary Britain give rise to formally inventive dramaturgies that are no less 'serious' or political than their Shavian forebears. Through analysing the experimental dramaturgies of contemporary plays by playwrights including Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens, Anthony Neilson, debbie tucker green and Mark Ravenhill, among others, it offers a set of new principles for understanding how a play functions politically and reveals how today the dramaturgical structure of a play is as political as its content.

Stephen Joseph Theatre Pioneer And Provocateur

Author: Paul Elsam
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472515501
Size: 43.19 MB
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Stephen Joseph Theatre Pioneer And Provocateur from the Author: Paul Elsam. A 1967 obituary in The Times labelled Stephen Joseph 'the most successful missionary to work in the English theatre since the second world war'. This radical man brought theatre-in-the-round to Britain, provoked Ayckbourn, Pinter and verbatim theatre creator Peter Cheeseman to write and direct, and democratised theatregoing. This monograph investigates his forgotten legacy. This monograph draws on largely unsorted archival material (including letters from Harold Pinter, J. B. Priestley, Peggy Ramsay and others), and on new interviews with figures including Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Trevor Griffiths and Sir Ben Kingsley, to demonstrate how the impact on theatre in Britain of manager, director and 'missionary' Stephen Joseph has been far greater than is currently acknowledged within traditional theatre history narratives. The text provides a detailed assessment of Joseph's work and ideas during his lifetime, and summarises his broadly-unrecognised posthumous legacy within contemporary theatre. Throughout the book Paul Elsam identifies Joseph's work and ideas, and illustrates and analyses how others have responded to them. Key incidents and events during Joseph's career are interrogated, and case studies that highlight Joseph's influence and working methods are provided.

The Art And Craft Of Playwriting

Author: Jeffery Hatcher
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781884910463
Size: 63.41 MB
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The Art And Craft Of Playwriting from the Author: Jeffery Hatcher. With his hands-on experience, shrewd advice and absolute passion for the theater, Jeffrey Hatcher is the perfect tutor for aspiring playwrights. He keeps his instruction lively and clear by using many examples from a variety of plays - from Hamlet to Amadeus. Hatcher not only gives you a good sense of the "big ideas," he also fills you in on all the particulars ... how to work intermissions into a play, when to use music, how to furnish your stage space. Complete, practical and inspirational, this guide takes you behind the scenes and deep into the real world of playwriting.

How Plays Work

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781854593719
Size: 41.76 MB
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How Plays Work from the Author: David Edgar. Distinguished playwright David Edgar examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have employed to structure their plays and to express their meaning. Written for playwrights and playgoers alike, Edgar’s analysis starts with the building blocks of whole plays – plot, character creation, genre and structure – and moves on to scenes and devices. He shows how plays share a common architecture without which the uniqueness of their authors’ vision would be invisible. What does King Lear have in common with Cinderella? What does Jaws owe to Ibsen? From Aeschylus to Alan Ayckbourn, from Chekhov to Caryl Churchill, are there common principles by which all plays work? How Plays Work is a masterclass for playwrights and playmakers and a fascinating guide to the anatomy of drama. 'lucid, deeply intelligent... combines theoretical acumen with the assured know-how of a working dramatist' Terry Eagleton, TLS 'Fascinating... Read it. You will learn a lot' The Stage

Book Review Digest

Author: H.W. Wilson Company
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Book Review Digest from the Author: H.W. Wilson Company.