How Plays Work

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781854593719
File Size: 24,29 MB
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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

The Secret Life Of Plays

Author: Steve Waters
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781848420007
File Size: 79,27 MB
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A guide to the hidden workings of plays and the trade secrets that govern their writing - by the acclaimed playwright Steve Waters. Drawing on a wide range of drama, both historical and modern, Waters takes the reader through the key elements of dramatic writing – scenes, acts, space, time, characters, language and images – to show how a play is more than the sum of its parts, with as much inner vitality as a living organism. Almost uniquely amongst accounts of playwriting, Waters’ book looks at the ways in which good plays move their audiences, generating powerful emotional responses that often defy conventional analysis. The Secret Life of Plays is for playwrights at any stage of their career, and will inspire and inform drama students as well as working actors and directors. Most of all it is for anyone who has ever laughed or cried in the theatre – and wants to know why. 'Theatre is a live medium, about bodies, sweat and feeling, even if it is informed by ideas and reason. How a thing composed of words manages to carry within it the currents of energy that generate that impression of life is what I want to explore…' Steve Waters 'Steve Waters’ book is like his plays: clear, elegant and stimulating throughout' David Edgar

So You Want To Be A Playwright

Author: Tim Fountain
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854597167
File Size: 24,39 MB
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Finding Your Voice

Author: Barbara Houseman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780878301676
File Size: 45,59 MB
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Finding your voice can be used as a resource by actors at all levels, form students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.

The Winslow Boy

Author: Terence Rattigan
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 9780822212645
File Size: 76,51 MB
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THE STORY: What begins as a small incident ultimately grows into a cause celebre nearly shaking the foundations of the government. The incident is simply that of a youngster in an English government school who is expelled for an alleged theft. As

The Shape Of The Table

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781854590794
File Size: 21,46 MB
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The Shape of the Table tracks the collapse of an Eastern Bloc government at the end of 1989. As the old regime retreats, former political prisoners join banned writers around the negotiating table... The play is part of David Edgar's post-Cold War trilogy of plays, which also includes Pentecost and The Prisoner's Dilemma. Witty and informative, this play is both an intensely topical account of what actually went on in the corridors of power and a timeless analysis of revolution in action. In particular the play explores not only the challenge of seizing power, but also the difficulty of relinquishing it.

Pentecost

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781854592927
File Size: 46,70 MB
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The newest play by one of England's leading playwrights.

The Acting Book

Author: John Abbott
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 9781848421448
File Size: 22,61 MB
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A ‘fast-forward’ acting course covering all the essential techniques an actor needs to know and use – with a suite of exercises to put each technique into practice. The Acting Book offers various ways to analyse a text and to create character, using not only the established processes of Stanislavsky and Meisner, but also new ones developed by the author over many years of teaching drama students. It also sets out a wide range of rehearsal techniques and improvisations, and it brims over with inventive practical exercises designed to stimulate the actor’s imagination and build confidence. The book will be invaluable to student actors as an accompaniment to their training, to established actors who wish to refresh their technique, and to drama teachers at every level. ‘Abbott knows what he’s talking about and has a gift for expressing himself in straightforward, clutter-free language’ The Stage on Improvisation in Rehearsal

Mojo Mickybo

Author: Owen McCafferty
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781854597014
File Size: 29,34 MB
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Three astute, savvy early plays from Owen McCafferty. Mojo Mickybo Mojo and Mickybo relive the summer of 1970 when they were growing up in Belfast, playing headers, building huts and re-enacting cowboy movies. An unsentimental portrayal of innocence betrayed by communal hatred. The Waiting List A monologue about a man under siege in the community where he grew up. Also includes I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me - 'A deeply affectionate and fiercely clear-eyed portrait of a recently unemployed middle-manager slowly losing his mind' Sunday Tribune

When You Cure Me

Author: Jack Thorne
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781854599018
File Size: 19,40 MB
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A painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love – and coping with serious illness at the same time. Rachel and Peter are seventeen. They have been going out for six months. It's love's young dream. Then Rachel gets ill – seriously ill. She doesn't want her mum to fuss; she doesn't want Alice to pretend she's her best friend; and she certainly doesn't want Alice's boyfriend telling bad jokes at her bedside. The only person she wants is Peter, but Peter doesn't know what it is that he wants. When You Cure Me is a bittersweet and poignant tale of love and misunderstanding – and discovering that what you say and do can be very different from what you think and feel.