A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre.

Author: Marcia L. Ferguson

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: PSU:000067218363

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre. Intended to illuminate the importance of theatre and performance in daily life, A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre engages students with dramatic material as they learn the practical elements of review, analysis, criticism, and research.

Writing for Theatre

Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. This book will take you on a journey from the origins of theatre to what it means to write for the stage today.

Author: Kim Wiltshire

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137369208

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. This book will take you on a journey from the origins of theatre to what it means to write for the stage today. Through a series of interviews with writers, directors and dramaturgs, it explores the foundations, traits and skills necessary for playwriting.

How to Write About Theatre

This inspirational book shows you the way to do it. Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune

Author: Mark Fisher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472520555

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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What do you do if you find yourself weeping in the stalls? How should you react to Jude Law's trousers or David Tennant's hair? Are you prepared to receive toilet paper in the post? What if the show you just damned turns out to be a classic? If you gave it a five-star rave will anyone believe you? Drawing on his long years of experience as a national newspaper critic, Mark Fisher answers such questions with candour, wit and insight. Learning lessons from history's leading critics and taking examples from around the world, he gives practical advice about how to celebrate, analyse and discuss this most ephemeral of art forms - and how to make your writing come alive as you do so. Today, more people than ever are writing about theatre, but whether you're blogging, tweeting or writing an academic essay, your challenges as a critic remain the same: how to capture a performance in words, how to express your opinions and how to keep the reader entertained. This inspirational book shows you the way to do it. Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune

Writing about Theatre and Drama

Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

Author: Suzanne Hudson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: IND:30000103005983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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Combining basic composition and critical inquiry into the discipline of theatre, WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA meets the fundamental needs of beginning theatre students to learn the unique and varied forms of theatre and drama in their role in our cultural heritage. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

Stage Directions

This book encapsulates a lifetime's work and is guaranteed to be a firm favourite with his legions of fans around the world.

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571249220

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Stage Directions covers half a lifetime and the whole range of Frayn's theatrical writing, right up to a new piece about his latest play, Afterlife. It is also a reflection on his path into theatre: the 'doubtful beginnings' of his childhood, his subsequent scorn as a young man and, surprisingly late in life, his reluctant conversion. Whatever subjects he tackles, from the exploration of the atomic nucleus to the mechanics of farce, Michael Frayn is never less than fascinating, delightfully funny and charming. This book encapsulates a lifetime's work and is guaranteed to be a firm favourite with his legions of fans around the world.

The Student Guide to Writing Playwriting

The Student Guide to Playwriting provides access to step-by-step lesson plans for writing a theatre play.

Author: Jennifer Tuckett

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781786822161

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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The Student Guide to Playwriting provides access to step-by-step lesson plans for writing a theatre play. The lessons are written by ten top industry professionals who have led the way in terms of playwriting training in the UK. Including Rob Drummer, Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, and former Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme John Yorke, founder of the BBC Writers Academy and author of Into the Woods Tom Holloway, playwright and mentor, nominated by the Bush Theatre Fin Kennedy , founder of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company St eve Winter, Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and cofounder of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays Caroline Jester, who has pioneered international collaborative and digital playwriting programmes Caroline Hort on, writer, performer, director and mentor, nominated by the Bush Theatre Lucy Kerbel, Director of Tonic Theatre and founder of Platform Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing and playwriting, the book offers key advice on getting started, ideas, structure, scenes, characterization, dialogue, theatricality, rewriting, and the business of staging your work.

Writing about Theatre

This book provides critical analysis of play texts, as well as performance reviews, theater history research, and other examples that enliven understanding and promote versatility.

Author: Christopher J. Thaiss

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 0205280005

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 121

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In Hamlet, when the melancholy prince kills Polonius, the dramatic tension is enhanced by the audience's knowledge that Polonius lurks behind the curtain, and that Hamlet will mistake him for his detested stepfather. Though this tension is understood and appreciated by readers of the play, its dynamics of raw intensity are perhaps best understood by the interplay between performers and audience members. By addressing both enthusiasts of theater and enthusiasts of dramatic literature, Thaiss and Davis demonstrate how one's understanding of drama is enriched by critical attention to both performance and text. It specifically addresses the writing needs of a novice playwright, not in conjunction with "writing about literature," but about the play as subject in its own right. This book provides critical analysis of play texts, as well as performance reviews, theater history research, and other examples that enliven understanding and promote versatility. In its sequence of chapters, it addresses projects of increasing sophistication, from performance reviews and play analyses to theater history research and dramatic theory papers. As a general guide to good writing, this book also promotes learning and critical/creative thought. Introductory chapters cover the principles of good writing and offer strategies to help readers overcome writer's block, organize effectively and avoid common usage and style pitfalls. Anyone interested in drama and/or literature.

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume ...

Author: S.E. Wilmer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587295218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.

Writing in Collaborative Theatre Making

This engaging text explores the role of the writer and the text in collaborative practice through the work of contemporary writers and companies working in Britain, offering students and aspiring writers and directors effective practical ...

Author: Sarah Sigal

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137331700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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This engaging text explores the role of the writer and the text in collaborative practice through the work of contemporary writers and companies working in Britain, offering students and aspiring writers and directors effective practical strategies for collaborative work.

The Collaborative Playwright

The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and ...

Author: Bruce Graham

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: IND:30000116863998

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

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The interaction between the ideas of the playwright and the know-how of the dramaturg is vital to the success of any production. But not every writer is accustomed to thinking like a dramaturg. The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and writing in new ways. The Collaborative Playwright gives you professional advice on how to get started with a play, how to structure it to be performed, and how to work with a dramaturg to turn it into a staged production. Graham and Volansky's fun, smart conversation offers step-by-step advice on each of the components of the craft - exposition, rhythms, characterization, structure, and story generation - all illustrated with clear examples from Graham's own plays. But unlike other books that advise playwrights, The Collaborative Playwright is written from two points of view: the playwright's and the dramaturg's. It's both friendly and packed with indispensable nuggets of information, including interviews with more than thirty current theatre artists whose collective advice articulates some of the more practical aspects of working in the theatre - knowledge that playwrights need as they write. Want to write plays that work as well on stage as they do in your head? Read The Collaborative Playwright, listen in as two theatre veterans discuss the crucial characteristics of good writing, and find out why, if you're writing for the theatre, it pays to listen to your dramaturg.

Political Theatre in Post Thatcher Britain

The 'in-yer-face' plays of the mid-1990s announced a new generation shaped by Thatcherism and defined by antipathy to social ideals and political involvement.

Author: A. Kritzer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230582224

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

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The 'in-yer-face' plays of the mid-1990s announced a new generation shaped by Thatcherism and defined by antipathy to social ideals and political involvement. They have generated thoughtful and lively responses from playwrights. The resulting dialogue has brought politics to the forefront of British drama and reinvigorated British theatre.

Theatre for Children

A guide to producing, directing, and writing plays for children, with tips on catching and holding a child's attention

Author: David Wood

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566632324

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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A guide to producing, directing, and writing plays for children, with tips on catching and holding a child's attention

Playwriting

Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage.

Author: Fraser Grace

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472526670

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage. PART 1 includes reflections on the art and the craft of playwriting, guidance on writing for a full range of genres and spaces and a brief history of playwriting itself. PART 2 contains inspiring advice and reflections from leading playwrights:April De Angelis, Bryony Lavery, David Greig, Christina Reid, Dennis Kelly, Frank McGuinness, Lynn Nottage, Howard Brenton, Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Polly Stenham, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, Steve Waters, E.V. Crowe, David Henry Hwang, Lin Coghlan, Zinnie Harris and Anne Washburn. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on planning and conducting research, working out plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue, navigating the industry and the rehearsal and production process.

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

Including new material alongside revised, extended selections from Janet Neipris' original and much loved book To Be A Playwright, this volume takes the writer up to a first draft and rewrite of a dramatic work.

Author: Janet Neipris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317421139

Category: Reference

Page: 168

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For decades writers have competed to enroll in the legendary Master classes led by Janet Neipris at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and across the globe. Several generations of playwrights, screenwriters, and television writers have been inspired and educated by her. Her newest book provides the next best thing to studying with her around the seminar table. It’s wise, engaging, focused. The fourteen chapters, organized like a semester, guide the writer week-by-week and step-by-step to the completion of a first draft and a rewrite. There are Weekly Exercises and progressive Assignments. Chapters include Beginnings, Creating Complex Characters, Dialogue, Escalating Conflicts, Endings, Checkpoints, Comedy, and Adaptation. For professional writers, teachers, and students, as well as anyone who want to complete their first piece. What’s important is that you will finish. Janet will be guiding you to The End. An award winning playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU, Janet Neipris has written for Screen and Television. She has also taught dramatic writers at UCLA and in China, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Italy, and in the UK at Oxford, CSSD, University of Birmingham, and the University of East Anglia. Previous publications include To Be A Playwright (Routledge 2006). Janet Neipris’s plays and letters are in the Theatre Collection of Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Dramatic Writing Masterclasses

Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters brings together the advice of the professionals who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK. Including Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court ...

Author: Jennifer Tuckett

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781783193257

Category: Reference

Page: 128

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Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters brings together the advice of the professionals who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK. Including Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme Stephen Jeffreys, Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for eleven years and creator of Masterclasses which have led the way in Playwriting training in the UK Caroline Jester, who has been Dramaturg at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, co-author of the book Playwriting Across the Curriculum and has pioneered collaborative and digital playwriting programmes worldwide Fin Kennedy, winner of the first Fringe First award ever awarded to a schools production and co-Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company Kate Ro wland, founder of BBC Writersroom Philip Shelley, instigator of the Channel 4 screenwriting course Nina Steiger, Associate Director at the Soho Theatre Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins’ new MA Dramatic Writing Course Steve Winter, Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot US/UK Exchange John Yo rke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy and former Head of Channel 4 Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing, the book offers key advice on writing for theatre, film, television, radio and digital media.

Writing Musical Theater

This guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through to the ways in which writers can market a finished show and get it produced.

Author: A. Cohen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137048103

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

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This guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through to the ways in which writers can market a finished show and get it produced. For the interested theatregoer and writers, it is written in a lively and user-friendly style and illustrated with numerous examples.

H l ne Cixous and the Theatre

This book offers a clear contextualisation of Cixous' theatre alongside detailed analyses of individual plays and argues for a reading of Cixous' theatre as a dramatisation of the writing process.

Author: Julia Dobson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3906766209

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

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The theatre, both as metaphor and practice, is central to Cixous' writing, yet has rarely been accorded the importance it merits within her oeuvre. The constant concerns of her work are represented and explored in plays which address individual and collective stories of difference, exile, love and writing. This book offers a clear contextualisation of Cixous' theatre alongside detailed analyses of individual plays and argues for a reading of Cixous' theatre as a dramatisation of the writing process.