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: 9781137369215

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 536

DOWNLOAD →

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.

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

View: 658

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Writing for Theatre

When I first considered writing a book about writing for theatre, my initial feeling was that, although I write plays, make theatre and teach script writing ...

Author: Kim Wiltshire

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137369208

Category: Drama

Page: 208

View: 142

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Imagined Theatres

Imagined Theatres collects theoretical dramas written by some of the leading scholars and artists of the contemporary stage.

Author: Daniel Sack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351965590

Category: Drama

Page: 292

View: 747

DOWNLOAD →

Imagined Theatres collects theoretical dramas written by some of the leading scholars and artists of the contemporary stage. These dialogues, prose poems, and microfictions describe imaginary performance events that explore what might be possible and impossible in the theatre. Each scenario is mirrored by a brief accompanying reflection, asking what they might mean for our thinking about the theatre. These many possible worlds circle around questions that include: In what way is writing itself a performance? How do we understand the relationship between real performances that engender imaginary reflections and imaginary conceptions that form the basis for real theatrical productions? Are we not always imagining theatres when we read or even when we sit in the theatre, watching whatever event we imagine we are seeing?

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

View: 837

DOWNLOAD →

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 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: Allen Cohen

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1403963959

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 850

DOWNLOAD →

This complete guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through the writing of both songs and libretto, to the ways in which writers can market a finished show and get it produced. This comprehensive book, for the interested theatergoer and writers, new or experienced, is written in a lively and user-friendly style and illustrated with numerous examples, containing a how-to tutorial approach to its subject matter that has never appeared in print. With years of theatrical experience between them, Steven L. Rosenhaus and Allen Cohen have written the best and most comprehensive guide to the Broadway musical.

The Transparency of the Text

Josette Féral & Donia Mounsef Editors' Preface: The Transparency of the Text Part I: Avant and Après Garde Tom Bishop Whatever Happened to the Avant-Garde?

Author: Donia Mounsef

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300118198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

View: 926

DOWNLOAD →

Josette Féral & Donia Mounsef Editors' Preface: The Transparency of the Text Part I: Avant and Après Garde Tom Bishop Whatever Happened to the Avant-Garde? Jean-Pierre Ryngaert Paroles en lambeaux et écritures d'entreparleurs Bernadette Bost Beyond Drama: Total Theater Ariane Eissen Myth in Contemporary French Theater: A Negotiable Legacy Josette Féral Language Crossings: The Unspoken Must Be Said Part II: (Under)writing the Stage David Bradby Michel Vinaver: From Writing to Staging Donia Mounsef The Language of Desire and the Desire for Language in the Theatre of Koltès and Cixous Clare Finburgh Voix/Voie/Vie: The Voice in Contemporary French Theatre Mary Noonan L'Art de l'écrit s'incarnant: The Theatre of Noëlle Renaude Part III: Disputed Textualities Judith Miller Is There A Specifically Francophone African Stage Textuality? Sylvie Chalaye Contemporary Francophone Writings for the Theater from Africa and the West Indies Yves Jubinville Death and Birth of the Author: Toward a New History of Québécois Playwriting Philippa Wehle "Waiting for the Next Big Thing": Why Do American Audiences Have Such Difficulty with Contemporary French Playwrights?

The American Stage

Presents a history of American theater throughout the centuries with writings from prominent figures within the field and famous writers that analyzes the art's genres and its influence over society.

Author: Laurence Senelick

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000068279394

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 867

View: 290

DOWNLOAD →

Presents a history of American theater throughout the centuries with writings from prominent figures within the field and famous writers that analyzes the art's genres and its influence over society.

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: 9781317421122

Category: Reference

Page: 168

View: 888

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Contemporary British Drama

This book provides a critical assessment of dramatic literature since 1995, situating texts, companies and writers in a cultural, political and social context.

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748643240

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 118

DOWNLOAD →

This book provides a critical assessment of dramatic literature since 1995, situating texts, companies and writers in a cultural, political and social context. It examines the shifting role of the playwright, the dominant genres and emerging styles of the past decade and how they are related.Beginning with an examination of how dramatic literature and the writer are placed in the contemporary theatre, the book then provides detailed analyses of the texts, companies and writing processes involved in six different professional contexts: new writing, verbatim theatre, writing and devising, Black and Asian theatre, writing for young people and adaptation and transposition. The chapters cover contemporary practitioners, including Simon Stephens, Gregory Burke, Robin Soans, Alecky Blythe, Kneehigh Theatre, Punchdrunk, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Edward Bond, Filter Theatre and Headlong, and offers detailed case-studies and examples of their work.

Rewriting the Nation

This is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best new British stage plays to emerge in the new millennium.

Author: Aleks Sierz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408145708

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 877

DOWNLOAD →

This is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best new British stage plays to emerge in the new millennium. For students of theatre studies and theatre-goers Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today is a perfect companion to Britain's burgeoning theatre writing scene. It explores the context from which new plays have emerged and charts the way that playwrights have responded to the key concerns of the decade and helped shape our sense of who we are. In recent years British theatre has seen a renaissance in playwriting accompanied by a proliferation of writing awards and new writing groups. The book provides an in-depth exploration of the industry and of the key plays and playwrights. It opens by defining what is meant by 'new writing' and providing a study of the leading theatres, such as the Royal Court, the Traverse, the Bush, the Hampstead and the National theatres, together with the London fringe and the work of touring companies. In the second part, Sierz provides a fascinating survey of the main issues that have characterised new plays in the first decade of the new century, such as foreign policy and war overseas, economic boom and bust, divided communities and questions of identity and race. It considers too how playwrights have re-examined domestic issues of family, of love, of growing up, and the fantasies and nightmares of the mind. Against the backdrop of economic, political and social change under New Labour, Sierz shows how British theatre responded to these changes and in doing so has been and remains deeply involved in the project of rewriting the nation.

Writing in Collaborative Theatre Making

Alex Sierz, Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today (London: Methuen Drama, 2011), p.16. 'Investigations into new theatre writing in England, ...

Author: Sarah Sigal

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137331700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 988

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Women Writing and the Theater in the Early Modern Period

The previous revolutionary period in England had changed the nation enough for women's participation in all areas of society, politics, and religion to become feasible and visible.

Author: Annette Kreis-Schinck

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: UOM:39015051308685

Category: Drama

Page: 273

View: 147

DOWNLOAD →

The previous revolutionary period in England had changed the nation enough for women's participation in all areas of society, politics, and religion to become feasible and visible. This emergent visibility gave them a chance to become actresses after 1661, and sparked their desire to offer contributions to the public stage after 1669."--BOOK JACKET.

Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen

This book, through its clever use of a series of etudes, invites us into the close-to-the-bone world of human experience on its most intimate level. What we smell, taste, hear, see and feel takes center stage here.

Author: Michael Wright

Publisher: Focus

ISBN: 1585107255

Category: Drama

Page: 200

View: 643

DOWNLOAD →

Through a series of systemic explorations across a wide range of scenarios, Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen offers script writers exercises for attending to their own sensory experiences as a means to exploring the sensory experiences--and worlds--of the characters they create.

Writing for the Stage

Drawing on proven methods and professional insights, this book explores the mechanics of playwriting and the skills needed to create a compelling story.

Author: Anthony Clark

Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)

ISBN: 1785009028

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 295

DOWNLOAD →

The theatre is an essential art form that is forever evolving. A well-written play can make us laugh, cry, cringe, or reflect. It can confirm what we already know, or it can introduce us to new worlds. It can relax us, or incite us to action. Writing for the Stage - A Playwright's Handbook is a step-by-step guide to dramatic writing. Drawing on proven methods and professional insights, this book explores the mechanics of playwriting and the skills needed to create a compelling story. It aims to help readers understand the art and craft of writing for the stage and avoid some of the pitfalls. Topics covered include defining a play; starting points; the importance of structure; the first draft and rewrites; placing the work and negotiating rehearsals and, finally, the playwright in a devising context.

Masterclass Writing Plays

Writing Plays is the invaluable and comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to write plays and get them performed.

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 9781473602236

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 418

DOWNLOAD →

Writing Plays is the invaluable and comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to write plays and get them performed. It covers the basics of the theatre, creating and working with characters, writing realistic speech and dialogue, constructing compelling plots and creating a great ending. There are also separate chapters focused on writing for different genres, including pantomimes, musicals, radio and television. And a final section looks at the practicalities of laying out, submitting and staging your play.

Writing in Coffee Shops

Full of practical advice for the aspiring - and practising - playwright, this book is also an important call-to-arms for playwrights everywhere, arguing for its necessity in the context of an increasingly fractured, distracted, disconnected ...

Author: Ryan Craig

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350190870

Category: Reference

Page: 136

View: 131

DOWNLOAD →

What makes someone a playwright? How do their identities and ideas interweave and co-exist? What permanent truths can we discern from examining existing texts? How can we write theatre that encapsulates the contemporary moment? How do we develop an idea from the embryonic impulse to a full and robust piece of theatre? In this fresh, lively and often very funny book, playwright Ryan Craig makes a case for the vitality of playwriting in our contemporary world and offers a way into writing those plays. From the very first moment of the process, as you sit in a coffee shop, staring at your 'laptop yawning open like some big, gormless mouth, the screen a flickering blank', to seeing your play staged and reviewed, the author takes you through the complete journey. Drawing on his own experience of writing for theatres such as the National, Hampstead and Tricycle and Menier Chocolate Factory, TV drama scripts for BBC, ITV and Channel Four, radio plays and adaptation, as well as commercial theatre, the author explores what practical tools the dramatist can use to write plays that build bridges between us. Full of practical advice for the aspiring - and practising - playwright, this book is also an important call-to-arms for playwrights everywhere, arguing for its necessity in the context of an increasingly fractured, distracted, disconnected world.