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How Plays Work

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854593714
Genre : Drama
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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
Category: Drama

How Plays Work

Author : Martin Meisel
ISBN : UCSC:32106018838141
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Meisel begins with a look at matters often taken for granted in coding and convention, and then - under 'Beginnings' - at what is entailed in establishing and entering the invented world of the play. Each succeeding chapter is a gesture at enlarging the scope. The final chapters explore ways in which both the drive for significant understanding and the appetite for wonder can and do find satisfaction and delight." "Cultivated in tone and jargon-free, How Plays Work is illuminated by dozens of judiciously chosen examples from western drama - from classical Greek dramatists to contemporary playwrights, both canonical and relatively obscure. It will appeal as much to the serious student of the theatre as to the playgoer who likes to read a play before seeing it performed."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Literary Criticism

How Plays Work

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : OCLC:487502082
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The Shape Of The Table

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854590790
Genre : Drama
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1989. An Eastern Bloc government on the brink of collapse. As the old regime retreats, former political prisoners join banned writers around the negotiating table... The Shape of the Table 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. The Shape of the Table was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in 1990.
Category: Drama

Pentecost

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854592920
Genre : Drama
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The newest play by one of England's leading playwrights.
Category: Drama

Albert Speer

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854594850
Genre : Drama
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A mighty new play about the Nazi High Command based on Gitta Sereny's book.
Category: Drama

Playing With Fire

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854598805
Genre : Drama
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Length: 2 acts.
Category: Drama

Maydays And Trying It On

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1848427328
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Two plays by David Edgar, written thirty-five years apart, both exploring the theme of youth and revolution. Maydays tells the story of the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. It is told through a number of interlocking stories, across three continents and twenty-five years of tumultuous history. First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, London, in 1983, Maydays was revived in this new version, also by the RSC, in 2018. Trying It On is an autobiographical monologue, written to be performed by Edgar, in which the author at seventy confronts the ideals of his twenty-something self. Does he still share the beliefs which once defined him as a person and as an artist? If not, is it he that has changed, or the world itself? Presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate, Trying It On toured the UK in 2018, including performances at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Midlands Arts Centre and at the Royal Court Theatre, London - as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside the revival of Maydays.
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Edgar Shorts

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854590510
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A collection of shorter plays from stage and television by one of the UK's foremost political playwrights. Included are: Blood Sports, five hilarious sketches on sporting subjects Ball Boys, an unlikely match between Marx and tennis Baby Love, a powerful and moving account of a baby-snatcher The National Theatre, 'Three Sisters' in a strip club The Midas Connection, an ironic look at gold dealing Especially suitable for performances by groups with limited time and/or resources, all the pieces engage - however wryly - with important issues. The whole collection sheds fascinating new light on Edgar the dramatist.
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Continental Divide

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854597787
Genre : Drama
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"Mothers against" and "Daughters of the revolution" are a two-play cycle jointly titled "Continental divide."
Category: Drama

Testing The Echo

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : UCSC:32106019290573
Genre : Drama
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A provocative, satirical look at the overwhelming difficulty of defining what it is to be British.
Category: Drama

The Master Builder

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1848421060
Genre : Drama
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A new adaptation by one of the UK’s leading playwrights of one of the great founding works of modern drama.
Category: Drama

Mis Directing The Play

Author : Terry McCabe
ISBN : 9781461699415
Genre : Performing Arts
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Terry McCabe, himself an accomplished stage director and teacher of theatre arts, here attacks what he calls the growing decadence that plagues contemporary stage directing. He argues for a radical reorganization of the director's view of his role. It has become an article of faith in the theatre, Mr. McCabe observes, that a play is about what the director chooses to have it be about. But what right does a director have to treat a play as a found object, to be reshaped to express the director's concerns? None whatsoever, Mr. McCabe replies. He examines anecdotally a range of work by different directors by way of offering a substantial critique of today's leading theory of stage directing, and he offers an alternate approach. He challenges the notion that a play is the director's vehicle for self-expression, arguing that the idea of the director as centerpiece of the theatre tends to distort plays and oppress actors. He explores what it means to direct a play when directing is properly understood as a process of self-effacement. Mis-directing the Play examines the role of the director as collaborator with actors, designers, dramaturges, and playwrights. Throughout, the book's focus is on shedding the counterproductive myth of the director as creative auteur and urging in its place a return to first principles: the idea of the director as the interpretive artist in charge of putting the playwright's play onstage.
Category: Performing Arts

A Time To Keep

Author : Stephanie Dale
ISBN : UOM:39015074228209
Genre : Drama
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A large-scale play from our leading political playwright--a historical romp crossing Austen with Dickens.
Category: Drama

A Christmas Carol

Author : Charles Dickens
ISBN : 1848426674
Genre : England
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A festive tale of redemption and compassion.
Category: England

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1854592971
Genre : Drama
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Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror story, this dramatic adaptation shows the transformation of the mild-mannered Dr Jekyll into the fiendish Mr Hyde. When Jekyll discovers a drug that can transform him, he becomes able to unleash the dark side of his nature onto the streets of Victorian London. But he soon discovers the price of his double life. What are the themes? The struggle between good and evil, the conscious and unconscious, family relationships, Victorian society and morality. Teaching points With one actor taking the roles of both Jekyll and Hyde, the play allows pupils to more easily understand that these characters are 'one' person. The play is suitable for use either at Key Stage 3, or to support the study of the novel at Key Stage 4.
Category: Drama

Written On The Heart

Author : David Edgar
ISBN : 1848422733
Genre : Drama
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An enthralling historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark its four-hundredth anniversary. Written on the Heart is the dramatic story of the translation of God's Word into English. For one man, this endeavour leads to death at the stake. For another, it could mean an archbishop's mitre. After almost a century of unrest, the King James Bible was intended to end the violent upheavals of the English Reformation. But deep-seated discord forces a leading translator to confront the betrayal of his youthful religious ideals, for the sake of social peace.
Category: Drama

Playwriting Seminars 2 0

Author : Richard Toscan
ISBN : 9780615608211
Genre : Performing Arts
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Playwriting Seminars is "a treasure-trove of information, philosophy, and inspiration" (Theatre Journal), "an absolutely essential guide to all aspects of playwriting and a valuable whitewater raft trip down the rapids of Hollywood screenwriting" (Magellan), and "a terrific learning environment for writers" (WebCrawler Select). It was also a recommended resource for playwrights at New Dramatists (NYC). The Handbook's initial concepts came from the author's work with Lucasfilm and the BBC. It was originally developed for playwrights and screenwriters, but has since been used by writers of fiction and nonfiction books. This new edition covers all aspects of writing full-length plays with an expanded treatment of screenwriting for Hollywood and independent film as well as diagrams of key elements of dramatic structure. Playwriting techniques are explained with many examples from classic and contemporary plays performed today by America's regional theatres as well as on Broadway and Off-Broadway. The 392 page Handbook explains the interconnections between characters and plot and the importance of subtext to character development in the contemporary theatre (what characters don't tell us matters as much as what they say in dialogue). Key exercises are included for developing "voice" as a writer and for creating the essential dual plot structure that supports intriguing characters in today's theatre. Many professionals in theatre and film are quoted on key parts of the art and craft of playwriting and screenwriting to help explain effective techniques. Special sections of the Handbook focus on getting inspiration and avoiding writer's block, editing first drafts, professional script formats for theatre and film (including software), how to launch new scripts, putting together submission packages for theatres and competitions, how to write an effective script synopsis and writer's bio, working with directors, actors and agents, how to survive audience "talkbacks" following readings and workshop productions, methods to adjust your playwriting skills for screenwriting and television work, and options for making a living at the craft of dramatic writing.
Category: Performing Arts