How Plays Work

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Author: David Edgar

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854593719

Category: Drama

Page: 220

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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

Death and the Maiden

A Play in Three Acts

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Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848422322

Category:

Page: 64

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A woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re-enter her life. Ariel Dorfman's play premiered at the Royal Court in 1991, and is now recognised as a modern classic. This 20th-anniversary edition was published alongside the play's West End revival in 2011. ‘Beware of turning into the enemy you most fear.' Years have passed since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor: a man whose face she never saw, but whom she can still recall with terrifying clarity. Tonight, by chance, a stranger arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband Gerardo, a human rights lawyer. A stranger Paulina is convinced was her tormentor and must now be held to account...

Actors and Performers Yearbook 2018

Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350030228

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 504

View: 3785

Actors and Performers Yearbook is an established and respected directory that enables actors to find work in stage, screen and radio. It is the only directory to provide detailed information for each listing and specific advice on how to approach companies and individuals, saving hours of further research. From agents and casting directors to producing theatres, showreel companies and photographers, Actors and Performers Yearbook editorially selects only the most relevant and reputable contacts for the actor. Actors and Performers Yearbook features articles and commentaries, providing valuable insight into the profession: auditions, interviews and securing work alongside a casting calendar and advice on contracts and finance. This is an incredibly useful professional tool in an industry where contacts and networking are key to career survival. The listings detailed in this edition have been thoroughly updated alongside fresh advice from industry experts.

Actors and Performers Yearbook 2016

Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio

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Author: Lloyd Trott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474239765

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 1209

Actors and Performers Yearbook is an established and respected directory that enables actors to find work in stage, screen and radio. It is the only directory to provide detailed information for each listing and specific advice on how to approach companies and individuals, saving hours of further research. From agents and casting directors to producing theatres, showreel companies and photographers, Actors and Performers Yearbook editorially selects only the most relevant and reputable contacts for the actor. Actors and Performers Yearbook features articles and commentaries, providing valuable insight into the profession: auditions, interviews and securing work alongside a casting calendar and advice on contracts and finance. This is an incredibly useful professional tool in an industry where contacts and networking are key to career survival. The listings detailed in this edition have been thoroughly updated alongside fresh advice from industry experts.

Volpone

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Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854591944

Category: Drama

Page: 141

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Offers the text of the famous satirical comedy by the English writer.

Text & Presentation, 2011

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Author: Kiki Gounaridou

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786490268

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 134

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Text & Presentation is an annual anthology of essays devoted to all aspects of theatre and performance scholarship. This new volume represents a selection of the best research presented at the 35th international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles. The essays include innovative detective work on Aristophanes’s and Aeschylus’s plays and discussions of topics including Joe Orton’s plays as social protest against the power of psychiatry and the asylum, George Eliot’s controversial description of the burlesque spirit as “fodder for degraded appetites,” and psychological depictions of young women entering into sexual experience in Liz Lochhead’s Dracula, among others.

Five Plays

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Author: Nicholas Wright

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854594730

Category: Drama

Page: 390

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A rich selection of work from the late 1970s and 1980s, introduced by the playwright. The plays contained in this volume are: The Custom of the Country (1983) An updating of Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama. The Desert Air (1985) A wartime comedy set in Cairo. Mrs Klein (1988) A play about the controversial psychoanalyst. One Fine Day (1980) A comedy about the gulf that separates Britain and Africa. Treetops (1978) A play based on the author's own rebellious boyhood in South Africa.

The Secret Life of Plays

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Author: Steve Waters

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848420007

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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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

English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

A Practical Guide for Students

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Author: Sarah Dobbs,Val Jessop,Devon Campbell-Hall,Terry McDonough,Cath Nichols

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783082925

Category: Study Aids

Page: 198

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A practical, easy-to-read guide that aims to help undergraduate students cope with the demands of English and Creative Writing degrees. Written by lecturers and industry professionals with decades of experience in professional writing and higher education, this book also includes hints and tips from previous students.

Contemporary British Drama

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Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 1497

This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

Arthur & George

Roman

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Author: Julian Barnes

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462305387

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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»Dieser Roman zeigt Julian Barnes auf dem Höhepunkt seines Könnens.« P.D. James Zwei Männer, geprägt vom ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert in Großbritannien, begegnen sich in einer entscheidenden und dramatischen Phase ihres Lebens: Arthur Conan Doyle, der Erfinder von Sherlock Holmes, und George Edalji, ein kleiner Provinzanwalt. Julian Barnes schildert sie auf faszinierende Weise vor dem Hintergrund ihrer Zeit. Arthur und George könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein. Der eine, aus niederem schottischen Adel stammend, wird Augenarzt, dann ein erfolgreicher Schriftsteller und einer der berühmtesten Männer seiner Zeit. Der andere, braves Kind eines anglikanischen Dorfpfarrers indischer Herkunft, wird ein kleiner Rechtsanwalt in Birmingham. Beide sind sie zutiefst den Konventionen und Ehrvorstellungen ihrer Epoche verhaftet, Arthur leidet zudem unter einer schwierigen Liebesbeziehung. Ihre Wege kreuzen sich, als Arthur ein einziges Mal in seinem Leben in die Rolle des Sherlock Holmes schlüpft, um George zu helfen, der Opfer eines skandalösen, rassistisch motivierten Justizirrtums geworden ist. Das Verfahren wird wieder aufgerollt. Arthur gelingt es, Georges Ehre zu retten. Arthur & George stand wochenlang auf den Bestsellerlisten in England und den USA sowie auf der Shortlist für den Man Booker Prize 2005.

Wit

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Author: Margaret Edson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854594587

Category: American drama

Page: 56

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A stunning first play about an academic attempting to come to terms with cancer.Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Now an Emmy-award winning feature film starring Emma Thompson Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned specialist in the brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with stage four metatastic ovarian cancer. Her approach to her illness is not unlike her approach to Donne: aggressively probing and intensely rational. But during the course of her illness - and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy programme - she comes to reassess her life and her work with profundity and an unbearably moving wry humour.

A Place at the Table

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Author: Simon Block

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854594884

Category: Drama

Page: 72

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A play about the dog-eat-dog world of television. Adam is a fringe dramatist plucked from obscurity by a script editor striving to make her mark in a small independent TV company. Because Adam happens to be in a wheelchair, Sarah proposes he writes the first ever TV sitcom about disability. He accepts the commission with predictably disastrous results.

The Encounter

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Author: Complicite,Simon McBurney

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848425545

Category:

Page: 96

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A play that traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance.

Arthur & George

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Author: David Edgar

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781848420960

Category: Drama

Page: 131

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Conversations with Pinter

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Author: Harold Pinter,Mel Gussow

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854592064

Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 158

View: 5276

Detailed interviews with the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, conducted over twenty years from 1971-1993 by the Drama Critic of the New York Times. An invaluable insight in Pinter's life and work. 'A vital companion to his work' The Times 'We're unlikely to get a better insight' Sheridan Morley

Cockroach

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Author: Sam Holcroft

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 85

View: 3951

A dark and compelling vision of a world infected by violence. A seemingly normal detention in a seemingly normal modern-day comprehensive school. A teacher valiantly battles on with biology revision. She believes only education will set her pupils free. For outside the classroom, the world is in the middle of a long and bloody war. Despite her best efforts, the tide of conflict is soon lapping at the school gates and, one by one, pupils and teacher are pulled under as their hopes and dreams float away from them. 'Sam Holcroft is uncompromising in her ideas and deeply ambitious for the power of theatre. It's a long time since a young writer has thrilled me this much' - Vicky Featherstone, director of the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Cockroach

My First Play

An Anthology of Theatrical Beginnings

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Author: Nick Hern

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848423398

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 1979

My first play' is a unique collection of pieces by playwrights, actors and theatre directors - all of them regular Nick Hern Books authors - in response to the simplest of briefs: write about your first play. Candid, hilarious, and often sharply revealing, the resulting pieces - many of them written in the hurly-burly of work on a new production - combine to prove the power of theatre to entrance us, and hold us captive in its spell. Included here are remarkable first-person accounts from many of our leading playwrights: Caryl Churchill performing Cinderella to her parents with a cast of dolls and stuffed animals; Howard Brenton pinching his first main character from a boy's comic; Jack Thorne having to become a thief to get his first play on; Conor McPherson still waiting to write his 'first play'. There are also enthralling insights into the first steps in theatre of some of our principal actors and theatre directors.