How Plays Work


Author: David Edgar

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854593719

Category: Drama

Page: 220

View: 3929

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

Actors and Performers Yearbook 2018

Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio


Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350030228

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 504

View: 6932

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.

Text & Presentation, 2011


Author: Kiki Gounaridou

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786490268

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 134

View: 6132

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.

Nick Hern Books

theatre books, plays, screenplays : 2006-2007


Author: Nick Hern Books (London).,Nick Hern Books, Limited

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854595164


Page: N.A

View: 2525


Entdecke dein wahres Potenzial


Author: Larry Moss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783894877484


Page: 400

View: 3891

English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

A Practical Guide for Students


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

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783082925

Category: Study Aids

Page: 198

View: 5967

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


Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 7104

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

Blue Heart


Author: Caryl Churchill

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854593276

Category: English drama

Page: 69

View: 8404

A teasingly entertaining two-part drama from one of the UK's leading playwrights, first performed in a co-production by Out of Joint and the Royal Court. Blue Heart consists of two related short plays in which nothing is what it seems: Heart's Desire. The long-anticipated return of a daughter from Australia by her parents and aunt is rehearsed over and over with different variations and outcomes - some comic, some brutal, some simply astonishing. Blue Kettle. Forty-year-old Derek is a con-man who sets out to convince a series of women that he is the son they gave up for adoption. But something catastrophic is happening which disrupts and destroys the very fabric of their world.

The Secret Life of Plays


Author: Steve Waters

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848420007

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 6270

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

Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making


Author: Sarah Sigal

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137331704

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 9992

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.

Five Plays


Author: Nicholas Wright

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854594730

Category: Drama

Page: 390

View: 1816

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 Encounter


Author: Complicite,Simon McBurney

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848425545


Page: 96

View: 5996

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



Author: Dawn King

Publisher: epubli

ISBN: 3737500533

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

View: 9305

Eine ländliche Gegend irgendwo in England steckt in einer wirtschaftlichen Krise und ist Gegenstand einer rigorosen behördlichen Untersuchung. Das Ehepaar Samuel und Judith Covey, geschockt vom plötzlichen Tod ihres Sohnes und verzweifelt wegen der schlechten Ernte, wird zur Zielscheibe des jungen „Foxfinders“ William Bloor, der sich zum Zwecke seiner Ermittlungen bei ihnen einquartiert. Schuld an allem Elend ist der Fuchs, Todfeind der Menschen. Er kontaminiert die Bauernhöfe, beeinflusst das Wetter, manipuliert den Verstand und tötet unschuldige Kinder – für Bloor gibt es daran keinen Zweifel. Die Besessenheit des ominösen Foxfinders destabilisiert das soziale Dorfgefüge und führt schnell zu Misstrauen bis hin zu gegenseitigem Verrat der befreundeten Höfe. Den unschuldigen Samuel treibt es zunehmend in den Wahnsinn... Dawn King verortet ihr Stück, das sich nicht zuletzt auch mit dem Thema Fundamentalismus auseinandersetzt, parabelhaft in einer fiktiven, archaisch anmutenden Welt. 2011 gewann sie mit "Foxfinder" den Papatango New Writing Competition.

Please kill me

die unzensierte Geschichte des Punk ; [erzählt von Dee Dee und Joey Ramone, Lou Reed, John Cale, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Malcolm McLaren, Willy DeVille, MC5, Television, Iggy Pop und vielen anderen]


Author: Legs McNeil,Gillian McCain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783854453703


Page: 509

View: 4530

Modern British Playwriting: The 1970s

Voices, Documents, New Interpretations


Author: Chris Megson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408129396

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

View: 8722

Essential for students of Theatre Studies, this series of six decadal volumes provides a critical survey and reassessment of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1950s to the present. Each volume equips readers with an understanding of the context from which work emerged, a detailed overview of the range of theatrical activity and a close study of the work of four of the major playwrights by a team of leading scholars. Chris Megson's comprehensive survey of the theatre of the 1970s examines the work of four playwrights who came to promience in the decade and whose work remains undiminished today: Caryl Churchill (by Paola Botham), David Hare (Chris Megson), Howard Brenton (Richard Boon) and David Edgar (Janelle Reinelt). It analyses their work then, its legacy today and provides a fresh assessment of their contribution to British theatre. Interviews with the playwrights, with directors and with actors provides an invaluable collection of documents offering new perspectives on the work. Revisiting the decade from the perspective of the twenty-first century, Chris Megson provides an authoritative and stimulating reassessment of British playwriting in the 1970s.

Pigeon English


Author: Stephen Kelman

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827074347

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

View: 2902

Stephen Kelmans furioser Debütroman beginnt, wo Politik und Medien die Worte versagen. Er erzählt von Menschen, die sich von der Gesellschaft im Stich gelassen fühlen und dies nicht länger hinnehmen wollen. Auch Harry Opoku ist einer von denen im Abseits. Wenn Harry mit seiner Taube spricht, wenn er der Schnellste seiner Klasse ist und immer neue Farben im Haribo-Sortiment entdeckt, dann scheint alles ganz harmlos. Dann wird ein Nachbarsjunge auf offener Straße erstochen, und keinen kümmert's. Harry aber beginnt seine abstrusen Ermittlungen. Eine Geschichte voll unschuldiger Erfahrung, die der rauen Realität alles entgegenhält. »Pigeon English ist ein durch und durch aufklärerisches Buch - ohne zu moralisieren. Es geht einem zu Herzen - ohne sich in Kitsch und Pathos zu verlieren. Es hilft zu verstehen, wo die meisten Debatten kläglich versagen. Nicht zuletzt aber und vor allem ist dies ein wunderbarer Roman.« NZZ

Death and the Maiden

A Play in Three Acts


Author: Ariel Dorfman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848422322


Page: 64

View: 3581

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...

Arthur & George


Author: David Edgar

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781848420960

Category: Drama

Page: 131

View: 3949

Conversations with Pinter


Author: Harold Pinter,Mel Gussow

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854592064

Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 158

View: 2375

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

About Churchill

The Playwright and the Work


Author: Philip Roberts

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama

Page: 304

View: 1080

In About Churchill, Philip Roberts presents not only an analysis of Caryl Churchill's published work, but also an account of eleven of her unpublished pieces, lent by the playwright. Alongside a survey of the plays, the book includes comment from directors, actors, designers, dancers, a choreographer and a composer, and demonstrates her unceasing experimentation and moral courage over more than forty years.