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

Actors and Performers Yearbook 2015

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472571959

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 520

View: 651

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. Formerly known as Actors' Yearbook, 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: 5469

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 2018

Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350030198

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 504

View: 8715

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

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Author: Kiki Gounaridou

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786490268

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 134

View: 8599

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.

The Secret Life of Plays

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Author: Steve Waters

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848420007

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 5965

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

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The Shakespeare Folios

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Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854596215

Category: Drama

Page: 222

View: 706

"A quite wonderful ideaSo blindingly obvious, I can't understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself."-- Sir Peter Hall

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 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.

Girl in the Machine

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Author: Stef Smith

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848426689

Category: Drama

Page: 80

View: 9335

"Do you want to live forever? YES or NO." Polly and Owen have nailed it. Successful in their careers and wildly in love with each other, they feel ready to take on the world. But when a mysterious new technology, promising a break from the daily grind, creeps into everyone's phones, their world is turned upside down. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same.