How Plays Work

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854593714
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Drama

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

Volpone

Author: Ben Jonson
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854591940
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Drama

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

Five Plays

Author: Nicholas Wright
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854594737
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Drama

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.

Death and the Maiden

Author: Ariel Dorfman
Publisher:
ISBN: 1848422326
Release Date: 2011-10-13
Genre:

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...

Nick Hern Books

Author: Nick Hern Books (London).
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854595164
Release Date: 2006
Genre:


Actors and Performers Yearbook 2018

Author:
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781350030220
Release Date: 2017-11-16
Genre: Performing Arts

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

Author: Lloyd Trott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474239769
Release Date: 2015-12-03
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

Conversations with Stoppard

Author: Tom Stoppard
Publisher:
ISBN: 185459253X
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Dramatists, English

Brings the reader up close to Tom Stoppard. For more than twenty years the two have been meeting to talk about Stoppard plays and the people and ideas that have helped to shape his career. The transcripts of nine of their conversations are published here, while three additional lengthy interviews, conducted especially for this book, have never before appeared anywhere.

A Place at the Table

Author: Simon Block
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854594885
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Drama

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 Secret Life of Plays

Author: Steve Waters
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1848420005
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts

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

Wit

Author: Margaret Edson
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854594583
Release Date: 2000
Genre: American drama

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.

Text Presentation 2011

Author: Kiki Gounaridou
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786490264
Release Date: 2011-12-01
Genre: Performing Arts

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 Encounter

Author: Complicite
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1848425546
Release Date: 2016-02-11
Genre:

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

My First Play

Author: Nick Hern
Publisher:
ISBN: 184842339X
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Performing Arts

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.