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

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

Lulu

Author: Frank Wedekind
Publisher: Sovereign via PublishDrive
ISBN: 9781910660379
Release Date: 2015-01-05
Genre: Drama

Complete Lulu plays featuring her entire life from humble existence on the streets of Germany and being rescued by a rich newspaper publisher to her married life, success and spectacular downfall in London. The book includes both Earth Spirit (Erdgeist) and Pandora's Box (Buchse der Pandora) plays.

Working on a New Play

Author: Edward M. Cohen
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 0879101903
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Performing Arts

(Limelight). " The invaluable Working on a New Play ...arrived, to my overwhelming delight and mental profit; I began and finished it in one long, insatiable, and educational night. Everything in it is new, illuminating and informative, lively and clarifying." Cynthia Ozick

The Winslow Boy

Author: Terence Rattigan
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 0822212641
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Drama

THE STORY: What begins as a small incident ultimately grows into a cause celebre nearly shaking the foundations of the government. The incident is simply that of a youngster in an English government school who is expelled for an alleged theft. As

Shakespeare in the Present

Author: Terence Hawkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134505920
Release Date: 2003-09-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare in the Present is a stunning collection of essays by Terence Hawkes, which engage with, explain, and explore 'presentism'. Presentism is a critical manoeuvre which uses relevant aspects of the contemporary as a crucial trigger for its investigations. It deliberately begins with the material present and lets that set the interrogative agenda. This book suggests ways in which its principles may be applied to aspects of Shakespeare's plays. Hawkes concentrates on two main areas in which Presentism impacts on the study of Shakespeare. The first is the concept of 'devolution' in British politics. The second is presentism's commitment to a reversal of conceptual hierarchies such as primary/secondary and past/present, and the interaction between performance and reference. The result is to sophisticate and expand our notion of performing and to refocus interest on what the early modern theatre meant by the activity it termed 'playing'.

Finding Your Voice

Author: Barbara Houseman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0878301674
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Performing Arts

Finding your voice can be used as a resource by actors at all levels, form students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.

Far Away

Author: Caryl Churchill
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854597442
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Social conflict

A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK's leading dramatists. At the opening of the play, a young girl is questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar; by the end, several years later, the whole world is at war - including birds and animals. Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing - and increasingly accepted - levels of inhumanity in a world seemingly perpetually involved in conflict. Far Away is a SET TEXT for AS/A-Level Drama (WJEC)

The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250083081
Release Date: 2015-04-28
Genre: Performing Arts

For the first time, Alan Ayckbourn shares all of his tricks of the playwright's trade. From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing, the book provides a complete primer for the newcomer and a refresher for the more experienced. Written in Ayckbourn's signature style that combines humor, seriousness, and heady air of theatrical sophistication that Noel Coward would envy, The Crafty Art of Playmaking is a must-have for aspiring playwrights and students of drama.

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.

Pentecost

Author: David Edgar
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1854592920
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Drama

The newest play by one of England's leading playwrights.

The Acting Book

Author: John Abbott
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 1848421443
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Performing Arts

A ‘fast-forward’ acting course covering all the essential techniques an actor needs to know and use – with a suite of exercises to put each technique into practice. The Acting Book offers various ways to analyse a text and to create character, using not only the established processes of Stanislavsky and Meisner, but also new ones developed by the author over many years of teaching drama students. It also sets out a wide range of rehearsal techniques and improvisations, and it brims over with inventive practical exercises designed to stimulate the actor’s imagination and build confidence. The book will be invaluable to student actors as an accompaniment to their training, to established actors who wish to refresh their technique, and to drama teachers at every level. ‘Abbott knows what he’s talking about and has a gift for expressing himself in straightforward, clutter-free language’ The Stage on Improvisation in Rehearsal

Consent

Author: Nina Raine
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1848426305
Release Date: 2017-03-30
Genre:

A powerful, painful, funny play that sifts the evidence from every side and puts Justice herself in the dock.

Godchild

Author: Deborah Bruce
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1848423683
Release Date: 2014-09-02
Genre: Drama

"Lou is getting on with her life, carefree and without ties. But this abruptly comes to a halt when her nineteen-year-old god-daughter Minnie moves in to take up a place at university. Minnie's arrival shines a harsh light into the corners of Lou's life -- revealing it to be not as it seems. her relationships are complicated, her neighbours are closing in on her, and the clock is ticking. What does it mean to be a real grown-up? A sharp, dark comedy, Deborah Bruce's Godchild explores the inescapable realities between feeling nineteen and being nineteen."--Page [4] of cover.