Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. Making theatre is a truly collaborative process which can be a tricky aspect to grasp when starting out. This book will take you on...Show More
Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. Making theatre is a truly collaborative process which can be a tricky aspect to grasp when starting out. This book will take you on a journey from the origins of theatre to what it means to write for the stage today. It includes a series of interviews with writers, directors and dramaturgs, all of whom are making theatre now, providing an unrivalled glimpse into the world of contemporary theatre making. Kim Wiltshire explores the foundations, traits and skills necessary for playwriting alongside the creative possibilities of writing theatre in the digital age. Each part of the book ends with a series of exercises which students of the craft can use to practise their art and stretch their creativity.Show Less
Develops hands on practical writing skills along with greater critical awareness of creative possibilities
Includes interviews with working playwrights to offer a rounded view of current theatre writing practice
What is writing for theatre?
On A Practical Note
Using This Book
A Collaborative Approach to Writing About Playwriting
PART 1: FOUNDATIONS
1. A Brief History of Theatre for Playwrights Ancient Theatre Medieval Theatre The Renaissance The Seventeenth Century to the Twentieth Century
2. The Cultures of Writing for Theatre – Innovators Innovators of the past Nineteenth Century Innovators Twentieth Century Innovators Who else can new playwrights learn from?
3. Establishing Practice What is theatre for? Why write for theatre?
4. Becoming a Playwright Empathy Ambition/Drive Humility Knowing Your Craft Imagination Knowing the business of theatre
5. Building Blocks Subject and Story Structure Form Voice and Style Building the world Character and Dialogue
6. Foundational Exercises and Key Points Exercise 1 Starting Point Exercise 2 – Character Exercise 3 – Character Exercise 4 – Plotting and Story Exercise 5 – Location Exercise 6 – Economy and exploration of Language Exercise 7 – Performing Work Exercise 8 – Plotting
Conclusion to Part 1
PART 2: SPECULATIONS
7. Exploring Possibilities Types of theatre Theatre in the digital age
8. Cultures of Writing for Theatre – Innovators Bringing Theatre to a new audience Who can new playwrights learn from?
9. Exploring Practice: Making Theatre in the 21st Century Changing practice New Forms of Theatre Ethnographic, Verbatim and Participant Led Theatre Dramaturgs and Dramaturgy
10. New Voices, New Forms Collaboration Collaborative Writing Theatre Making Collaboration with other artists Collaboration with other art forms
11. Speculative Exercises and Key Points Exercise 1 – Pitching Exercise 2 – Awareness Exercise 3 – Sensory Exercise 4 – Objects Exercise 5 – Unblocking Exercise 6 – Improvise/Devise Exercise 7 – Art forms Exercise 8 – Patience Exercise 9 – Secrets and Lies Where to go next?
A Final Word of Advice on Social Media
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Inside Creative Writing Graeme Harper
- Creative Screenwriting John Howard, Christina Kallas
- Research Methods in Creative Writing Jeri Kroll, Graeme Harper
- Writing a First Novel Karen Stevens
- Writing for the Screen Craig Batty, Zara Waldeback
- Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction Catherine Brady
- The Creative Writing Workbook John Singleton
- The Creative Writing Handbook John Singleton, Mary Luckhurst
- Creative Writing and Stylistics Jeremy Scott
- The Road to Somewhere Robert Graham, Helen Newall, Heather Leach
- Inside The Writers' Room Christina Kallas
- Writing for Theatre Kim Wiltshire