Being a Playwright

By Chris Foxon and George Turvey

Being a Playwright
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Paperback, 224 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848426917
Format: 216mm x 138mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 20th September 2018
RRP: £12.99
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Category: Writing

The essential playwriting career guide, from the team behind acclaimed new writing theatre company Papatango.

Writing a good play is only a small part of making it as a successful playwright; understanding the business side of building a career is just as crucial. Yet most advice for budding writers focuses only on the craft of playwriting, ignoring the practicalities of the industry – which makes it harder for those without connections or know-how to get their work on stage.

Being a Playwright sets out, transparently and honestly, all the factors besides writing that playwrights need to know about to succeed. It includes advice on:

  • How to get a script noticed
  • Which programming and commissioning opportunities to pursue
  • How to approach agents, companies and collaborators

Drawing on Papatango's decade-long experience of discovering and launching successful new writers – who have gone on to win prizes such as BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal National Theatre Foundation and Alfred Fagon Awards – this straightforward and accessible book discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of life as a playwright.

Whether you're an aspiring writer wondering how to break into the industry, or a working playwright looking to land bigger commissions, this is your insider road map to navigating the world of professional theatre.

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