How Plays Work
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781854593719Publication Date:
25 Jun 2009
Size: 218mm x 139mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 240 pages ISBN: 9781780010458Publication Date:
8 Nov 2012
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How Plays Work

By David Edgar

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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.

Read an edited extract published in The Guardian.

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'Fascinating... read it. You will learn a lot'

The Stage

'Ludic, deeply intelligent... combines theoretical acumen with the assured know-how of a working dramatist'

Terry Eagleton, TLS
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781854593719Publication Date:
25 Jun 2009
Size: 218mm x 139mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 240 pages ISBN: 9781780010458Publication Date:
8 Nov 2012
£10.99 £7.14You save £3.85 (35%)

Also by David Edgar:

Written on the Heart
If Only
Mothers Against
Pentecost
Daughters of the Revolution
Arthur & George (stage version)
Albert Speer
The Master Builder
Edgar: Shorts
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (stage version)
Playing With Fire
The Prisoner's Dilemma
The Shape of the Table
Continental Divide
A Time to Keep
Testing the Echo

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