How Plays Work

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Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781854593719Publication Date:
25 Jun 2009
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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?

David Edgar's How Plays Work is a masterclass for playwrights and playmakers and a fascinating guide to the anatomy of drama.

Extra Content: read an edited extract from How Plays Work 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

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781854593719Publication Date:
25 Jun 2009
Size: 218mm x 139mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
EPUB, 240 pages ISBN: 9781780010458Publication Date:
8 Nov 2012
£10.99 £8.80You save £2.19 (20%)

Also by David Edgar:

Pentecost
If Only
A Christmas Carol (RSC stage version)
Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
Trying It On
The Master Builder
The Shape of the Table
Albert Speer
Daughters of the Revolution
Playing With Fire
The Prisoner's Dilemma
A Time to Keep
Arthur & George (stage version)
Written on the Heart
Mothers Against
Testing the Echo
Continental Divide
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (stage version)
Maydays (2018 version)
Edgar: Shorts

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