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 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by David Edgar:

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

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