How to Write About Theatre

How to Write About Theatre

This inspirational book shows you the way to do it. Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune

Author: Mark Fisher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472520555

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

View: 138

What do you do if you find yourself weeping in the stalls? How should you react to Jude Law's trousers or David Tennant's hair? Are you prepared to receive toilet paper in the post? What if the show you just damned turns out to be a classic? If you gave it a five-star rave will anyone believe you? Drawing on his long years of experience as a national newspaper critic, Mark Fisher answers such questions with candour, wit and insight. Learning lessons from history's leading critics and taking examples from around the world, he gives practical advice about how to celebrate, analyse and discuss this most ephemeral of art forms - and how to make your writing come alive as you do so. Today, more people than ever are writing about theatre, but whether you're blogging, tweeting or writing an academic essay, your challenges as a critic remain the same: how to capture a performance in words, how to express your opinions and how to keep the reader entertained. This inspirational book shows you the way to do it. Foreword by Chris Jones, Chief theater critic, Chicago Tribune
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

How to Write about Theatre and Drama

How to Write about Theatre and Drama

Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

Author: Suzanne Hudson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: PSU:000047248915

Category: Dramatic criticism.

Page: 272

View: 959

Combining basic composition and critical inquiry into the discipline of theatre, HOW TO WRITE ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA meets the fundamental needs of beginning theatre students to learn the unique and varied forms of theatre and drama in their role in our cultural heritage. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.
Categories: Dramatic criticism.

Writing about Theatre and Drama

Writing about Theatre and Drama

Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

Author: Suzanne Hudson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: IND:30000103005983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

View: 139

Combining basic composition and critical inquiry into the discipline of theatre, WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA meets the fundamental needs of beginning theatre students to learn the unique and varied forms of theatre and drama in their role in our cultural heritage. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.
Categories: Performing Arts

Theatre for Children

Theatre for Children

A guide to producing, directing, and writing plays for children, with tips on catching and holding a child's attention

Author: David Wood

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566632324

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 525

A guide to producing, directing, and writing plays for children, with tips on catching and holding a child's attention
Categories: Performing Arts

Writing about Theatre

Writing about Theatre

This book provides critical analysis of play texts, as well as performance reviews, theater history research, and other examples that enliven understanding and promote versatility.

Author: Christopher J. Thaiss

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 0205280005

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 121

View: 214

In Hamlet, when the melancholy prince kills Polonius, the dramatic tension is enhanced by the audience's knowledge that Polonius lurks behind the curtain, and that Hamlet will mistake him for his detested stepfather. Though this tension is understood and appreciated by readers of the play, its dynamics of raw intensity are perhaps best understood by the interplay between performers and audience members. By addressing both enthusiasts of theater and enthusiasts of dramatic literature, Thaiss and Davis demonstrate how one's understanding of drama is enriched by critical attention to both performance and text. It specifically addresses the writing needs of a novice playwright, not in conjunction with "writing about literature," but about the play as subject in its own right. This book provides critical analysis of play texts, as well as performance reviews, theater history research, and other examples that enliven understanding and promote versatility. In its sequence of chapters, it addresses projects of increasing sophistication, from performance reviews and play analyses to theater history research and dramatic theory papers. As a general guide to good writing, this book also promotes learning and critical/creative thought. Introductory chapters cover the principles of good writing and offer strategies to help readers overcome writer's block, organize effectively and avoid common usage and style pitfalls. Anyone interested in drama and/or literature.
Categories: Performing Arts

Read and Write Sports Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3 8

Read and Write Sports  Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3 8

Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8 Anastasia Suen. Warm-Up
Hand out copies of the completed Baseball Scene Mind Map GO Chart. Point out
that the name of the sport is written in the center of the chart. The other words ...

Author: Anastasia Suen

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598846324

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 189

View: 301

This book allows students to bring the energy of their everyday lives into the classroom via sports-based readers theatre and writing activities. • Presents ten original readers theater scripts about sports for children in elementary and middle school • Provides a sample "GO Chart" with each writing exercise so students have an example to follow • Includes a word search and a crossword puzzle with each of the ten sports, providing valuable spelling and vocabulary activities • Contains appendixes with helpful charts and black line masters for instructors
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Practical Guide to Working in Theatre

A Practical Guide to Working in Theatre

I started writing plays when I was about seventeen, eighteen, and then I realised I
didn't know anything practically about theatre. I've always resisted very strongly
the idea that the writer should be some sort of amateur in the theatre. I think it's a
 ...

Author: Gill Foreman

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408142202

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

View: 320

Live theatre is an exciting, challenging profession - but how is professional theatre actually made? What are the roles and what does each person do? Which pathways lead into the profession? What skills are necessary to each role and how does the job differ according to the size of theatre or company? Written by the Acting Head of the Young People's Programme at the Royal Shakespeare Co. and former Director of Education at the Bristol Old Vic, this is a book for new entrants in the theatre industry needing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how theatre is made. It covers each role including director, designer, sound and lighting, front of house, playwright and many more. Each chapter looks in detail at what each role entails, the main people who it involves working alongside and the skills required. Interviews with a number of key practitioners for each role provide authoritative and clear advice and insight for the reader. The book features interviews with all of the following and many more besides: Nick Hytner (National Theatre), Simon Reade (Bristol Old Vic), Mike Shepperd (founder and performer, Kneehigh), Emma Rice (Artistic Director, Kneehigh), Rachel Kavanaugh (Birmingham Rep), Tim Crouch (Writer/Director/Performer), Anne Tipton (Director), Stephen Jeffries (Playwright), David Edgar (Playwright) and Jack Bradley (Literary Manager).
Categories: Performing Arts

The Collaborative Playwright

The Collaborative Playwright

The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and ...

Author: Bruce Graham

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: IND:30000116863998

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

View: 554

The interaction between the ideas of the playwright and the know-how of the dramaturg is vital to the success of any production. But not every writer is accustomed to thinking like a dramaturg. The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and writing in new ways. The Collaborative Playwright gives you professional advice on how to get started with a play, how to structure it to be performed, and how to work with a dramaturg to turn it into a staged production. Graham and Volansky's fun, smart conversation offers step-by-step advice on each of the components of the craft - exposition, rhythms, characterization, structure, and story generation - all illustrated with clear examples from Graham's own plays. But unlike other books that advise playwrights, The Collaborative Playwright is written from two points of view: the playwright's and the dramaturg's. It's both friendly and packed with indispensable nuggets of information, including interviews with more than thirty current theatre artists whose collective advice articulates some of the more practical aspects of working in the theatre - knowledge that playwrights need as they write. Want to write plays that work as well on stage as they do in your head? Read The Collaborative Playwright, listen in as two theatre veterans discuss the crucial characteristics of good writing, and find out why, if you're writing for the theatre, it pays to listen to your dramaturg.
Categories: Performing Arts

So You Want to be a Playwright

So You Want to be a Playwright

A manual for would-be playwrights--how to develop your play from conception to opening night.

Author: Tim Fountain

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854597168

Category: Drama

Page: 132

View: 240

Categories: Drama

Writing Your First Play

Writing Your First Play

The second edition of Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form.

Author: Roger A. Hall

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 024080290X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 159

View: 990

The second edition of Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based on many years of teaching experience, this book breaks the action, dialogue, characters and conflict into separate exercises that lead naturally from one to another and become increasingly more sophisticated. Before the reader has realized it, simple ideas have taken on the shape of a play. Topics include understanding the role action plays in drama; developing action and conflict to reveal character; writing powerful and persuasive dialogue; writing from personal experience, and how it can be both enriching and dangerous; and knowing where to start the story and what details help to develop the storyline.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

he writing of history always involves decisions about what to include and what to
exclude. In considering how to write national theatre histories, it is useful to
examine the process of selection and assess the impact of such decisions on
past ...

Author: S.E. Wilmer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587295218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

View: 588

Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.
Categories: Performing Arts

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre

-ALFRED HITCHCOCK WHY WRITE ABOUT THEATRE ? Theatre is all around
us , describing most of our daily lives as we play diverse roles as teachers and
students , parents and children , librarians and grocery clerks . On the first day of
a ...

Author: Marcia L. Ferguson

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: PSU:000067218363

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

View: 429

A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre is a succinct introduction to the skills required to write knowledgeably and critically about the theatre. Intended to illuminate the importance of theatre and performance in daily life, A Short Guide to Writing about Theatre engages students with dramatic material as they learn the practical elements of review, analysis, criticism, and research.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre

The presence of these voices signals not only an attempt to understand how to
write about performance that is still in process, but also evidences an attempt to
create a way of writing about theatre, about audience, and about history that can
 ...

Author: P.A. Skantze

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134447268

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 983

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre provides a comprehensive examination of this aesthetic theory. The author investigates this aesthetic history as a form of artistic creation, philosophical investigation, a way of representing and manipulating ideas about gender and a way of acknowledging, reinforcing and making a critique of social values for the still and moving, the permanent and elapsing. The book's analysis covers the entire seventeenth-century with chapters on the work of Ben Jonson, John Milton, the pamphletheatre, Aphra Behn, John Vanbrugh and Jeremy Collier and will be of interest to scholars in the areas of literary and performance studies.
Categories: History

New Theatre Quarterly 35 Volume 9 Part 3

New Theatre Quarterly 35  Volume 9  Part 3

After working with visual artists and sculptors , and performing her poetry in pubs
and galleries and on the cabaret circuit , she was commissioned by the Women '
s Theatre Group to write Pax . This was followed by Clam , three more plays for ...

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052144814X

Category: Drama

Page: 104

View: 751

Provides an international forum for the discussion of topics of current interest in theatre studies. This issue includes articles on women and theatre in Spain; Sarah Bernhardt in Vaudeville; Giorgio Strehler's 'Faust' project; Deborah Levy in interview; and social space in ancient theatre.
Categories: Drama

Theatre

Theatre

Build yourself a theatre, a stage, light it, learn about it. When you've done that you
will probably know how to write a play. —EUGENE O'NEILL (1888—1953) N A
DRAW POKER GAIVI E with no wild cards, the odds against being dealt a full ...

Author: Stephen Archer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442200203

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 244

Theatre: Its Art and Craft is an introductory theatre text focusing on theatre practitioners and their processes. Using an accessible tone and a focused exploration of how theatre artists work, the book covers playwrights, directors, actors, designers of sets, costumes, props, lights, sound, and new technology, as well as the varying roles of scholars, critics, and dramaturgs. Appropriate for beginning theatre majors, minors, or non-majors, Theatre: Its Art and Craft helps students understand how theatre happens, who makes it, and what they do. Updated with new statistics, references, and photographs, the sixth edition now features an overhauled design section: the authors have divided the design chapter into two parts: one focused on the tactile elements of design (sets, costumes, props) and the second on the temporal elements (lights, sound, and new technologies).
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary European Theatre Directors

Contemporary European Theatre Directors

Where process becomes performance Paul Allain Directing is not just about
making shows and so we academics need to keep exploring how to write about
theatre as a process as much as an event. Rehearsals may be the new frontier
for ...

Author: Maria M. Delgado

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135164669

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 990

'An invaluable book that we shall all be using for a long time to come' - Michael Billington Contemporary European Theatre Directors is an ambitious and unprecedented overview of many of the key directors working in European theatre over the past fifty years. It is a vivid account of the vast range of work undertaken in European theatre during this period, situated lucidly in its artistic, cultural and political context. The resulting study is a detailed guide to the generation of directors whose careers were forged and tempered in the changing Europe of the 1980s and 1990s. The featured directors are: Calixto Bieito, Piotr Borowski, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Patrice Chéreau, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Kristian Frédric, Rodrigo García, Jan Lauwers, Christoph Marthaler, Simon McBurney, Daniel Mesguich, Katie Mitchell, Ariane Mnouchkine, Thomas Ostermeier, Patrice Pavis, Silviu Purcărete and Peter Sellars. Travelling from London and Craiova to St. Petersburg and Madrid, the book examines directors working with classics, new writing, and new collaborative theatre forms. Each chapter is written by a specialist in European theatre and provides a detail critique of production styles. The directors themselves provide contributions and interviews to this multi-authored work, which unites the many and varied voices of European theatre in one coherent volume.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Theatre Organ Murders

The Theatre Organ Murders

Personally I had only a slight interest in theatre organs when my Father told me
years ago how enjoyable it had been ... and the other buildings in the center, I
wanted to write about the Robert-Morton theatre organ that was in the theatre.

Author: Jeanette Howeth Crumpler

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465324924

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

View: 408

Travel back in time to the early days of vaudeville, nickelodeons, movies, theatre organs and stars. Theatre Row on Dallas Elm Street is bustling and alive with beautiful theatres, crowds of enthusiastic patrons and movies, movies and more movies. But there is something murderously mysterious going on at the fabulous Rivertree Theatre. A cast of villains and other characters fill the pages of this intriguing saga, along with more startling stories of the many theatres that were along the fabulous Elm Street Theatre Row and the theatre organs that were in them. Shocking events and incredible performances await the reader on this journey through seven decades of Dallas entertainment history. Brilliant imagery fills each chapter. Extra features include a history of the theatre organ, an updated list of the theatre organs that were in Dallas, and a detailed list of all of the theatres that were along Elm Streets Theatre Row during 70 years of Dallas entertainment history. Special treats are the complete specifications and history of the famous Palace Publix Theatre Organ, its final resting place and many other exciting details of those unforgettable times and places.
Categories: Fiction

The Theatre

The Theatre

and pages which I hope to write on theatrical matters between now and when I ! I
have seen your Booth two or three times hear an editorial voice cry , " Write no
more ! " since I came up to town . Booth ' s style is peis what I don ' t know about ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433081662862

Category: Theater

Page:

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Categories: Theater

Playwriting

Playwriting

This essential guide to the craft of playwriting, from the author of The Libertine, reveals the various invisible frameworks and mechanisms that are at the heart of each and every successful play.

Author: Stephen Jeffreys

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559369728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 391

This essential guide to the craft of playwriting, from the author of The Libertine, reveals the various invisible frameworks and mechanisms that are at the heart of each and every successful play.
Categories: Performing Arts

Theatre Games

Theatre Games

In writing the book I have found it necessary in the early chapters to set down
certain scientific facts and theories which ... I had no pretensions to act, direct, or
do any other work in the theatre, but I had to earn a living whilst I learned to write,
 ...

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408125199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

View: 301

A practical guide to using theatre games for actor training which includes a DVD with original footage of the author putting the techniques into action.
Categories: Performing Arts