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Pub Date: 10/29/2019

Pages: 224

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

Imprint: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN 13: 9781559369725

ISBN 10: 1559369728

Price: $18.95 / $24.99 CAN

Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting


By Stephen Jeffreys

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About the Book

For over two decades, Stephen Jeffreys’ remarkable series of workshops—conducted at the Royal Court Theatre, London—attracted writers from all over the world and shaped the ideas of many of today’s leading playwrights and theatre-makers. Now, with this inspiring, highly practical book, you too can learn from these acclaimed Masterclasses.

Playwriting reveals the various invisible frameworks and mechanisms that are at the heart of each and every successful play. Drawing on a huge range of sources, it deconstructs them into their constituent parts, and offers illuminating insights into:

  • Structure: an in-depth exploration of the fundamental elements of drama, enabling you to choose instinctively the most effective structure for your play.
  • Character: advice on how to generate and write credible characters by exploring their three essential dimensions: story, breadth, and depth.
  • How to Write: techniques for writing great dialogue, dynamic scenes, and compelling subtext, including how to improve your writing by approaching it from unfamiliar directions.
  • What to Write: how to adopt different approaches to finding your material and an exploration of the fundamental "Nine Stories," plus how to evaluate the potential of your ideas.

Written by a true master of the craft, this authoritative guide will provide playwrights at every level of experience with a rich array of tools to apply to their own work.

About the Book

An essential guide to the craft of playwriting from the author of The Libertine.