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The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Alan Ayckbourn

In The Crafty Art of Playmaking, Alan Ayckbourn shares all his tricks of the trade for the first time, from helpful hints on writing to tips on directing – with anecdotes galore to illustrate the how, when, where and why.

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ISBN
9780571318636
Date Published
17.07.2014
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Summary

With over sixty plays written and premièred at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough before going on to play in the West End or the Royal National Theatre, London, or Broadway, Alan Ayckbourn’s expertise in writing and directing plays is unsurpassed.

For the first time, here in The Crafty Art of Playmaking, he shares all his tricks of the trade. From helpful hints on writing (Where do you start? How do you continue? What is comedy and how do you write it? What is tragedy and how does it work?), to tips on directing (working with actors and technicians, when to listen to the other experts, how to cope with rehearsals), the book provides a complete primer for the tyro and a refresher for the more experienced. Written in an accessible and highly entertaining style, with anecdotes galore to illustrate the how, when, where and why, it’s worth the cover price for the jokes alone.

‘A marvellously useful and enjoyably good-humoured book’ Daily Telegraph

AlanAyckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939 to a violinist father and a mother who was a writer. He left school at seventeen with two ‘A’ levels and went straight into the theatre. Two years in regional theatre as an actor and stage manager led in 1959 to the writing of his first play, The Square Cat, for Scarborough’s…

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