The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250083087

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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For the first time, Alan Ayckbourn shares all of his tricks of the playwright's trade. From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing, the book provides a complete primer for the newcomer and a refresher for the more experienced. Written in Ayckbourn's signature style that combines humor, seriousness, and heady air of theatrical sophistication that Noel Coward would envy, The Crafty Art of Playmaking is a must-have for aspiring playwrights and students of drama.
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The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318630

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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With over sixty plays written and premired 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
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The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade

ISBN: 9780230614888

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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In this seminal guide to playmaking, renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn shares his tricks of the trade. From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing, this book provides a complete primer for the newcomer and a refresher for those with more experience. Written in Ayckbourn's signature style that combines humor, seriousness, and a heady air of sophistication, The Crafty Art of Playwmaking is a must-have for aspiring playwrights, students of drama, and anyone who has ever laughed their way through one of Ayckbourn's plays.
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Communicating Doors

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318274

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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How Ms Poopay Dayseer, a twenty-first century Specialist Sexual Consultant, whilst peddling her 'services' to an elderly hotel room client unexpectedly finds herself running for her life. How her flight through a communicating door brings her face to face with her own past and with Ruella who apparently died under suspicious circumstances twenty years earlier. And how Poopay's gradual friendship with that remarkable woman changes the future for both of them... A time-travelling comedy thriller, Communicating Doors was published to coincide with the West End opening in 1995.
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So You Want to be a Playwright?

How to Write a Play and Get it Produced

Author: Tim Fountain

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 1854597167

Category: Drama

Page: 132

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Woman in Mind

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571318223

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 320

The central character of Alan Ayckbourn's new play is Susan, a parson's wife, 'one of the most moving and devastating that he has created...' Robin Thornber reviewing the first production in Scarborough in the Guardian.
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Taking Steps

A Farce

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573692840

Category:

Page: 141

View: 5810

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Comic Potential

A Play

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571197873

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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A sci-fi comedy thriller, Comic Potential is a play set in the foreseeable future, when everything has changed--except human nature Comic Potential is set in a television studio in the near future, where the director--an alcoholic has-been--and two assistants are making a daytime soap opera of the usual appalling sort. However, the difference here is that they are using actoids--robots programmed to act--and there are no scriptwriters. Into this situation comes the idealistic Adam, the nephew of the millionaire station owner, who wants to write comedy of the quality that Chaplin and Keaton once embodied. But when Adam falls in love with Jaycee Triplethree (JC333), one of the actoids on the show, everything is turned upside down as she grows more human and the line between actoid and human diminishes. When in anguish Jaycee finally cries that she can't say anything she hasn't been programmed to say, Adam points out that no one ever says anything original anyway.
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If I Were You

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Samuel French Trade

ISBN: 9780573601811

Category: Drama

Page: 90

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Characters: 3 male, 2 female Composite set: part of a bedroom, sitting-room, eating-area in kitchen The Rodales seem like an ordinary family, but beneath the surface things are beginning to crack. Jill and Mal have lost the spark in their marriage, their son Sam resents his father and their daughter Chrissie has recently become a mum and is dealing with marriage issues of her own. And while they all share advice on how others should live their lives, nobody is really taking it on board - until Mal and Jill see things from a dramatically different perspective, that is. Waking up one morning and finding they have switched personas, Mal in Jill's body and Jill in Mal's, they must continue life as normal as their other half. Jill faces the challenges of working with their son-in-law, Dean, as the Store Manager of a homewares shop, while Mal has suddenly becomes a housewife, learning more about his children - and finding out the secrets they already know about him! Will seeing things from the other side make matters even worse, or is this just what they need in order to save their family?
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Mime Spoken Here

The Performer's Portable Workshop

Author: Tony Montanaro

Publisher: Tony & Karen Montanaro

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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To Tony Montanaro, mime is "eloquent gesture", with or without words, with or without props. For 40 years, Tony has been a celebrated mime, at the top of his field, but his approach in this book is more than a lesson in theatre -- it's a lesson in communication. Actors, musicians, and performers of all types will benefit from Tony's techniques and insight.
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Three Plays - Absurd Person Singular, Absent Friends, Bedroom Farce

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448129605

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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'What is remarkable about Alan Ayckbourn's comedy is that it contrives to be simultaneously hilarious and harrowing. Literally, it is agonisingly funny' Daily Telegraph In Three Plays Ayckbourn's perfectly pitched dialogue slices into the soul of suburbia. The settings are simple - a kitchen, a bedroom, a party - but the relationships between the husbands and wives are more complicated. Fraught relationships are exposed with humour, bathos and a sharp understanding of human nature.
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The Art and Craft of Playwriting

Author: Jeffery Hatcher

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 9781884910463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Jeffrey Hatcher knows the nuts and bolts of writing for the theater. Here, he shares his views on it all--from building tension and plotting a scene, right down to moving a character from one side of the stage to the other. From crafting an intriguing beginning to delivering a satisfying ending. In Hatcher's one-on-one discussions with acclaimed American playwrights Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera, you'll find a wealth of practical advice, tricks of the trade and insight that will help you in your own creative efforts.
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The Methuen Amateur Theatre Handbook

Author: Keith Arrowsmith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 140811819X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Long overdue, The Methuen Amateur Theatre Handbook is the essential handbook for anyone involved in amateur dramatics. Keith Arrowsmith guides the reader through the potential pitfalls of putting on a production, from preliminary planning and choosing a play, through stage management, to first night. There are sections on staging a show, group organisation and special performances, covering legal rights and obligations, health and safety, budgeting, copyright law, choosing a venue, stage management and front-of-house, plus a comprehensive reference section. Using personal anecdotes, checklists and clear guidelines, this is a comprehensive and accessible handbook for all aspects of amateur production.
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Playwriting

The Structure of Action

Author: Sam Smiley,Norman A. Bert

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300128505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 337

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The incidence of melanoma has increased by 2000% since 1930, and one person dies each hour from the disease. This cutting-edge guide provides scientifically accurate information patients and their families need in order to understand melanoma and its treatment and to receive vital reassurance. It is also a resource for those who want information about preventing skin cancer or finding it early when it is most curable. Catherine M. Poole, a melanoma survivor and melanoma patient advocate for many national organizations, and Dr. DuPont Guerry, an internationally renowned melanoma expert, have collaborated to provide current, correct, and easily understood information on the disease. The authors have had first hand contact with a multitude of patients with melanoma, and they understand exactly how to empower patients to gain control of their situations and obtain the best treatment.
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Playwriting

A Practical Guide

Author: Noël Greig

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415310437

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

View: 9585

This book provides a practical guide for all those who are involved in the creation of text for live performance. Containing a wealth of exercises, the text takes the reader through each stage of the process of making a play.
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A Small Family Business

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571315712

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Well, that's one down, isn't it. Nine to go. Next! Thou shalt not kill. What about that then? Let's have a crack at that one next, shall we? Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, premiered at the National Theatre in 1987 and returned there in April 2014.
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Family Circles

A Comedy

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Samuel French

ISBN: N.A

Category: Families

Page: 81

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We all marry the wrong people announces Edward Gray, looking at his three daughters and their unsuitable partners. But when his daughters change partners and then again - every combination is played out. The outcome being that none of them works any better than any of the others.
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Time of My Life

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780573019074

Category:

Page: 104

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Time of My Life charts the decline and fall of a successful family business founded and nurtured by Gerry and Laura Stratton. It is Laura's fifty-fourth birthday and Gerry has organized a small family dinner at their favourite restaurant. Domestically, all seems well. Glyn, their eldest son, has patched up his marriage with Stephanie; younger son Adam has a new girlfriend and is deeply in love. But, as we suspect, all this is surface stuff. For, as their evening proceeds, the play reveals skeletons from the past and a spectre of the future.
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Ten Times Table

A Play

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Samuel French

ISBN: N.A

Category: English drama

Page: 60

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The leading lights of the village have decided to hold a pageant of local history based on a somewhat vague event, "The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve." But there's a young left wing teacher on the committee who decides to turn it into a rally for proletarian revolution. Committee meetings become symbolic battlefields for conflicting views - the right wing faction being led by the Chairman's conservative wife. The event turns into a violent confrontation between the two extremes, with cataclysmic results. Police intervention brings matters to a relatively quiet conclusion, but already another pageant - Romans versus Britons - seems an attractive possibility.
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The Roaring Girl

Author: Thomas Middleton,Thomas Dekker,Paul Mulholland

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719016301

Category: Drama

Page: 273

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An annotated edition of an important Jacobean comedy, which is currently receiving greater attention from critics and on stage because the leading character is based on a famous personality of the time, Moll Cutpurse. The history of Moll Cutpurse and its subsequent influence on the women's movement and feminist concerns make this book relevant to women's study courses and this is edition incorporates variant readings found in only one copy of the quarto.
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