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How Plays Work

By (author) David Edgar
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Nick Hern Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 2nd Jun 2009
Dimensions: w 133mm h 221mm d 21mm
Weight: 320g
ISBN-10: 1854593714
ISBN-13: 9781854593719
Barcode No: 9781854593719
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? "How Plays Work" is a masterclass for playwrights and playmakers and a fascinating guide to the anatomy of drama.

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