1st Edition

Playwriting A Practical Guide

By Noël Greig Copyright 2005
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Playwriting offers a practical guide to the creation of text for live performance. It contains a wealth of exercises for amateur and professional playwrights. Usable in a range of contexts, the book works as:

    • a step-by-step guide to the creation of an individual play
    • a handy resource for a teacher or workshop leader
    • a stimulus for the group-devised play.

    The result of Noël Greig's thirty years' experience as a playwright, actor, director and teacher, Playwriting is the ideal handbook for anyone who engages with playwriting and is ultimately concerned with creating a story and bringing it to life on the stage.

    Acknowledgements  Preface  1. Getting Going and Warming Up  2. Theme  3. Issue  4. Building a Character  5. Finding the Story  6. Location  7. The Individual Voice  8. Draft Two  9. Performance Projects  Appendix


    Noël Greig has been a theatre-practitioner since 1967, working as actor, director and playwright. More than fifty of his plays have been produced and performed both in the UK and overseas, and he teaches in a range of contexts, including schools, colleges and universities, running courses in playwriting, acting and theatre history. He is currently involved in making theatre with and for young people, working with youth groups around the world, and encouraging new writing.

    'A testament to the burgeoning of creative writing ... a clarion celebration of dramatic writing ... The next generation of theatre practitioners will emerge having used these techniques as their dramatic primer.' - STP 25

    'As good as a masterclass ... you want to write plays? You need this book.' - Writers Forum