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The best and most general definition for playwriting is that it is form of preparation for performance. In certain contexts, recording, transcribing, and arranging are all playwriting of a kind.


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Adriano Shaplin
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Combining the insights of a playwright, actor, sound designer and an artistic director, this interview with Adriano Shaplin provides a distinct perspective on ensemble.
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Kwame Kwei-Armah
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Kwei-Armah discusses the impact of August Wilson’s work, including Gem of the Ocean, and attitudes towards African-American and Afro-Caribbean drama.
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Michael_Frayn
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In this film, Frayn talks about the nature of live performance, the role of the audience in creating the performance, about creating characters and writing historical drama.
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Brecht: Survival and Contradiction
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Although best known as a playwright, Brecht was a highly original poet. His poems tell us much about his plays, not least his advocacy of survival in a context of resistance to oppression.
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Directions for Directing. Theatre and Method–Working with a Set Designer
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This video workshop, which took place in Athens in July 2017, is the result of a process of working on possible ideas for set design for Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Athena Stourna shares her intuitions in front of a model she built for the purposes of this book, shedding light on fundamental questions that permeate the director-scenographer collaboration.
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by Avra Sidiropoulou
Directions for Directing: Theatre and Method lays out contemporary concepts of directing practice and examines specific techniques of approaching scripts, actors, and the stage. Addressed to both young and experienced directors but also to the broader community of theatre practitioners, scholars, and dedicated theatre goers, the book sheds light on the director’s multiplicity of roles throughout the life of a play — from the moment of its conception to opening night — and explores the director’s processes of inspiration, interpretation, communication, and leadership. From organizing auditions and making casting choices to decoding complex dramaturgical texts and motivating actors, Directions for Directing offers practical advice and features detailed Workbook sections on how to navigate such a fascinating discipline. A companion website explores the work of international practitioners of different backgrounds who operate within various institutions, companies, and budgets, providing readers with a wide range of perspectives and methodologies.
Practitioner
Kwame Kwei-Armah found fame as an actor in the television drama Casualty. A renowned and prolific playwright, he is also a vocal campaigner about the need to increase the profile of black writers.