16 episodes

In this album, some of our current and most well-respected playwrights offer an insight into the mechanics and beauty of writing for the stage. Contributors include Alan Ayckbourn, David Edgar, Bryony Lavery and Willy Russell, who discuss their own work and the pleasures and pitfalls of crafting a script. All of the fundamental topics, from character and structure to dialogue and editing, are covered in detail in a series of entertaining and insightful interviews. This material forms part of The Open University course A176 Start writing plays.

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

In this album, some of our current and most well-respected playwrights offer an insight into the mechanics and beauty of writing for the stage. Contributors include Alan Ayckbourn, David Edgar, Bryony Lavery and Willy Russell, who discuss their own work and the pleasures and pitfalls of crafting a script. All of the fundamental topics, from character and structure to dialogue and editing, are covered in detail in a series of entertaining and insightful interviews. This material forms part of The Open University course A176 Start writing plays.

    Start writing plays

    Start writing plays

    A short introduction to this album.

    • 48 sec
    Transcript -- Start writing plays

    Transcript -- Start writing plays

    A short introduction to this album.

    Starting out in playwriting

    Starting out in playwriting

    How do you find your starting point? Playwrights discuss the start of the creative process from developing simple ideas to narratives.

    • 15 min
    Transcript -- Starting out in playwriting

    Transcript -- Starting out in playwriting

    How do you find your starting point? Playwrights discuss the start of the creative process from developing simple ideas to narratives.

    Developing a play

    Developing a play

    What are the best practices to apply when developing a dramatic idea? This discussion ranges from wider issues such as genre to more technical aspects of the art.

    • 9 min
    Transcript -- Developing a play

    Transcript -- Developing a play

    What are the best practices to apply when developing a dramatic idea? This discussion ranges from wider issues such as genre to more technical aspects of the art.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Katoagogo ,

Packed with fantastic insight

These little episodes are packed with an astonishing amount of insight and perspective from multiple established U.K. dramatists. It’s a series of multiple points of view from working artists about how they come to make plays. After listening to the series once, I know I’m going to return to these lessons from master writers and recommend it to my students. If you are looking for a way to focus your work for theater, put this set of educational episodes in your queue.

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