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The text – dialogue and relationships

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...So what exactly is dialogue? In a purely pragmatic way it can be compared to everyday conversation, to the verbal exchanges between people, which bind the way we live our social and personal lives. But in its literary form, as the sine qua...

Subject matter, character and follow-up

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...There are some topics, considered as fundamental to drama, which have not been treated in detail in this book. This is quite deliberate. The first is the area covered under the various terms of premise, idea, super-objective (see chapter...

Stage directions

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...Following the brief discussion about narrative voice in chapter 5, it may seem that stage directions provide a bridge between the novel and the drama. After all, they are generally written in prose, and they are a distinctive, specialised...

Teaching and learning the art of writing drama

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...As all teachers and students know, the quicksilver ambience and activity of the classroom is virtually impossible to document accurately. Teachers sometimes describe the way they work, aiming to create an impression of the atmosphere...

The performance text

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...The academic counterpart to the radical theatres of the 1970s was the development of Performance Studies. Influenced by revived intellectual interest in continental theory and post-Marxist writing, Performance Studies expanded the sources...

The concepts in how-to books on dramatic writing

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...The poeisis of drama (the making/writing of the dramatic text) has its own how-to literature. Books about writing film scripts tend to be format and formula driven, generally on market-based models of successful Hollywood films. It goes...

Conclusions

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...Anyone can write dialogue; we all have conversations, real and imagined. Writing drama, however, is something else. It is dialogue, aesthetically shaped into the conventions of the dramatic genre, involving choices which may be unthinking...

The emergence of the dramatist and drama in education

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...While writing drama may be a relative latecomer to today’s academic creative writing boom, it had an important role to play in the history of Creative Writing (CW) in America. When English literature was first established as a university...

The novel and the drama

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...As part of the preparation for, and exploration of, writing drama, a writerly awareness of the distinction between the novel and the drama as literary conventions is crucial. Some of this understanding can (and should) be gained from...

The pedagogic process

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...This chapter is as accurate an account as I can give about the way I teach. This is not just a narcissistic indulgence. It is my attempt to convey the ways in which I implement the principles and theorising which comprise the rest...