The theatre is an essential art form that is forever evolving. A well-written play can make us laugh, cry, cringe, or reflect. It can confirm what we already know, or it can introduce us to new worlds. It can relax us, or incite us to action. Writing for the Stage - A Playwright's Handbook is a step-by-step guide to dramatic writing. Drawing on proven methods and professional insights, this book explores the mechanics of playwriting and the skills needed to create a compelling story. It aims to help readers understand the art and craft of writing for the stage and avoid some of the pitfalls. Topics covered include defining a play; starting points; the importance of structure; the first draft and rewrites; placing the work and negotiating rehearsals and, finally, the playwright in a devising context.
Anthony Clark is an award-winning director, playwright and teacher with a strong reputation for finding, commissioning and producing new plays. He has directed for The National Theatre, RSC and Bristol Old Vic, amongst others, and held the role of Artistic Director at Hampstead Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Contact Theatre. Anthony is the Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing and MA Directing at Central Saint Martins.