Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages


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 No¿¿l 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.


'Noël Greig is a gifted playwright and teacher. His ability to come up with a range of processes, each distinct and unique to the needs of any given group, is extraordinary. I have witnessed wonderful writing emerge from groups who have never considered themselves as writers, and emerging and established playwrights seeking him out as dramaturge and mentor.'

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director,

Leicester Haymarket Theatre

'I have spent half my career waiting for this book to be written. Noël Greig is the original great communicator, playwright, mentor, tutor, support, coach and inspiration. His knowledge and ability should be listed as a national asset. Noël's mantra is “only connect” and I have yet to find an individual who has met him, and has failed to do this on a thousand and one levels. Buy this book and be prepared to be wowed.'

Ola Animashawun, Associate Director, Young Writers

Programme, The Royal Court Theatre, London

'There can be no better teacher or mentor than Noël Greig. If he can't teach you how to write a play, no-one can.'

Haresh Sharma, Resident Playwright,

The Necessary Stage, Singapore

'I have observed Noël Greig's dramaturgical processes open doors to thrilling creativity: from the fifteen-year old discovering the joys of playwriting, to the mature playwright breaking through to new possibilities. I have witnessed children and adults alike moved to compassionate insights about humanity through the power of his plays. A master at facilitating new voices and expressing the complexities of our age, at the core of every aspect of Noël's work is always rigour, grace and sensitivity.'

Rosamunde Hutt, Director,

Theatre Centre, London

'I have worked with Noël Greig for over 20 years and continue to be inspired by his work with writers from all over the world and from many different backgrounds. His methods have had a tremendous impact on the writers themselves and they have influenced much of the work that we do here with emerging playwrights.'

Elyse Dodgson, Associate Director,

Head of International Department,

The Royal Court Theatre, London

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