The Elements of Drama

The Elements of Drama

The Elements of Drama

The Elements of Drama


My most sincere thanks are due to Connie my wife, Professor G. E. T. Mayfield and Mrs Pat Roberts for their encouragement, advice and practical help when this book was in manuscript. My indebtedness to other writers is recorded in the text.

But I owe an earlier debt to the amateur dramatic movement, and especially to all those adult students of the theatre, in my estimate the front rank of playgoers, with whom it has been my pleasure to test and to talk about plays. For the book arose from their lively exchange of ideas, the sharing of honest opinion and the mutual desire for understanding.

Disinterested and clear-sighted, the adult student can usually be trusted to recognize the fundamental issues, and this is certainly true of his attitude to drama. His genuine concern for the value of his visit to the theatre begins with the excitement of asking what passes between in imaginative stage and an intelligent auditorium when the play is in performance.

The growing body of such playgoers could endow us with a living theatre beloved and of some account in our society.


YORK March 1959 . . .

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