Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

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'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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Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Noël Greig iii
  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xii
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • 1 - Getting Going and Warming Up 1
  • 2 - Theme 43
  • 3 - Issue 47
  • 4 - Building a Character 60
  • 5 - Finding the Story 86
  • 6 - Location 119
  • 7 - The Individual Voice 131
  • 8 - Second Draft 157
  • 9 - Performance Projects 193
  • Appendix A: 198
  • Appendix B: 200
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