Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

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Second draft
You now have your story, your characters and a first draft of your play. You have also begun to realise the themes you are working with, and you have gained confidence in the use of your own individual or collective voices as dramatic poets and storytellers. This is the moment when you will go right back to the start and see what is useful, what is redundant and what needs to be developed and added. We will start this chapter by revisiting some of the things we looked at earlier, in order to help us step back and take a look at the big picture.All of the exercises in this chapter may be used in the following ways:
• By the individual playwright.
• As ongoing group workshop exercises.
• For further developing group-written performance pieces.

THE BIG PICTURE

Now we will go back to other aspects of composition, structure, etc., some of which we have touched on before. It is worth reminding ourselves of these, because now is the moment to look at the big picture of how your play will be put together. The following will equip you to move on to your second draft.


Exercise 106

Back-story

Remember the image of the suitcase? When your characters are introduced, they are all carrying the invisible suitcase packed with everything

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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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