Playwriting: A Practical Guide for Students of All Ages

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Performance projects

Much of the work in this book can feed into the creation of large-scale performance projects and devised work:school, college, community, etc. Exercises 11 -13 can for example, as we have seen, culminate with the presentation of group-written poems.These could be developed further, with the addition of music, movement, costume, etc.I have seen material from these and other exercises become the basis for some wonderful school assembly presentations, or the basis from which a song-cycle has developed.I recently used some of these exercises with a community group to create the material for a large-scale sung performance piece.


EXERCISES INTO PROJECT

We have seen how some of the single exercises from Chapter 1 can in themselves be the basis for whole large-scale performance, offering (a)a structure and (b)a theme.Here are a few examples of how such exercises can be developed.


Exercise 137

The journey round the circle

Participants: All groups, individual

Look at Exercise 27 in Chapter 1. Use this as a basis for creating a large-group play. Begin with the following structure:

Scene One: Character A + Character B.

Scene Two: Character B + Character C.

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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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