Finding a writing style
Running time: 3.08mins
Film maker: Ben Harvey
Playwrights talk about the different styles of dramatic writing, and how important it is for a writer to find their own voice.
These interviews were conducted as a part of New Views, a playwriting project for young people. To find out more about New Views, visit newviews.tv
In this collection, leading playwrights explain some of the key elements of a well-written play, and discuss how they approach them in their own work. David Hare, Katori Hall, Matt Charman, Nell Leyshon, James Graham, Alia Bano, Richard Bean, Anders Lustgarten and Roy Williams talk about writing dialogue, creating characters, structuring a narrative and more. They also offer some top tips for first time writers, and discuss their own writing methods.
A short introductory film about the life and works of playwright Anton Chekhov.
Playwrights talk about how important it is for a writer to find their own voice.
Playwrights discuss the realtionship between theatre and politics.
Leading playwrights discuss the different ways of creating characters for a play.
Playwrights discuss the importance of a play's narrative, and offer some advice on how to plan out a story.
Playwrights give advice on how to write great dialogue.
Leading playwrights explain key elements to writing a strong scene.
Leading playwrights discuss the use of metaphor and imagery when writing a play.
Leading playwrights discuss where, when, how and why they write.
Playwrights give their top tips for aspiring writers.
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David Hare offers advice to young writers and an insight into his writing career.
Katori Hall talks about how she came to be a playwright.
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A short introduction to John Hodge's play Collaborators.
Danny Boyle and Nick Dear on Frankenstein.
Daniel Rosenthal introduces clips from his interview with director David Thacker, about Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, originally titled Gellburg and their working relationship.
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