Writing in Coffee Shops
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Renowned playwright and script-writer Ryan Craig explores the theory and practice of what it means to be a writer. Drawing on his own experiences in the industry, as well as the writing course he taught at the National Theatre Studio, Craig gently guides the reader through the processes and challenges encountered by a playwright. Filled with personal anecdotes, practical advice and writing exercises, ‘Writing in Coffee Shops’ exemplifies a much-needed, fresh and modern approach to the writing guide.
What makes someone a playwright?How do their identities and ideas interweave and co-exist?What permanent truths can we discern from examining existing texts?How can we write theatre that encapsulates the contemporary moment?How do we develop an idea from the embryonic impulse to a full and robust piece of theatre? In this fresh, lively and often very funny book, playwright Ryan Craig makes a case for the vitality of playwriting in our contemporary world and offers a way into writing those plays.From the very first moment of the process, as you sit in a coffee shop, staring at your ‘laptop yawning open like some big, gormless mouth, the screen a flickering blank’, to seeing your play staged and reviewed, the author takes you through the complete journey. Drawing on his own experience of writing for theatres such as the National, Hampstead and Tricycle and Menier Chocolate Factory, TV drama scripts for BBC, ITV and Channel Four, radio plays and adaptation, as well as commercial theatre, the author explores what practical tools the dramatist can use to write plays that build bridges between us. Full of practical advice for the aspiring – and practising – playwright, this book is also an important call-to-arms for playwrights everywhere, arguing for its necessity in the context of an increasingly fractured, distracted, disconnected world.
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