Theatre For Children

Theatre For Children

by David Wood, Janet Grant
     
 

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David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child's attention, provides a practical step-by-step guide

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David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child's attention, provides a practical step-by-step guide illustrated with excerpts from Iris plays, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into them.

Editorial Reviews

Stage of The Art
An important resource...basic, highly readable, and extremely practical.
Library Journal
This is a practical how-to guide to the fundamentals of theatrical productions geared for children and performed by adults. Wood's experience is in the English theater--he writes and directs children's productions for his touring company, Whirligig Theatre, and has been dubbed the "National Playwright for Children"--but many of his insights are universal. He covers the gamut of what children in audiences react to, how to write suitable original plays, how to adapt existing children's literature, and production, acting, and business details. This book has no information for child actors or for adults working with child actors. For a specialized audience, but a good addition to the field.--J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, GA
Financial Times
Wood's great quality as a playwright is his confidence in his audience's ability to make giant imaginative leaps, coupled with a refusal to shortchange them artistically.
Stage Of The Art
An important resource...basic, highly readable, and extremely practical.
London Times
The national children's dramatist.
Robyn Flatt
A marvelous contribution to the world of Youth Theater...A must.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh
For over thirty years David has had the ability to captivate children's minds.... He has often been called the National Playwright for Children and he deserves it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566632331
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/25/1999
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
893,682
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

David Wood has been writing, adapting, directing, and acting in plays for children for more than twenty-five years. His best-known work has enjoyed international success and has entered the repertory of amateur companies and school dramatic societies. “Wood’s great quality as a playwright is his confidence in his audience’s ability to make giant imaginative leaps, coupled with a refusal to shortchange them artistically.”—Financial Times.

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