Being a Playwright: A Career Guide for Writers

Being a Playwright: A Career Guide for Writers

by Chris Foxon, George Turvey


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Writing a good play is only a small part of making it as a successful playwright; understanding the business side of building a career is just as crucial. Yet most advice for budding writers focuses only on the craft of playwriting, ignoring the practicalities of the industry – which makes it harder for those without connections or know-how to get their work on stage.

Being a Playwright sets out, transparently and honestly, all the factors besides writing that playwrights need to know about to succeed. It includes advice on:

  • How to get a script noticed

  • Which programming and commissioning opportunities to pursue

  • How to approach agents, companies and collaborators

Drawing on Papatango's decade-long experience of discovering and launching successful new writers – who have gone on to win prizes such as BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal National Theatre Foundation and Alfred Fagon Awards – this straightforward and accessible book discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of life as a playwright.

Whether you're an aspiring writer wondering how to break into the industry, or a working playwright looking to land bigger commissions, this is your insider road map to navigating the world of professional theatre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848426917
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Act 1 Starting Out 1

Training 3

Writing for Theatre 37

Redrafting and Editing 75

Getting Noticed' The Road to Being Programmed 91

Act 2 Making The Show 125

Working with Collaborators 127

Making Deals 145

Researching and Developing (R&D) 161

Going into Production 173

Act 3 Taking The Next Steps 199

Reflecting 201

Moving On 209

Appendices 233

Training Opportunities 235

Theatrical Literary Agencies 240

New-Writing Venues and Companies 242

Theatre Publishers 244

Playwriting Competitions 245

International Companies 246

Potential Funders 248

Industry Resources 249

List of Contributors 250

Select Bibliography 253

About Papatango 256

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