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Political theatre

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Leading playwrights discuss the relationship between theatre and politics, and explain how and why they incorporate political elements into their own writing. PlaywritingNT
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Dramatic style

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Writers work in many different styles, from naturalism to the absurd. Leading writers explain some of the stylistic possibilities open to playwrights, and discuss the importance of finding your own writing style. PlaywritingNT
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Writing dialogue

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Dialogue is at the heart of playwriting, and everyone does it differently. A collection of playwrights offer their advice on how best to write good dialogue, and explain how words on the page are different from people speaking in real life. PlaywritingNT
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Structuring a scene

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Good plays are built from strong scenes, but what makes a scene interesting or exciting? Professional playwrights offer their thoughts on what makes a good scene, and what the key elements are for a compelling piece of dramatic writing. PlaywritingNT
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Building a plot

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Some writers plan out everything in advance, and others play it by ear. Leading playwrights explain their approaches to constructing narratives for their plays, and discuss the importance of a strong narrative structure. PlaywritingNT
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Using dramatic metaphor

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Theatrical metaphors can communicate meaning in a way conventional writing can't. A collection of leading playwrights discuss some of the ways writers can use metaphor to connect to their audience. PlaywritingNT
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How do you write?

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Every writer works differently, in a way that suits them best. In this film, our playwrights discuss their own writing methods, and talk about how they fit their work into the rest of their lives. PlaywritingNT
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Creating Characters

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There are many ways to develop characters for a play. They can be complete inventions, or taken from real life: inspired by a family member, or ripped from the headlines. Some leading playwrights discuss how they like to develop characters, and how they incorporate them into the fabric of their plays. PlaywritingNT
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How to create characters

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There are many ways to develop characters for a play. They can be complete inventions, or taken from real life: inspired by a family member, or ripped from the headlines. Some leading playwrights discuss how they like to develop characters, and how they incorporate them into the fabric of their plays. PlaywritingNT