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Theatre for Children: A Guide to Writing, Adapting, Directing, and Acting

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
One of the world's leading children's dramatists provides a practical handbook of the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children. A marvelous contribution to the world of Youth Theater...a must. Robyn Flatt, Dallas Children's Theater. He has often been called the National Playwright for Children and he deserves it. Cameron Mackintosh ...more
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Published March 15th 1999 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published October 20th 1997)
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Marilyn
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Playwrights interested in theatre for young audiences
Shelves: theatre, writing
Wood offers a lot of practical tips based on his decades of experience working in children's theatre. Most of the book is dedicated to writing for children, but actors, directors and techs will also find it useful. Wood seems to specialize in large productions with full casts and sets (as opposed to small touring shows) but much of what he suggests is transferable. I'm glad I picked this one up. ...more
Tonya Meers
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really helpful and it was very easy to read. The book covers all aspects of writing for children's theatre from writing an original play to adapting one as well as the business side. I also liked his sense of humour as its very similar to mine. He's clearly a man who enjoys what he does and he's right, there is nothing quite like the feel of watching children enjoy what you have produced and getting involved in it. ...more
Amy
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK. David Wood repeats again and again that theatre for children is not bastard child of "real" theatre. Well...that's not exactly what he said, but you know what I mean. A man who loves what he does and it's obvious. He also aswers your email personally if you write him ...more
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A solid resource!
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DAVID WOOD began writing as a student at Oxford University in the sixties.

He wrote his first play for children in 1967 and has since written over sixty more.
They are performed all over the world and include THE GINGERBREAD MAN (nine London seasons), THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE... (six London seasons, co-written with Sheila Ruskin), THE SELFISH SHELLFISH, THE SEE-SAW TREE, SAVE THE HUMAN
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