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Simon Stephens: A Working Diary

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2014 was a spectacular year for playwright Simon Stephens, who has been described by the Independent as 'a brilliant writer of immense imagination' and by the Financial Times as having 'emerged in this millennium as an outstanding playwright'.

2014 was a year for Simon Stephens which featured a high number of world premiere plays including one for the theatre of his
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Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published April 7th 2016)
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Eleanor
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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If you want to renew your faith in the power of storytelling, this is the book for you. I can't recommend this enough for any writers, actors, directors - anyone with even the slightest interest in theatre. I've attacked this with three different highlighters and a biro, and I'm sure I'll be referring to it for a long time to come. Every time he talked about why we write and how we should make theatre, it made me question my own expectations of the arts. This is the uncertainty he believes ...more
Ric
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even half way through the book and I feel comfortable with the five star rating. AND I'm comfortable for calling this book required reading for anyone in or interested in theatre. I'm a playwright myself and I find nuggets on the nature of writing and the creative process on every page.
Kris Hallett
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simon Stephens may be our greatest contemporary playwright. To my mind he is certainly the most articulate about what theatre is. This diary follows him around the globe on what was certainly a mammoth year of work. We hear about the meetings, the thought processes behind the writing, the workshops and the shows (especially Birdland, Curious Incident, Cherry Orchard & Carmen Interrupted). Its a book that will appeal most to theatre geeks like myself but there is enough diversions into the ...more
Emma Gibson
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, inspiring read.
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