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The Crafty Art of Playmaking

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  107 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In this seminal guide to playmaking, renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn shares his tricks of the trade. From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing, this book provides a complete primer for the newcomer and a refresher for those with more experience. Written in Ayckbourn's signature style that combines humor, seriousness, and a heady air of sophistication, The Craft ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 16th 2002)
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Benito
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating insight into the mind of a writer-director (or a 'hyphenate' as the Oz media might put it) who has, according to the chronology in the appendix, had a show on every year since 1959. This short book is broken neatly into two halves, first on writing and then on directing. Oddly, as I am a playwright who has never directed, I found the second half more interesting (possibly because I found less to argue with there.) I think anyone who works (if you could call it work) in the theatre wo ...more
Andrew Fish
This one was a present. As a fan of Ayckbourn's plays and a writer (albeit primarily a novelist) myself, my wife thought I'd find it interesting. And it is, if not for the reasons Ayckbourn intended. The truth is that writers are not inherently scientific creatures and whilst some of us are more analytical than others, that doesn't mean we can systematically boil down what we do to a recipe for others to follow. Ayckbourn admits as much himself, but nonetheless proceeds, by way of analysing his ...more
Ian Ayris
This book is basically two books in one.

The first half of the book is about writing plays and the second half is about directing plays. The whole is written in an easy going, humourous style, making the whole thing a pleasure to read. I sense, though, the second half of the book, though entertaining and interesting, will hold value but to a small minority of readers.

If you are looking for a book on playwriting, be warned, therefore, the relevant part of this book is less than a hundred pages lon
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Lyf
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good and straightforward read about play making and the art of direction. I personally got more out of the directing section, however the play making section is very valuable reading from a writers perspective.
Duncan
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ayckbourn, theatre
One of the most interesting books on writing and directing plays. There are many more anecdotes on the art and craft of directing than writing, but they are all written in typical Ayckbourn style.
Kat
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, but not entirely applicable in all areas I was seeking information. This is on me, not the author. But still an informative read.
Linnea Gelland
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining and rather inspiring.
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright. He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal Nat ...more
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