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CW2010 playwriting

Summer Reading List 2015-16

Course Tutor: Poppy Corbett

Essential Reading (in order of study):

  • Aristotle, Poetics (Dover Thrift Editions, 1997).
  • Pinter, Harold, The Birthday Party (Faber and Faber, 1991)
  • Kelly, Dennis, After The End (Oberon, 2005)
  • Washburn, Anne, Mr Burns (Oberon, 2014)
  • Churchill, Caryl, Love and Information (Nick Hern Books, 2012)
  • Chekhov, Anton, The Seagull (translated by Michael Frayn), (Methuen Student Editions, 2002)
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Oedipus The King) - (in The Theban Plays, Dover, 2006)
  • McDonagh, Martin, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, (Methuen Drama, 1996)
  • Ridley, Philip, Mercury Fur, (Methuen Drama, 2005)
  • Shakespeare, William, Macbeth, (Wordsworth Classics, 1992)
  • Rattigan, Terence, The Browning Version, (Nick Hern Books, 2002)
  • Brant, George, Grounded (Oberon, 2013/2014)

Further recommended reading

  • Aristolte, Horace, and Longinus, Classical Literary Criticism. Translated by T.S. Diorsch. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965
  • Artuad, Antonin, The Theatre and its Double. New York: Grove Press, 1958
  • Ayckbourn, Alan, The Crafty Art of Playmaking. London: Faber and Faber, 2002.
  • Barker, Howard, Arguments for a Theatre. Third Edition. Manchester University Press, 1997
  • Billingham, Peter, At The Sharp End. London: Methuen Drama, 2007
  • Caladrone, Marina and Maggie Lloyd-Williams. Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus, London: Nick Hern Books, 2004
  • Cole, Toby, ed. Playwrights on Playwriting: The Meaning and Making of Modern Drama from Ibsen to Ionesco. New York: Hill and Wang, 1961
  • Edgar, David, State of Play: Playwrights on Playwriting. London: Faber and Faber, 1999
  • Edgar, David, How Plays Work, London: Nick Hern Books, 2009
  • Fountain, Tim, So You Want To Be A Playwright? London: Nick Hern Books, 2007
  • Goldman, Lisa, The No Rules Handbook For Writers. London: Oberon, 2012
  • Little, Ruth and McGlaughlin, Emily, The Royal Court Theatre: Inside Out. London: Oberon, 2007
  • Marmet, David, A Whore's Profession: Notes and Essays. London: Faber and Faber, 1994
  • Marmet, David, Three Uses of The Knife. New York: Vintage Books, 1998
  • Marmet, David, True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for The Actor. New York: Vintage Books, 1997
  • Megson, Chris, Modern British Playwriting: the 1970s. London: Methuen Drama, 2012
  • Neipris, Janet, To Be A Playwright. New York: Routledge, 2005
  • Rebellato, Dan, ed. Modern British Playwriting: 2000 - 2009. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013
  • Russell, D.A., and M. Winterbottom, Classical Literary Criticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Sierz, Alex, Rewriting The Nation: British Theatre Now. London: Methuen, 2011
  • Spencer, Stuart, The Playwright's Guidebook. New York: Faber and Faber, 2002
  • Stephenson, Heidi and Natasha Langridge, Rage and Reason: Women Playwrights on Playwriting. London: Methuen, 1997
  • Unwin, Stephen, The Well Read Play. London: Oberon, 2011
  • Waters, Steve, Secret Life Of Plays. London: Nick Hern Books, 2010
  • Wright, Nicholas, Playwrights. Platform Papers. London: Royal National Theatre, 1996





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