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Module Reading List

Writing for Contemporary Theatre and Performance, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Adam Strickson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Artaud, A, The Theatre and its Double, New York: Grove Press, 1994

Ayckbourn, Alan, The crafty art of playmaking, London, Faber and Faber, 2004  

Aristotle, Poetics, London: Penguin Classics, 2003

Barker, Howard, Arguments for a Theatre, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997

Barker, Howard, Death, the one and the art of theatre, London: Routledge, 2004

Billington, Michael, State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945, London: Faber & Faber, 2009

Blythe, Alecky, London Road, London: Nick Hern Books, 2011 (Verbatim/musical)

Booker, Christopher, The seven basic plots : why we tell stories, Continuum International, 2005

Bond, Edward, The Sea, London: Methuen Drama, 2008 (Character/exposition)

Brecht, Bertholt (ed Willett, J), Brecht on theatre : the development of an aesthetic, London: Methuen, 1978

Brook, Peter, The Empty Space, London: Penguin, 1968 (& Touchstone reprint)  

Butterworth, Jez, Jerusalem, London: Nick Hern Books, 2009 (Protagonist/dark comedy)

Campbell, Joseph, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 2008, New World Library

Caulfield, Annie, Writing for radio : a practical guide, The Crowood Press, 2009

Crook, T, Radio drama : theory and practice, London: Routledge, 1999

Edgar, David, How plays work, London: Nick Hern Books, 2009  

Field, Syd, Screenplay, the Foundations of Screenwriting, New York: Delta, 2005

Fountain, Tim, So you want to be a playwright? : how to write a play and get it produced, London: Nick Hern Books, 2007

Goolde, Rupert and Icke, Robert, Decade : twenty new plays about 9/11 and its legacyLondon: Nick Hern Books, 2011 

Grose, C and Murphy, A. M., The Kneehigh anthology. vol. 1, Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, The wooden frock, The red shoes, London: Oberon Books, 2005

Hortsmann, R, Writing for Radio, London: A & C Black Ltd., 1997

Johnstone, Keith, Impro : improvisation and the theatre, London, Methuen Drama, 2007 (for the section on ‘Narrative’)

Johnstone, Keith, Impro for storytellers : theatresports and the art of making things happen, London: Faber and Faber, 1999 (for the notes on plot)

Kane, Sarah, Blasted in Complete plays, London: Methuen Drama, 2001

Grose, C and Murphy, A. M., The Kneehigh anthology. vol. 1, Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, The wooden frock, The red shoes, London: Oberon Books, 2005

Lane, David, Contemporary British drama, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010

MacLoughlin, S, Writing for Radio, Oxford: How To Books, 2001.

McInery, Vincent, Writing for radio, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002

McKee, Robert, Story : substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, London, Methuen, 1998  

Mamet, David, Three uses of the knife : on the nature and purpose of drama, London, Methuen Drama, 2007

Mitchell, Katie, The director's craft : a handbook for the theatre, London: Routledge, 2009

Moritz, Charlie, Scriptwriting for the screen, London: Routledge, 2001 (Good on character development)

Tucker Green, Debbie, nut, London: Nick Hern Books, 2013

Peake, Maxine, Beryl, London: Methuen Drama, 2014

Rosenthal, Jack, By Jack Rosenthal : an autobiography in six acts, London: Robson Books, 2006 (For the best account you will find of the career of a working scriptwriter)

Scholes, Robert and Kellog, Robert, The Nature of Narrative, 40th Anniversary Edition, OUP USA, 2006

Seger, L, Making a good script great, London: Samuel French, 1994 & revised editions

Sigal, Sarah, Writing in collaborative theatre-making ISBN: 9781137331687 (pbk.); 9781137331694 (hbk.); 1137331690 (hbk.); 1137331682 (pbk.), London: Palgrave, 2017

Sierz, Aleks, Rewriting the nation : British theatre today, London: Methuen, 2011

Sierz, A; Middeke, M & Schnierer, PP, The Methuen Drama guide to contemporary British playwrights, London: Methuen, 2013

Smiley, Sam, Playwriting : the structure of action, New Haven and London, Yale, 2005  

Stanislavski, Constantin, Building a Character, London: Methuen, 1968 (& reprints)

Vogler, Christopher, The Writer’s Journey, London: Pan Books, 1996  

Walsh, Enda, Far from the land : new Irish plays, London: Nick Hern Books, 2010  

Wandor, Michelene, The art of writing drama, London: Methuen Drama, 2006

Waters, Steve, The secret life of plays,London: Nick Hern Books, 2010

This list was last updated on 30/09/2019