Session 3: “Finding a story”
This session, we’re looking at developing narrative in a play, by looking for stories in political events from the past and present. We will:
- Understand the difference between STORY, PLOT and STRUCTURE
- Look at how writers have used real life political events as the basis for plays
- Turn a real life story into a dramatic narrative
AUDIO AND TEXT
The play extract for this session is Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, which focuses on the suffragette movement of the early 20th Century by weaving personal stories into historical events. You can download and read the extract, as well as listening to it be performed by actors. The excerpt for the Extension activity is from This House by James Graham, which focuses on the challenges faced by the British Labour and Conservative governments during the late 1970s.
Playwrights from the National Theatre talk about constructing a narrative in this session’s film: discussing key elements of a story, planning ahead, and tips on how to make your plot work as well as possible.
WARNING: The materials of this course contain strong language and controversial subject matter which some may find offensive.
N.B. The views expressed in the recorded interviews are those of the playwrights only, and not of the National Theatre.
The audio recording of Her Naked Skin was performed by:
Liz White Celia
Jemima Rooper Eve
Paul Ready Potter
Sandy McDade Florence
Other parts were played by members of the cast.
Her Naked Skin
First published in 2008
by Faber and Faber Limited
All rights reserved (c) Rebecca Lenkiewicz, 2008
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Applications for permission for any use whatsoever, including performance rights, must be made in advance, prior to any such proposed use, to Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd., Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GQ (firstname.lastname@example.org). No performance may be given unless a licence has first been obtained. No rights are granted by way of this extract.
The audio recording of This House was performed by
All actors read multiple roles.
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.