Session 1: “What story do you want to tell?”
Welcome to the first session of the New Views playwriting competition.
On this page you can download your course programme for the session, watch playwrights responding to this session’s area of study, download extracts from plays you’ll be studying, and listen to them being performed by actors.
WHAT’S THIS SESSION ABOUT?
This session looks at the relationship between theatre and politics. We will:
- Find out why the link between politics and theatre is so strong.
- Work out how writers use argument and persuasive language to get their point across.
- Write a political speech
AUDIO AND TEXT
The texts examined in this session are The Effect by Lucy Prebble, and Moira Buffini’s play Welcome to Thebes. You can download short extract from the plays, and you can also listen to the extracts being performed by actors.
In this session’s film, playwrights from the National Theatre explain why they think theatre and politics are so closely connected, and talk about the news stories and personal experiences that first inspired them to write plays.
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 The Effect was performed by:
Olivia Vinall Dr James
Jonathan Bailey Toby
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
The audio recording of Welcome to Thebes was performed by:
Lara Rossi Megaera
Alex Vlahos Scud
Simon Coombs Miletus
Welcome to Thebes
First published in 2010
by Faber and Faber Limited
All rights reserved © Moira Buffini, 2010
All rights whatsoever in this work are strictly reserved.