Style

Session 6: “Writing styles”

This session looks at the many different styles that can be used in writing for the stage, and examines how they emerged from different political movements. We will:

- Get to know some different stylistic approaches to writing plays and understand how a play’s style can help convey its message
- Consider how and why writers might want to convey political neutrality or political bias in their plays
- Re-write a scene from a naturalistic play in a different style

AUDIO AND TEXT

You can read examples of different writing styles in this session’s extracts – downloadable copies of Journey to X by Nancy Harris, Gargantua by Carl Grose and New Views 2011/12 Winning Play Re-Write by Tosin Omosebi. You can also listen to the extracts from Journey to X and Re-Write performed by actors.

FILM

Playwrights from the National Theatre talk about different ways of writing a play in this session’s film. They explain some key writing styles, and discuss the importance of finding what type of writing works best for you.

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 Journey to X was performed by:
Jo Dockery Penny
Luke Norris Davy

Journey to X
© Nancy Harris, all rights reserved
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

The audio recording of Re-Write was performed by:
Sam Crane Doctor # 476A
Luke Norris Tommy

Re-Write All rights reserved © Tosin Omosebi.

Gargantua
Reproduced with permission from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
All rights reserved © Carl Grose.

Style
Audio: 

Audio extract - Re-Write by New Views

Audio extract - Re-Write by New Views

Audio extract - Journey to X by New Views

Audio extract - Journey to X by New Views