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Is this the right book for me? Write a Play - and Get It Performed is designed for would-be writers of every level and for all types of motivation by two prize-winning professionals. Whether writing for the specific needs of an amateur drama group, community event, political campaign or simply for personal or professional development, this is a guide to the craft of playwriting. It offers guidance on the creative principles of scripts, characters, plot, structure and dialogue and explains the principles of staging and stage directions as well as gives tips on how to write for a variety of different situations, for every age and ability and according to specific genres - particularly those often preferred by amateur groups, such as pantomime and musical theatre. Write a Play and Get it Performed includes: Section one Chapter 1: A writing mindset Chapter 2: Getting started Chapter 3: Creating and working with characters Chapter 4: Speech and dialogue Chapter 5: Plot construction Chapter 6: Endings Chapter 7: Deeper issues Chapter 8: Two plays analysed: Othello and Run for your Wife Chapter 9: Keeping going, re-writes and polishing Section two Chapter 10: Types of drama Chapter 11: Writing a comedy play Chapter 12: Writing for the amateur stage Chapter 13: Writing pantomimes Chapter 14:Writing musicals Chapter 15: Writing for radio Chapter 16: Writing for television Section three Chapter 17: Script practicalities Chapter 18: Staging practicalities Chapter 19: Script layouts and submission Chapter 20: Outlets and networking opportunities Chapter 21: Putting on your own play Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of writing a play. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.