Playlab's Vic Syllabus Suggestions 2019-20

Unit 1: Introducing Performance Styles

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Unit 1: Introducing Performance Styles. The following texts each provide practical insight and understanding into the theory that underpins theatrical practice and playwriting and offer invaluable insight into script and production analysis.

New addition to the current curriculum suggestions: THE BELONG TRILOGY by Margi Brown Ash


The Belonging Trilogy

by Margi Brown Ash

THEMES: Belonging, Home, Not-Belonging,
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1–2
CHARACTER AGES:
≤50
TARGET AUDIENCE: 
Adults

Alongside the three plays, social artist, Margi Brown Ashshares her devising processes and provides key learnings for readers to reflect on and explore their own personal and cultural mythology, collaborative ... Read more

Dramawise Reimagined

by Brad Haseman and John O’Toole

THEMES: Various

‘In drama, we are the creators. Like in a skeleton, the bones of drama only work together. The human context—the situation, the people and their relationships—are the flesh. ... Read more

Story

by Robert McKee

ISBN: 9780413715609
FORMAT: Paperback
NUMBER OF PAGES: 480
PUBLISHED: January 1999
PUBLISHER: Methuen Publishing Ltd

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria ... Read more

The Dramatic Writer’s Companion, Second Edtion

by Will Dunne

ISBN: 0226172546
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press
FORMAT: Paperback | 356 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: 19 May 2009

In just eight years, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion has become a classic among playwrights and screenwriters. Thousands have used its self-contained character, scene, and story exercises to spark creativity, ... Read more

What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing

by Jeffrey Sweet

ISBN: 9780300211443
FORMAT: Hardcover
NUMBER OF PAGES: 304
PUBLISHED: 4th April 2017
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

The art and craft of playwriting as explored in candid conversations with some of the most important contemporary dramatists. Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, ... Read more

The Cinematic Theatre Handbook

by Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell

Includes complementary DVD

Synopsis: Since founding Markwell Presents in 2002 Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell have written and produced 14 new plays for young people featuring Cinematic Theatre: the integration of live performance ... Read more