Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Great plays are written, not re-written

A strong defence of writers from theatre director Dominic Dromgoole in The Guardian.

He argues that contrary to the prevailing culture of re-writing and dramaturg-led development, great plays are almost always written in days or weeks.
You can't teach playwriting. You can work in the theatre, preferably as an actor. And you can live a rich life - whoring, drinking, hurting, being hurt. They might help you towards a play. Preparing for a scheduled discussion on narrative structure will give you nothing but brainache and an inferiority complex.

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