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Sunday 16 December 2007

So powerful is the compulsion to finish my theatre play that I am considering staging it myself.
I have just purchased a hardy manual on writing one in the teach-yourself series, at the Waterstone's bookstore in Piccadilly. A number of books on the subject lined the shelf in the Reference department but a copy that combines the nuts and bolts of an entertaining dialogue script together with a section on the essentials of production, is no easy find.
Published earlier this year, it also lists a directory of theatre agents, publishers, playwriting competitions, festivals and repertory theatres and those in the West End.
The practical handbook offers a thrilling bonus with the writing of pantomimes and musicals, the submission of proposals, outlines and treatments and is industrious in tutoring the aspiring playwright from start to finish
Makes me think of Broadway.
Still, the book's author considers that the enthusiast must display a purposeful verve and energy beforehand, failing which the entire venture may collapse. I do feel that my copy, simply entitled "Writing a Play", serves up as an appropriate mentor behind the scenes. An unseen guiding voice from behind the curtain, is always comforting. Even the Writer's & Artist's Yearbook 2008 advises the playwright to stage a show in the event of rejections.
An agent or publisher in Great Britain will only look at a play with a view to representing or publishing the playwright, if the authority concerned observes a favourable newspaper/magazine review in the event of a one-act amateur production or recognizes that a full-length play (at least 80 minutes long) has been professionally produced.