Described as ‘the unfairly underrated dramatic fragment’, The Guardian explores the short play as the perfect dramatic arch for programs accommodating short works, such as the Hotbed Theatre Festival in Cambridge.
Scene selection from J.M. Synge’s Riders to the Sea
Kurt Vonnegut, a prolific American writer of countless short stories and five plays, offers his best advice on writing short fiction – a genre similar in both style and form to the one act play. Listen to Vonnegut in the first of July 2017’s Complimentary Readings, listing his best eight tips on writing short fiction….
Selected Text: Three One-Act Plays
Examining Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and writing a memory play.
Monologue selection from Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
After the massive success of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, formerly known as ‘Tom’, reflected on his newfound celebrity as a blossoming American playwright in The Catastrophe of Success. See Williams’ essay, first published by The New Yorker in 1947, for a brief understanding of his dis-ease with fame and for June 2017’s second Complimentary Reading.
Eamon Flack, director of Belvoir St Theatre and The Malthouse’s 2014 and 2016 respective productions of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, comments on his transition from a long-standing apprenticeship to taking on the role of Belvoir’s most recent Artistic Director.
Examining Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and theatrical adaptation.
Scene selection from Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Part I