Unlearning how to write a play

In the past:

  • Plays were the source of theatre.
  • Plays were written by one person alone in a room.
  • The timeline of taking a play from creation to performance was long.

The internet and evolving theater practices are helping us to change this.

Plays no longer need a playwright; much of the most interesting work is devised.

The internet can be used to source material from people all around the world; I can interview someone in China via Skype and translate their story to a monologue.

Performances can be created more quickly in response to real-world events by theater companies that engage communities (eg Tricycle Theatre’s The Riots.)

How we write plays and create theater is evolving: What are some examples you can think of?

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