Alec Nevala-Lee

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David Edgar

The “rules” are a sedimentation of all the expectations of all the plays (and, to an extent, all the stories) which we have ever encountered. This is why the argument that one should know the rules in order to break them is only half the story. Playwrights should know the rules because they are the possession of the audience, their essential partner in the endeavor. They won’t be thanked for sticking so closely to the rules that the play is predictable from start to finish. But nor will audiences readily accept their expectations being willfully ignored.

David Edgar, How Plays Work

Written by nevalalee

March 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

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