Page extent: 300
ISBN: 9781849434911
Binding: PaperBack

Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric: A Guide for Actors, Directors and Playwrights

Giles Taylor, Philip Wilson

PaperBack (15 Oct 2015)
£18.99

A practical, accessible and thorough guide to identifying and using rhetorical devices in drama, using examples from both classical and contemporary plays. An unprecedented reference and handbook for actors, directors, playwrights and teachers; written by practitioners for practitioners.   

Little has been written about how dramatists draw on rhetorical devices, and how a study of these can unlock a text for a performer or director, or indeed inspire contemporary playwrights. This book addresses in detail – yet in straightforward terms – the many different rhetorical forms used in drama, and enables the reader to identify and analyse them.  

Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric may be read cover to cover, or it may be dipped into; it is both an analytic tool and a reference aid for use in the classroom or rehearsal room, revealing how careful study of language is one of the best ways of accessing the richness of texts both classical and contemporary.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781849434911
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 300

Reviews

‘We don’t always know why we say what we say, or write what we write – but invariably, the Greeks have a word for it. Packed with memorable and quotable examples from sources ancient and modern, this witty and well-organised handbook offers a lexicon for our efforts, terms for our art. For any teacher, actor or writer, a useful and fascinating guide.’ Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

‘A hugely enjoyable and, most importantly, a brilliantly user-friendly resource forwriters, actors, directors, and teachers – politicians and protestors too. Rhetoric was always something I felt intuitively without properly understanding it. To be made more conscious of its rules and principles can only help me as a writer. A brilliantly informative and entertaining companion.’ James Graham, playwright

‘This is an incredibly revealing and insightful book, through which the authors guide us with generosity and wit. Surprisingly entertaining, it is packed full of funny and moving examples of the best dramatic writing, both classical and contemporary. Naming and explaining the devices that playwrights use (consciously or otherwise) can further our understanding of dramatic writing, and our confidence when working with it. I can imagine having it on my desk in rehearsal for problem-solving, or dipping into it lazily for amusement and inspiration.‘ Jeremy Herrin, director

‘This wonderful book – a history, guide and manual in one – is well-titled. It promises us adventures, and delivers them. Well-armed actors should make rhetoric part of their arsenal. Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric will train your eyes, your mouth, and (perhaps most usefully for actors) your ears. I like this book extremely. I’ll use it. Fun but never foolish, precise but never pedantic, exhaustive but never exhausting, it deserves a place on every actor’s, director’s and playwright’s shelf.’ Samuel West, actor and director

'An exciting, useful and thoroughly entertaining book, which opens up whole new directions for text rehearsals. I am so looking forward to tackling a new script – I have never felt so well-armed. Don’t go into rehearsals without it!’ Nathaniel Parker, actor

'Fan-bloody-tastic!' Judith Scott, Amber Lane Press

'Fascinating and informative... chapters on structuring, the rule of three and repetition may be seen as having a more practical use for actors, directors and writers... the style of writing is lucid and humorous.' Drama Magazine