Monday, March 15, 2010

From page to stage...

"...much basic carpentry is needed to move any book from page to stage.

"Playwrights use set-ups and pay-offs as meaning-bearing devices much more than novelists because they can guarantee that something planted at 7.45 will pay off at 9.30, night after night. With a novel, you don't know if the pay-off will be read in the same sitting as the set-up, or days (or even weeks) later.

"Theatre loves open endings because they can be completed by the audience. It hates multiple endings because - whether they appear to or not - the leave the audience with nothing to do."
David Edgar

Read the full article with David Edgar on adapting Julian Barnes' Arthur & George

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