ABSTRACT

In this chapter I shall discuss the process of writing plays as an aspect of students’ learning in the drama curriculum. It focuses particularly on the craft of playwriting, not as the single aim of drama education, but as part of a subject which articulates with current debates surrounding innovative forms of contemporary drama and theatre practice. As such, this chapter will assess the values associated with the craft of the playwright, and outline the opportunities and problems which arise from the process of writing plays. My goal, therefore, is not to insist on one authoritative practice which leads to writing plays, but to raise questions about the various ways in which students, when working as playwrights, communicate and shape ideas. In the course of this, I shall explore how student playwrights might be encouraged to communicate with others through drama, and to become creative participants in a wide cultural sphere.