Genre - A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

Genre - A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen $25.99

Buy Kindle Edition

Andrew Tidmarsh

Published by Methuen

What makes tragedy tragic? What makes comedy comic?

What does Much Ado About Nothing have in common with When Harry Met Sally?

Seneca with Desperate Housewives?

Goldoni with Frasier?

In Genre - A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen Andrew Tidmarsh explores these questions and more

Investigating how the relationship between form and content brings endless discoveries and illuminations about how narrative works, this entertaining and accessible book looks at how storytelling in film and theatre has evolved and how an appreciation of form can bring the writer, director or actor a solid foundation and a sense of security, which ultimately assists the creative process

Including genre-specific exercises in every chapter helping the reader to write and devise

Genre - A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen is for all those with an interest in story and can be used by writers, actors and directors alike whether students or experienced professionals to make the blank page appear less terrifying



Chapter 1 The Building Blocks of Narrative
Chapter 2 Will Versus Fate: Greek Tragedy and the Fundamentals
Chapter 3 Let's See Blood: Roman Tragedy and Quentin Tarantino
Chapter 4 Revenge is Sweet: Elizabethan Tragedy
Chapter 5 Mashing It Up: Desperate Housewives, Jacobean Tragedy and Buffy
Chapter 6 The Plate of Sardines: New Greek Comedy, Menander and Frasier
Chapter 7 Archetype or Stereotype? Plautus, Comedy of Contradictions and The Sketch Show
Chapter 8 Happily Ever After: Romantic Comedy from Shakespeare to Sleepless in Seattle
Chapter 9 Minding Our Manners: The Country Wife and Mean Girls
Chapter 10 Nothing Ever Happens: Chekhov and the Contemporary Independent Comedy
Chapter 11 Arrivals and Departures: The Chivalric Romance and the Pastoral

A Final Thought

Appendix 1: Miscellaneous Genres and Hybrids
Appendix 2: Other Theories and Other Approaches


Andrew Tidmarsh is a writer, theatre director and awardwinning film-maker

He has worked with undergraduate and postgraduate writers for nearly 20 years for various institutions: Goldsmiths, University of London, Drama Centre, University of the Arts, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

He has also worked in the Philippines, Germany and Canada and currently teaches and directs at RADA

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.


We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2024 Stageplays, Inc.