People love watching plays! Because they are designed to be acted as well as read, playscripts are written out in their own special format. At the front of a playscript, you will find a list of the characters that are in it. Plays are usually performed on a stage.
Playscripts can be based on well known stories, or they can be completely original!
Teach your children about playscripts using our handy topic guide!
- Plan a scene for a movie with this useful template.
- Choose a short scene, with lots of dialogue, from a book that the children know well to turn into a playscript.
- Show the children a short film without dialogue, and ask them to write a playscript based on it. Something like Playmate would be a good stimulus.
- Give children an image to improvise a scene around; for example, try using these images as a stimulus for a scene set on a bridge!
- Writing a whole playscript can be daunting; split the class into smaller groups to write a scene each.
- Use drama games to warm children up before they start working on performing their playscripts.
- The Ancient Greeks held competitions for the best plays. The earliest known was held in Athens in 534 BCE.
- Speech marks are not needed when you are writing dialogue for a playscript.
- Stage directions tell the actors what to do, and are written inside brackets on a playscript – you do not need to read them out!
- Some playscripts have a narrator, who tells the story.
- Any objects that are needed to perform a play are known as props.
Write a script
What is it like to write a script for television? Find out in this video.
Running time: 5:11
PLAYWRITING! with Mark Hopkins
Playwright Mark Hopkins gives a simple structure for writing a play.
Running time: 7:54
Writing a playscript
This video presentation is a good summary of the steps needed to write an original playscript.
Running time: 4:00
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