From Book to Play
Adapting a book into a play is a difficult process. Among the many struggles include: transforming one person’s idea to the vision of many people, shortening and condensing the story for the stage, and creating an accurate image of a story in a 3D space. It’s essential for a playwright to find a coherent, central, and simple story line for the audience to follow and cut and merge characters as necessary. Once the play has been written, a theatre needs to be found, a technical crew needs to be hired to create the physical aspects of a show, and actors have to be cast.
To elaborate on this, here are some videos discussing the process of transforming a book into a play.
And in this playlist, Director Marianne Elliott and playwright Simon Stephens discuss adapting Mark Haddon’s novel for the stage:
Here, several dramatists give an interview for London’s National Theatre: