Described by The Times as ‘the national children’s dramatist’, David Wood has been writing, adapting, directing and acting in plays for children for more than twenty-five years. His best known work, from his play The Gingerbread Man to his adaptations of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and The Witches have enjoyed national and international professional success and entered the repertory of amateur companies and school dramatic societies. Now David has written the definitive book on theatre for children. He analyses the skills involved in entertaining audiences of children everywhere and reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child’s attention. This practical, step-by-step comprehensive guide is essential reading for professionals and amateurs alike, and anyone wanting to be involved in theatre for children.