What are the processes necessary in transforming a historical person into a dramatical character in a historical play?
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This study examines the process and methodology underlying the dramatization of a historical event with specific focus on transformation of a historical figure into a dramatic character. The study combines the use of playwriting guides, historical records, biographies of Henry VII as well as examples of historical plays by established authors such as Shakespeare to inform my own processes of writing a historical play centred on the character of Henry VII. Limiting the plot to a specific period in the reign of Henry VII, I have been able to identify and evaluate the process of transformation from historical person into dramatic character. While every effort has been made to stay close to the historical facts, the dramatization will always necessitate a level of artistic freedom that questions the level of authenticity any historical person will possess within dramatic writing.