Contact: Clara Marullo (Email)

Presented by The Actors' Workshop

In theatre, where it seems that more and more performers compete for fewer and fewer jobs, the need to develop ways to create your own work is becoming an essential skill. A well thought out solo show can be a great place to start.

In this masterclass we will explore:

  • What makes a good solo show?
  • How to choose our topic
  • Working alone or with a director
  • Connecting with our audience
  • Design, sound and lighting
  • The question of Stage management – how to transport the show
  • Where to find an audience – the festival circuit – rural touring
  • Flexibility!
  • The importance of reviews – Promoting the show

We will be putting work on its feet as well as discussing the more practical aspects.

Please bring a favourite piece of writing to work with  – a novel, a poem, something you have written yourself, a story you want to improvise around. Some form of note taking is highly recommended.

Kim Hicks is a 7th generation actor who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has remained living here for her entire working life. She has a wide experience of the profession on stage, screen and radio. Kim is best known for her one woman shows – “Courtship” – scenes from the novels of Jane Austen (which launched in 1981 – the year after she left Theatre School and has toured to America, Australia and Germany),  “Couples?” – Short stories and Poetry by Dorothy Parker, “All Aboard” – a voyage on board the SS Great Britain created from passenger diaries written on board – and “Hers was the Earth” – The extraordinary life of Victorian Novelist and Egyptologist Amelia Edwards. “Sarah Guppy – The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth”, written for her by Sheila Hannon, it is currently being lined up for a tour during 2019.

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