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THE SOLO SHOW
What is it?
Also called a ‘one man show’, this type of performance by a single individual on stage can cover anything from a stand-up comic’s piece through to a complex dramatic narrative told by multiple characters, yet all played by the one actor (yes- this includes things as challenging as Hamlet!) The misleading thing about the ‘one man show’ is that it very rarely only involves one person.
Often there will be designers, directors, co-writers, composers and other key creatives that will be on board to help create and produce the final product that will be performed by one man (or woman).
This type of individual performance can also combine a mix of cabaret, vaudeville, music, dance, poetry (anything you can think of) to create a highly entertaining piece of solo performance that could last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. There are no rules!
For whom it is for and what are the benefits?
Solo show projects are for anyone who has an idea. Putting together a one man show is not dependent upon using a pre-existing script or a script that was written specifically for one performer (i.e. the Hamlet example used early in this article). An inspiring example is actor and solo performer Matt Hoverman, an actor who has created several solo shows through his own personal experiences. Visit http://www.matthoverman.com/Solo_Shows.html to read about how he took the simple idea of his work as a temp on Wall Street and turned it into a highly dynamic concept complete with a storyline and a cast of characters. In doing this he has created something that is uniquely his and is telling it in the way that is true to his own performance style. Hoverman has then taken it one step further by understanding the collaborative quality that solo shows can have and the value of an ‘outside eye’ (it can often be quite difficult to assess what you are performing whilst you are performing in it.) As a result of this observation he has assisted in the creation of over 100 solo performances. You should visit http://www.createyourownsoloshow.com/ to learn more about how this works. Finally, it is also worth noting that a lot of very well known characters started from being developed on their own by the actor portraying them, long before they were ever incorporated into scripts (Sacha Baron Cohen’s character of Borat is a prime example of this) so even if the idea of performing it all on your own isn’t your ideal situation, working on a solo project could still hold some value for you.
The Solo Show or one man show as it is sometimes called is another way that you can use your acting skills.
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