Exploring Solo Performance

The Roundhouse

Want to develop a variety of performance styles that are anything but mainstream? 

Come and discover your hidden talents in comedy, cabaret and story-telling across this ten-week project. 

What will I get from taking part?
By the end of the project you will:

  • Have developed skills in a large range of solo performance and cabaret techniques (including monologue, stand-up comedy, story-telling, hosting and compering, writing, creating a character, physical performance and live art).
  • Have experience in all the stages of planning and delivering a solo act; from writing to producing to performing.
  • Have developed more confidence in yourself as a solo performer.
  • Discovered new and alternative techniques, styles and methods which aren’t taught in mainstream ‘acting’ or ‘dance’ classes.
  • Met and built a network of both professional and aspiring cabaret and performance artists.
  • Find out about the business side of being a professional artist, how to market yourself and where to find further development opportunities.
  • The project will lead up to a ‘scratch’ style performance of one (or more) of the skills of your choice, for invited friends, family and industry.

Who will be teaching the project? 
Professional directors and theatremakers from award-winning theatre and cabaret company Finger in the Pie plus other visiting guest tutors who are experts in their field.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
Enthusiasm, an open mind and a willingness to try something new – you won’t be asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with but you will be experimenting with a range of performance styles. 

Some experience and basic skills in drama, dance or similar would be useful, but are not necessary. 

Is there anything I need to bring or wear? 
Wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring a notebook and pen.

Are bursaries available? 
Yes – if you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare find out how you can get support.

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