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How to Put on a One-Man Show

Learn to put on a one-man show by following these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Find inspiration Draw from your most memorable life experiences, or adapt a piece of writing you feel passionately about, and write a script about it.
  • TIP: Condense your material to include only the most powerful elements of the story.
  • Step 2: Choreograph Choreograph the show. Develop a plan for how to deliver lines at given moments and how to move your body to fit with those lines.
  • TIP: Work with a director.
  • Step 3: Practice Practice the show until every movement and every line is perfect.
  • Step 4: Find a space Shop around for the best space, and ask a lot of questions so you know of any potential pitfalls that might come with the venue.
  • Step 5: Get a production photograph Have a professional production photograph taken for your poster and send it out to the press to get attention for the show.
  • Step 6: Improvise Improvise during the show. React to what happens in the space and interact with the audience. Tailor your piece to the audience at each show, and they will respond positively.
  • FACT: Roy Dotrice holds the world record for solo performances at 1,782.

You Will Need

  • Script
  • Choreography
  • Practice
  • Performance space
  • Production photograph
  • Poster
  • Improvisation skills
  • Director (optional)

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