Solo Show Creation Lab
If you are an actor or comedian who:
• has an idea for solo show but can’t seem to get started
• is struggling with blank-page paralyses, overwhelm, what-to-do-next syndrome or self-doubt
• is craving camaraderie, inspiration, guidance and deadlines to take your solo show out of your head and into the world
… then this Solo Show Creation Lab is for you.
This 6-week course will give a carefully selected group of actors and comedians the tools, skills, deadlines and confidence to create the incredible solo show they’ve been dreaming of, in a fun, dynamic and supportive environment.
Over the course of the Lab, I will guide the group through my own solo creation process, which I’ve honed over the last decade creating and touring solos internationally. Step-by-step, we’ll cover generating material, editing on your feet, finding the right narrative arch, incorporating design considerations and how to pitch your show to venues and apply for funding.
In the true spirit of a Laboratory, these 6 weeks will be all about about testing, experimentation and practice. Each week I’ve give a brief lecture based on my methodology (with loads tips and shortcuts to save you from making my mistakes!), there will conversation about solo performance and tons of practical writing and performing exercises and tasks that will put you in touch with your instincts, develop your idea and your voice, help you make big strides with your creative process and get comfortable performing solo. Participants will regularly perform their work for each other and will be expected to complete some homework in between sessions.
The Lab will culminate with an informal Scratch Performance (13 May) for an invited audience. This performance will be filmed, so each participant will leave, not only feeling super confident in their solo skills and with concrete next steps for their project, but also with video documentation of their work which they can use when applying for funding and/or when pitching their show to venues.
If you’re interested in participating in the Lab, please fill out the following form. Space is limited to 8 participants, so apply early.
want to know more? read on…
Who is the Lab for?
This Solo Show Creation Lab is for actors and comedians, living in London (UK), who are serious about creating a solo show, but:
Are paralysed by the blank page
Have never written a solo show, a full-length show, a show for themself or for a character, or never written at all
Have an idea for a solo show but aren’t sure what steps to take to turn it into a show
Have a whole bunch of material for a solo show but don’t know how to structure it
Are scared about being alone on stage
Have trouble staying motivated and focussed when working alone and/or without deadlines
What can I expect from the Lab?
Based on Haley’s experience creating, performing and touring award-winning solo shows over the last 10 years, the lab will provide participants a fun, dynamic and supportive environment to transform their idea into a solo show. The lab will offer participants:
Practical skills and tools that put you in touch with your instincts and unleash your creative voice
Methodical steps and assignments that guide you through the process of transforming the idea in your head into a show
Deadlines and accountability to ensure you complete your show
Exercises that break down creative blocks
Why and how to consider design and aesthetics in your creation process
Time management tips to avoid overwhelm, procrastination and panic
Systems to find the right structure for your show
Haley’s approach to workshopping, re-writing and editing solo shows
Space and time to work on your feet, get comfortable being alone on stage and hone solo performance skills
Homework assignments to help you make big strides with your show
Video footage of our final Scratch Night, that can be used when seeking funding or when introducing your show to venues
You’ll leave the lab with concrete next steps for your terrific solo show
Haley McGee has been creating, performing and touring solo shows since 2009, alongside a busy career as an actor, writer and voiceover artist. Her solo shows have won awards and accolades, including “Best Production” at United Solo NYC, the world’s largest solo show festival. Here solos have played in over 36 venues in 11 countries around the world and been translated into 4 languages.
Her solos have been described as “defiantly distinctive” (★★★★ The Scotsman), “brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant” (Lyn Gardner, StageDoor), and “deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest” (Exeunt).
Haley has 6 years of teaching experience, leading workshops and classes for students in high school and university. She believes confidence in anything is built through practice and loves helping artists dare to create the shows they want to make.
How to take part
If you’re interested in being part of the Solo Show Creation Lab, please fill out this short application form.
When: Monday evenings. 7-10pm. 8 April - 13 May, 2019.
Where: 504 Arch in Brixton (London, UK).
Price: £267 (£100 deposit to hold your place. Remainder due 1 April.)