To give a thorough grounding in the techniques, philosophy and practice
of developing solo material for the stage, taught from the personal perspective
of an experienced and successful practitioner in this discipline.
Students will be invited to create and develop their own solo performance project over the
duration of the course. The final session will see the projects completed with
a performance for the class.
This is not intended as a vocational course for actors: it is open to anyone who wishes to develop a
solo performance, whether for professional presentation or simply for personal self-development.
David will concentrate at each session on a specific aspect
of the development of solo performance, drawing on his own experience and
using live extracts from his own works to illustrate by example.
Active participation by all course students is essential and will be sensitively
encouraged and supported. At least half of each session will be given over to
discussing and work-shopping the studentsʼ course-work, towards developing
a finished final performance.
Tricks and Techniques gain a thorough grounding in the techniques,
philosophy and practice of developing solo material for the stage, taught from
the personal perspective of an experienced and successful practitioner in solo
A Solo Performance of Your Own the chance to develop and practise your
own monologue or performance piece in a sensitive and supportive
atmosphere with Davidʼs expert attention.
Fun David offers you an honest, funny and enlightening approach to
presenting yourself in public before an audience.
Something For Everyone!
These courses are aimed not only at professionals wishing to polish or
refocus their existing skills but at anyone wishing to explore these life-enhancing
techniques of self-presentation for their own self-development.
What You’ll Learn
• The Philosophy of Solo: the pros and cons of performing alone
• How To Be Alone on Stage: examples of types, styles of solo work (stand-up, dramatic monologue, character comedy)
• How to Choose your Subject
Engaging Your Audience
• Making an entrance – getting them to like you
• The Secrets of Narrative
• Unlocking the audienceʼs potential
• Using emotion and humour
• Autobiographical material
• Being ʻyourselfʼ
Mastering your Art
• Vocal and warm-ups techniques
• Overcoming Stage Fright
• Learning lines
• Building confidence
• How to use Sound and Lighting
• Costume and Props
Getting It On
• How to get your work ʻout thereʼ
• Funding and marketing
• Posters, PR and artwork