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Artist Development: Starting a Solo Show

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6 July at 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

As part of her residency at The Old Electric, Martha Pailing brings a one-off workshop on how to start your own solo show.

If any of the following questions have ever entered your mind, then this is workshop is for you:

What’s the first step to making a solo show?
Can I go it completely alone?
How do I motivate myself in the rehearsal room?
How do I generate a whole hour of decent material?
What the eff is a R&D?
Am I even a real artist if I’m not making loads of ££ from start to finish?

The creative journey of a solo show can look very different for each artist but there are a few commonalties that weave through many.

This workshop will offer support in arguably the most challenging bits in the solo creating process – the start! Using Pailing’s personal experience of ‘making solo stuff’, this afternoon will provide a supportive space for artists to explore, develop, share and embrace their creativity, as well as understanding some of the practical bits.

This workshop is aimed at early career theatre makers, performers, spoken word artists (and all those who fall somewhere in between) who are thinking about making their own solo show. Please have your lunch before (nothing creatively good ever came from an empty stomach) and bring something to write on/with.


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About Martha Pailing

Martha Pailing is a writer, spoken word and performance artist. Her writing often blends personal material with fictional characters to create absurd and tender narratives. MP’s work considers what it is to remain empathetic and soft in a brutal, emotionally temperamental world.

MP’s past work includes commissions for the Roundhouse, The Royal Court, Essex Book Festival, METAL Southend and Penned In The Margins. She has performed across the UK including the Roundhouse, The Royal Court, the Barbican Centre, LADA, People’s Palace, Curve Theatre, Bootleg Social and, of course, The Old Electric.