Is it possible to do a 60 minute show in 2 and a half days?
Yes! High school and college students often work like that. Rep companies too. Japanese kabuki rehearse a maximum of 3 and Olde England used to do the same.
What is the learning objective of doing it this way?
It focuses the ensemble. It makes performers offer and help each other out more. There is no time for faff. We follow only the good ideas that we all like. The time pushes us and challenges us.
How is it done? What is the secret?
THE ENSEMBLE IS ALL: by making the group into a solid, supportive, confident collaborative unit which believes it can do anything! And of course, it can! By using and developing the creative skill set of every single performer in the ensemble. By each person believing in themselves and each other.
Where is the script?
I get asked this a lot. There isn’t one. Everything in the show is devised from scratch. All your ideas make up the work-show. The more ideas everyone gets, the more creative fun we have, the better the show is, the more interesting it all is for a live audience.
What if we don’t have any ideas?
In 25 years of doing workshops, we’ve never had THAT problem.
So, how will the instructor, Neil Farrelly be involved?
He takes all of your LIFT(S) ideas and continually add to them and find ways to develop and expand them with you and put them into the Fast Show blueprint for an audience to watch and enjoy.
From all the past Fast Shows, what is the most important thing?
Showing belief and confidence in yourselves, in the group ensemble, and in your audience! Feel that, and anything’s possible.