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Create your own One Person Show

Who could benefit from this course?

  • Anyone interested in creating their own work
  • Performers wishing to create a monologue, one-person show, stand up act or performance poetry act
  • Artists wanting an opportunity to showcase themselves and their work to an invited audience   
  • Performers wishing to create solo improvised theatre, theatrical memoir or storytelling, or forum theatre work
  • Performers wishing to create narrative based visual or devised theatre   

How does it work?
A group of no more than 6 performers will work on...

  • Writing & re-drafting material (or sourcing a writer / script).
  • Finding editors & sounding boards ( or adapting a script).
  • Performance skills & techniques.
  • Test your material in a small group of supportive peers
  • Working with a Director.
  • Technical & Backstage considerations.
  • Booking venues, (inc. Register with “The Fringe”)
  • Publicity, including dealing with Press, Media & Social Media, & the Web.
  • Arranging ticketing, & front of house.
  • The Premiere
  • Collecting & Using feedback.

What do you gain?
The course will culminate in a scratch performance of your work in front of an invited audience at The Cockpit Theatre

Dates, Times & Cost
Monday 12 June - 17 July, 6:30PM - 10:00PM (There is no class on June 26th, and the showcase will be on July 17th)

£310 (10% off for  Vanguard Members. There are a limited number of Vanguard place available and you must be logged in for the discount.)


Teacher/Creator Biog
Jonathan Brown (Artistic director of Something Underground Theatre Company) has been performing since 2000, writing and performing one-person shows since 2006, and writing, performing & directing plays for casts since 2011, receiving 5 & 4 Star reviews, and awards including...

  •     Best Male Performer Winner (Brighton Fringe 2013),
  •     Winner Best New Play Award (Brighton Fringe 2012)
  •     Jonathan’s one woman show Smoking Ban won the performer Kate Goodfellow Best Female performer award, Brighton Fringe 2014, and the show was longlisted for an Amnesty International Award
  •     His one woman show, Betsy Wisdom of a Brighton Whore achieved many 5 star reviews, and in 2013 its performer, Rachel Guershon, was nominated Best Female Performer Brighton Fringe.


"I cannot thank you enough.... I have now been commissioned not only as an actor but also as a writer. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a story to tell.” Lorna Gayle - "Nine Night" 2017
"...exactly what I needed…. deadlines to meet and a safe encouraging environment. Jonathan gives well balanced guidance …. offers handy tips and direction. I took the show to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes, and soon in New York!” Clare Rebekah Pointing - “Delphine” 2015
"...the springboard I needed to take my seed of an idea from a dream to an award-winning solo show.  I'm very grateful."  Kate Darach - “Moontales" 2014/2015
"I'll always be grateful that you and your workshop gave me the courage to start and the confidence to go on with (my) show (Winner Argus Angel Award 2013, and toured internationally since)" Paddy O’Keeffe - "Bernard Shaw Invites You” 2012
"Found this course so helpful, so much fabulous support and input not only from Jonathan but also the other participants. I learned much, laughed lots and achieved far more than I hoped. Can't recommend it enough. If ya thinking about it DO IT!!!" Lianne Campbell  - "Lessons From Leela” 2016
"Jonathan is a master of blocking" Terianne Falcone - "Good Grief” 2015
  •  Jonathan mentored playwright Lorraine Mullaney with her play (Unclouded Moon) that went on to be shortlisted Best New Play Brighton Fringe 2014.
  • Two previous participants of the course (Kate Darach and Paddy O Keefe) have gone on to Win Brighton Argus Angel Awards, in 2013 and in 2015 Brighton Fringe’s, with their one person shows    David Stephens & Rachel Clatworthy went on to perform at Brighton Fringe 2015
  •   John Hoggett has gone on to perform his one man show at regular events.
  •   Sarah Charsley and Clare Rebekkah Pointing went on to perform their shows at Brighton Fringe 2016, and Clare also at Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
  •   Lianne Campbell has gone on to perform “Lessons from Leela” at several events across the region.

This course is part of Cockpit Career Builder. High quality professional training accessible and affordable to all.
These classes and workshops are designed to give the practical support and skills needed by performers new to, or looking to break into, the industry. Also aimed at actors already working but wanting to gain the experience and confidence to break into a new area of performance.
Our tutors are all working actors and directors with many years of experience in TV, Film and Theatre. Together they provide a storehouse of knowledge and techniques, helping new actors gain the tools and self assurance they need to gain work in the profession. Many classes have small numbers of students, enabling personal tuition and feedback. Teaching is tailored to the groups and students receive personal attention enabling them to grow as performers.