I am a director, playwright, and theatre critic with a Masters in Writing for Performance. You can check out my my portfolio and musings at www.samsaradunston.blogspot.com.au
Published March 1st 2011
Did you ever put on shows for your parents when you were a child? You don't have to neglect your creative side just because you've grown up; in fact, as an adult, you've now got more resources at your disposal.
Before you begin, let your friends know what you are planning to do and ask them if they would like to join in. Once you know how many people are participating, you can plan what sort of show you would like to perform. If no one is interested, don't despair – there are plenty of one man shows you can execute.
In a talent shows, groups or individuals each have a turn at demonstrating their talent. The possibilities are endless – acting, singing, circus skills. This is the easiest option, as each individual performer is responsible for the content. The downside is that it requires a lot of participants. You should have at least six different acts.
Putting on a play is a little trickier. You will need a director and actors and will also need to create costumes and sets. On the plus side, the number of participants is flexible. If you've only got a few participants they can double up on roles, while extra actors can accommodate crowd scenes. If you know someone who is good at writing, you can write your own play to accommodate your actors.
One man show
If you can't find anyone to perform with, try a stand up comedy routine, magic act, dance, dramatic monologue or poetry recital.
The next most important thing is a performance space. You will need something big enough to accommodate a stage and an audience. You could use your garage or backyard, a community hall or look in to hiring out a professional theatre space.
Finally, you will need an audience. Set a date or dates for your performance and get advertising. Facebook and local community boards can be used to get the word out for free. If you are willing to pay, try putting an ad in your local paper.