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One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre

 Can you really write a play that lasts a minute?
The one minute play offers a unique challenge to actors, directors and writers: how do you create a whole world, where actors have room to perform and where audiences have a true experience all in 60 seconds?

One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre demystifies the super-short-form play, demonstrating that this rich, accessible format offers great energy and variety not only to audiences but to everyone involved in its creation and performance. This handbook includes:

  • An anthology of 200 one-minute plays selected from the annual Gone in 60 Seconds festival.
  • A toolbox of exercises, methodologies and techniques for educators, practitioners and workshop leaders at all levels.
  • Tips and advice on the demands of storytelling, inclusivity and creative challenges.
  • Detailed practical information about creating your own minute festival, including play selection, running order, staging and marketing.
Drawing on a wealth of experience, Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek present an invaluable guide for anyone intrigued by the art of creating, producing and performing a one minute play.

To get your copy of the book follow the links below to Routledge Press or contact your local bookseller:

In the UK: One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre

In the U.S: One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre

What readers are saying about One Minute Plays:

As an in-depth guide to creating and staging an ensemble production of incredibly enjoyable theater, this volume is indispensable. OMP also includes a catalog of 200 one-minute plays that the authors have staged, and they are marvelous. Highly Recommended!
     –– Alex Bernstein, playwright

I use OMP to teach playwriting. Students often feel overwhelmed by the idea of writing a play. The resources and information in OMP helps my students grasp the concepts quickly. The one minute play allowed them to practice playwriting fundamentals repeatedly in a short amount of time. Reading and performing each others' plays is always a highlight of the semester. Ansell and Bonczek's text is accessible, informative and inspiring.
     - Elizabeth Ostler,  Fordham University, New York City

Truly practical. Very informative and easy to apply their ideas from the book into a classroom. The plays are divided up into easy access headings. The brevity of the plays make them useful for classwork or auditions or a full evening of thought provoking theater.
     –– James MacNerland, teacher, playwright