1st Edition

One Minute Plays
A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre

ISBN 9781138675063
Published February 20, 2017 by Routledge
396 Pages

USD $39.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Writing for Short Form Theatre

Chapter 2: Acting and Directing in Short Form Theatre

Chapter 3: Application in Education

Chapter 4: Creating Your Own One Minute Play Festival

Chapter 5: Anthology of One Minute Plays

Introduction/Guide to Anthology

Universal Theme

Adult Theme

Youth Appropriate


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Steve Ansell is a professional theatre director and the artistic director of [email protected] at The University of Leeds, UK. He is also artistic director of Screaming Media Productions, and founder of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): The International One Minute Play Festival.

Rose Burnett Bonczek is director of the BFA Acting program and a professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, US. She is also the festival director and producer of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): The International One Minute Play Festival, US Edition. She is the co-author of Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide with David Storck.