WHAT IS MICRO-THEATER?
Micro-Theater is an increasingly recognized theater format. It’s a part of the performance that consists of the portrayal of a show in a period not surpassing 20 minutes with two or three actors on stage.
It has indistinguishable attributes from a long-running theatrical play (script, costumes, characterization …) only a more limited time.
It takes place in small rooms where the general public has the opportunity to be closer to the actors, thus giving them the feeling of being integrated into the play.
WHY IS IT INTERESTING?
- Live contact with the public. What makes the micro theater unique and diverse is thecloseness that is being created between actors and the public. The actors do interact with theviewers, and consequently the audience feels part of the play and not just an observer….
The audience are not comng to see a show, however, they’re going to live it.During the act of the play, a real connection is generated with the viewer, in light of the fact that the spectators are closer to the actors to the extent that he can feel their breath or see them
blink. The feeling of intimacy is an attractive one that results in the interaction and emotional connection between the viewers and the actors.”Micro theater is often based on emotion”
- Play and improvisation
Micro theater plays are lively and brimming with energy and fun. The public are always different and extremely present. Therefore, actors listen and flow with the energy of the audience to adapt
to it. They are always open to the unexpected. The normal is to follow the script, but there is also free time for improvisation, especially when interacting with the public. Sometimes viewers are often
part of the set, and actors move around, offering different position or points of view.
- Adapting to our time
Theater has had a multitude of formats throughout its history and its quality lies in its ability to adapt to new times.
The plays of Micro-theater connects to our modern times. Due to how close the audience is to the actors, micro theater is full of close-ups, which attracts a customary audience interested in the audiovisual.
- It’s only 20 minutes
Normally, several sessions are held a day. This is an advantage for the public since it allows them to choose the time that suits them best. It’s likewise a point in favor for the organizers because that’s the way the number of spectators multiplies. Sessions can be repetitions of the same play or different works. In the second case, the viewer can choose both the time he wants to spend in the theater and the price he wants to pay (depending on the number of plays he wants to see).
Given its small format characteristic, a micro-theater play can be adapted to any space (theater rooms, café-theater, bars …) This last option is becoming fashionable lately. There are loads of bars with a space enabled for shows. You go in for a drink and go down to watch a show. Sometimes a drink is included with the ticket.
- Stage Design and Costumes
The scenery and costumes usually have a minimalist touch. This makes the production expense low.
- There are hundreds of venue in constant search of projects.
- It is necessary to capture the attention from the very beginning. There is no time to make the viewer gradually get into the play. The actor’s energy must be of a 100% and he must be able to transmit that energy to the public in just 15 minutes. There are almost no pauses between one function and the other, each audience are different and a different atmosphere is being created. So the actor has to be active and there has to be a lot of listening.
- You have to be selective and find stories that really capture the viewer’s attention and involve it. Continuous search and innovation.