The Fast Show: Lifts

  • About this Workshop

    Everything is done in a day followed by a show in the evening! Students work in full group ensemble and pairs from very short scripts and interpret them for a 60 minute performance, titled Fast Show, with a live audience.
    Students are challenged to change & adapt them in as many ways as possible by using different theatre styles (Musical theatre/Improvisation/Brecht/Tragi-comedy) & concepts (Space/Time/Relationships/Situation).

    The Fast Show is special because over the past 5 years in been done many times in many different countries and cultures with many different kinds of groups: high school, college, acting studios, and it always works in some form or another. Always!

    LIFT(S) is a title chosen by HCAC students. Every minute of the 2 and a half days of workshops lead up to a 60 minute performance: LIFT(S). Using a range of different theatre styles and using as much physical space within HCAC as possible, the ensemble explore what LIFT(S) means to them in order to physically connect the show with a live audience. Above all, though, it's about the process of Creative Play and transmitting it to a live audience.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    All performers over 18 and have at least some experience in acting or actor training. All performers with an interesting, creative skill set who are given the freedom within LIFT(S) to express themselves. All performers who like working with other like minded performers within a strong supportive ensemble.
    All performers who want to challenge themselves and their audience.

Workshop Fees:


    • Pay in Full Pay a Deposit Amount


26th April 2020, Sunday, 1:00pm – 10:30pm
27th April 2020, Monday, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
1st May 2020, Friday, 7:30am – 10:30pm

Public showcase on 2nd May, Saturday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Workshop Breakdown: 

26th April 2020, Sunday, 1:00pm – 10:30pm:

  • Ensemble bring in ALL LIFT(S) related ideas and musical instruments/objects.
  • Overview meeting for everyone.
  • Physical/vocal ensemble warmups throughout the day.
  • Brainstorm all LIFT(S) ideas and Theatre Styles list/Concept list.
  • Over the day, put all working ideas into working blueprint for 60 minute show.
  • Discuss HOW the HCAC space can be used as much as possible. Ensemble chooses the best work for next session.


27th April 2020, Monday, 7:30pm – 10:30pm: 

  • Bring in all new ideas for the show plus musical instruments/costume/objects.
  • Overview meeting/review yesterday’s work.
  • Physical/vocal warm ups.
  • Develop & expand all ideas in the session. Ensemble choose all the best work for next session.


1st May 2020, Friday, 7:30am – 10:30pm:

  • Bring in new ideas. Cut off point for all new ideas.
  • Overview meeting/review yesterday’s work.
  • Vocal/physical ensemble warmups.
  • Develop/expand ALL ideas. Finalise the show.
  • Run through all work and run the show in as many different ways as possible plus constructive notes/ feedback/comments. Discuss how best the HCAC space can be used.


Public showcase on 2nd May, Saturday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm: Meet for a vocal/physical ensemble warm up, set the space, do the show. Final meeting/wind down.



  • A 100% devised process of working.
  • Ensemble building.
  • Use of new theatre styles.
  • Developing and expanding your own creative skill set.


  • The collaborative process of devising a themed show within a short space of time.
  • Using theatre styles you haven’t ever used.
  • Forming and being a part of a fully functioning ensemble group.
  • Connecting both emotionally and physically with a live audience.
  • Lastly, learning how to create a sense of creative play.
20% Early-Bird Discount

For workshops starting in Jan 2020, enter “earlys2″ from 16 Feb 2020 to 1 March 2020.

30% Bundle Discount

Purchase any two workshops with the code “bundledeal

25% for all workshops with HCAC Student Card (No Expiry) Apply here.

Payment Plans Available
We allow installments in 2 payments. The option to pay in installments will be available on the workshop page.
Installments are only available for 8-week workshops and short intensives.

“Out of Stock” means the workshop is full. Email us at with your Name, Email & Contact Number to request to be on the waiting list.

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Is it possible to do a 60 minute show in 2 and a half days?

Yes! High school and college students often work like that. Rep companies too. Japanese kabuki rehearse a maximum of 3 and Olde England used to do the same.

What is the learning objective of doing it this way?

It focuses the ensemble. It makes performers offer and help each other out more. There is no time for faff. We follow only the good ideas that we all like. The time pushes us and challenges us.

How is it done? What is the secret?

THE ENSEMBLE IS ALL: by making the group into a solid, supportive, confident collaborative unit which believes it can do anything! And of course, it can! By using and developing the creative skill set of every single performer in the ensemble. By each person believing in themselves and each other.

Where is the script?

I get asked this a lot. There isn’t one. Everything in the show is devised from scratch. All your ideas make up the work-show. The more ideas everyone gets, the more creative fun we have, the better the show is, the more interesting it all is for a live audience.

What if we don’t have any ideas?

In 25 years of doing workshops, we’ve never had THAT problem.

So, how will the instructor,  Neil Farrelly be involved? 

He takes all of your LIFT(S) ideas and continually add to them and find ways to develop and expand them with you and put them into the Fast Show blueprint for an audience to watch and enjoy.

From all the past Fast Shows, what is the most important thing?

Showing belief and confidence in yourselves, in the group ensemble, and in your audience! Feel that, and anything’s possible.

About the Instructor

Neil Farrelly

Neil Farrelly studied at University of Middlesex, London, Neil studied Performing Arts at University of Middlesex, London, and, after graduating, set up his own theatre company. For the past twenty years, he has been based in Asia teaching, directing, consulting and performing with all levels of students. Neil has worked with street children in Calcutta, elementary to college level in India and Japan, International Schools in China, Middle East and SE. Asia, IB students , and drama schools students in the UK.

In 2003, he set up Nose2Nose Ltd, a creative arts company, with Timothy and Ben Mann. Since then, the company has toured extensively on an annual basis all over Asia at festivals, events, schools and colleges. The latest production, ‘SPACE’, a one-man show by Timothy Mann, directed by Neil, has been toured from Turkey, Middle East, India and East Asia, as well as festivals in the UK. Neil also works for the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) as a workshop leader , and regularly collaborates on creative projects with other artists all over Asia. His first book, ‘Girls are our Future,’ was published in 2017,  and is busy working on numerous future books. He lives with his Japanese wife and Italian dog in North Japan.

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