Solo shows are starting to occupy a distinctive space in the Australian theatrical landscape. The origins can be discovered in oration which, through Greek theatre, is very much the foundation of contemporary western drama.
One-person plays have a directness that can be engaging as well as intimate; think of the soliloquies of Shakespeare. In a larger cast play, much of an actor’s journey is focused on interaction with the other players on stage. In a one-person show, that interaction is with the audience, who to all intents and purposes become the confidant or the other player.