MonologueSlam UK returns to The REP!
Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines undertake a gruelling series of auditions, including a youth round for 11-18 year olds, before 22 of them are chosen to perform in front of an audience and to impress a panel of professionals who are in a position to progress their careers. MonologueSlam UK brings you the newest and most exciting talent in the UK!
Hosted by Dean Smith (Last Tango in Halifax) and with special guests to boot this will be a fun night out full of talent!
See you in Birmingham again soon!
Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
Leah’s Monologue by Dennis Kelly
1 Minute Round
‘Clipped’ by Stephanie Lacey
A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes by Marcus Gardly
3 Minute Round
When a Man Loves a Woman by Ronald Bass & Al Franken
David wrote his first script at the age of 14 and later went on to study Psychology and Drama at the University of Wales before studying film at Bristol University.
He became one of the BBC’s youngest Producer/Directors at the age of 23.
His first film was made for BBC Arts. He went on to direct The Shock of the New which became the most successful arts programme ever made with an audience of over 25 million in the states on its initial broadcast and was voted one of the top 100 TV programmes ever made.
He has directed shows from Eastenders to Shameless and has filmed around the world. He has a reputation for spectacular stunts and has won The Spectacular Scene Award in the Soap Awards. Once asked what he did for a living he replied: “Well I kill people and blow things up.” He went on to produce and direct Hollyoaks for eight years.
More David took two years out from directing to write two feature film scripts before coming to Birmingham to direct Doctors.
David spends a lot of time working with casting directors and is keen to encourage and use new talent.
Peter Eryl Lloyd
Series Producer – Doctors
Peter began his career as an actor and theatre director before moving into television. He graduated to floor manager in BBC Features and Leisure at Pebble Mill before moving to BBC Manchester as an Assistant Producer in the Children’s dept.
For BBC Drama, Peter has worked in most production departments: props, locations, first and second assistant; and after seven years, he trained to become a script editor.
Peter has script edited Dalziel and Pascoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Dangerfield.
Peter is currently Series Producer of Doctors which employs over 800 actors a year
Billy trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating in 2013 his acting credits include: The Great War (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Peak Practice (ITV), Brother Ladvenu, The Lark (Cockpit Theatre), George, A Million Little Hands (Arts Theatre) Ferdinand, The Tempest (Minack Theatre), Puck, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Outdoor UK Tour).
His Associate/Directing Credits include: The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre) The Father (Trafalgar Studios), The Mentalists (Wyndhams Theatre, West End) The Cocktail Party (The Print Room) Moonfleece (The Print Room) You, Maverick (Arcola Theatre), Life’s a Blague (Soho Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Crescent Theatre).
Billy is currently working at the Birmingham REP as their Agent for Change.
Andrew Prendergast has been Commercial Manager at Parkside Mediahouse since 2015 during which time he has forged links with local and national production companies and brought commercial media production into the studio facilities. Recent clients include BBC, Affixxius Films and Invisible Artists who used the studios to produce broadcast and online content. While at the studios Andrew produced the feature film ‘An American Exorcism’, the first in a planned series of features for the studios. Before his current role, Andrew produced commercials for Vermillion Films, video games for Konami and produced and directed feature films for the Sci Fi Channel for 8 years in Los Angeles while selling intellectual property including the 2000AD catalogue to major studios through representation at ICM. He is the recipient of the DTI International Secondment Award and of the Coca Cola Best Film Award for his graduation film from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.
Jake works closely with the RSC’s Artistic team providing administrative support for selected productions in Stratford- Upon-Avon, London and on tour both across the UK and Internationally. Day to day duties can include: contracting with venues, drafting and managing production budgets, contract negotiation with creative teams, R&D projects, coordination of RSC online concept trailers, assisting in the management of the RSC Emerging Director programme. In addition to these duties Jake is lead producer of smaller scale RSC projects.
Prior to the RSC Jake worked in a similar role at Chichester Festival Theatre and before that worked as an Assistant/ Deputy Stage Manager for a number of companies across the UK (ZHO Visual Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, Bolton Octagon Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Goodnight Mister Tom Ltd) . Jake trained in Theatre and Performance Technology at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts).
Robert is an actor, writer, and more recently an agent, with over 30 years experience in the business. He was a director of the award winning Tic Toc Theatre Company from the early 80s until 1991, producing and performing in all of their plays, notably Hooligans which won a Fringe First, ran at the Donmar Warehouse, and was recorded as a television play by Yorkshire TV.
With Tic Toc he also helped run a business that promoted performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival like Mike Myers, Frank Skinner, Lee Evans, Harry Enfield, Julian Clary, and many others .
Robert has worked across all disciplines in the business, and has an MA in TV Scriptwriting from De Montfort University, an avenue he is keen to develop further.
In 2012 Robert set up Red Talent Management, representing professional actors and creatives. The agency is growing in strength and numbers, and the team are big fans of Monologue Slam, having a few Winners on the slate, including Aimee Powell, Vincent Fox, Charlie Ives and young actor Billy Vale. Good luck to everyone performing tonight.
Robert is also chair of Live and Local, an Arts Council funded organisation promoting rural touring across seven Midlands counties.
Frances Land has worked in theatre since the late 1980s firstly as a performer and since 2008 as a Director. The work she has been involved in has been across a range of scales and locations. Her passion is in creating new work drawn from those real life stories we rarely get to hear and in reaching audiences who rarely if ever have the opportunity to enter the doors of a building based theatre.
Since 2005 Frances has been the Co-Artistic Director of Black Country Touring (BCT), an arts organisation working across the four local authority areas of Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton. The company brings professional dance and theatre to communities across the area and creates new productions born out of the stories of the diverse communities who live in the region. BCT productions are developed through a process of research, training local volunteers to gather and record stories relevant to the theme and by then working collaboratively with professional artists and volunteers to devise the work.
Co Artistic Director on production work with Black Country Touring includes:
2006 – Apna Ghar – a site specific production based on stories from South Asian women who settled in the Black Country.
2008 – The Corner Shop – a site specific production for empty shop units based on stories from local shopkeepers and their families from the 1950’s to the present day.
2012 – Eat! – a production in four caravans based on stories collected around the joyous and often complex relationship we have with food.
2017 – Life’s a Beach
September 2014 – Black Country Creative People & Places – Currently Interim Director for an Arts Council funded project to develop audiences and arts activity across the Black Country an area of high social deprivation and low engagement with the arts.
2008 – 2012 Foursight Theatre Company – Co Artistic Director. The company specialised in devised theatre and women’s stories. Productions included: Reans Girls, Pertencia and Can Any Mother Help me?
“One of the most exciting upcoming youth theatre groups in Birmingham.” Love Midlands Theatre on ‘13’.
From the mind of Lin Manuel-Miranda, the genius behind the multi-award winning HAMILTON comes a musical that tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighbourhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS was the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
BITA are a drama school run by not-for-profit arts groups 4Stage Arts Ltd and trains young people from the ages of 12-19 weekly during term time.