MonologueSlam is a nationwide industry showcase for actors from all backgrounds. Twenty actors are given the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of industry professionals who are in a position to move their careers forward. This event helps performers that may not have access to the usual routes into the industry and provides agents and casting directors with an avenue to source fresh talent.
The show consists of a youth round (performers aged between 11-17) 1 minute round and 3 minute round for actors aged 18+, where each actor will perform a monologue of their choice.
Winners from the regional events are invited to perform at the National Final in December at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, for a chance to be crowned National Champion. The champion will take home an extensive prize package designed to take their career to the next level.
See what Coventry has to offer on 22 November at The Belgrade Theatre. Tickets are available to book now.
At TriForce, we’re committed to making our events accessible to everyone. MonologueSlam Coventry is held at The Belgrade Theatre which is an accessible venue. Find out more here. If you have any access requirements you’d like to discuss ahead of attending the show, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Different by Josef Arnone
Paula by Gabriel Okafor
1 Minute Round
The Evangelist by Sam Thompson
Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll by Eric Bogosian
People by Alan Wales
3 Minute Round
Bazaar and Rummage by Sue Townsend
Little Baby Jesus by Arinze Kene
Kate O’Reilly is a talent agent at WGM Talent Agency with offices in both London and Manchester. Having worked as a barrister for many years, Kate decided to listen to her creative side and turn to agenting as part of the WGM team. Since then, she has landed actors major parts in stage, television and film and continues to develop talent into fulfilling their potential.
Kim Hackleman moved to Coventry from the U.S.A. where she trained and was a freelance actress, director, writer and teacher. Currently she is on staff at the Belgrade Theatre where she leads Belgrade LifeStage (the groundbreaking, work-related learning programme that works with young people who are not achieving their full potential within the mainstream education system). In the past among other things she has also directed the youth theatre productions of The Beauty Manifesto, Zero for the Youth Dudes! and Tethered to the Light, toured to schools as an actress in Becoming Me and Room to Grow, and produced the Belgrade Theatre’s partner theatre festival for National Theatre Connections.
Jennifer is a director and a producer. She is a junior associate at the King’s Head Theatre and a Theatre Absolute associate artist. Jennifer was a director on the Birmingham REP’s Foundry programme (2014 – 2015) and graduated from the King’s Head Trainee Resident Director programme in 2016. Her directing credits include (sorry), (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and Birmingham REP), A Haunting (Belgrade Theatre, VAULT Festival 2017 and King’s Head Theatre). Associate directing credits include Strangers in Between (Trafalgar Studios 2 and King’s Head Theatre). In 2014, Jennifer co-founded Shoot Festival; a platform for early career artists making work in Coventry and Warwickshire. Shoot is a Springboard company at the Belgrade Theatre.
Finley-Rose Townsend is a Leicester born and Birmingham based theatre director. Finley-Rose studied Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham. Finley-Rose joined The Birmingham REP’s Foundry in 2017 as a Resident Director, directing productions and sharings such as West by Patrick Russell. She is currently programmed as a part of The Birmingham REP’s Foundry Festival where she is directing Sue Townsend’s Mr Muscles in The DOOR. Finley-Rose has worked as an Assistant Director on Hayley Pepler’s regional tour of In The Motherhood, 2016 and also on Young REP productions such as Born Offenders and Remember, Remember. In 2017 Finley-Rose was awarded the JMK Assistant Director bursary for Tessa Walker’s Christmas Production of The 101 Dalmatians at The Birmingham REP. She is currently working as a co-director for Women and Theatre’s Youth Theatre company, Word Lounge on their upcoming production Hurricane. Finley-Rose also works as a producer for BE FESTIVAL.
Balisha and Finley-Rose work frequently together as co-directors.
Balisha Karra is a Birmingham born theatre director. Currently working between London and Birmingham.
Theatre as Assistant Director includes: How to Spot an Alien; Island Town, Sticks and Stones (Paines Plough); Present Laughter (Chichester); Freeman (Strictly Arts UK tour). Theatre as Trainee Assistant Director includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic). Balisha has held positions as Resident Trainee Director at Paines Plough and Resident Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Foundry. She is the current Baylis Assistant Director at The Old Vic, assisting Emma Rice
on Wise Children and recipient of the Florence Kleiner Bursary.
Directing credits include: Associate director for Tamasha’s Playwright’s group and Kali’s Discovery programme.