MonologueSlam UK at Mercury Theatre Colchester!
MonologueSlam UK is THE industry showcase for actors. The showcase takes place across the UK with an annual national final in London in December. The only industry showcase to be sponsored by casting directory Spotlight, MonologueSlam UK is renowned for offering a direct link between talent and the industry. Following a lengthy audition process, 22 actors are given the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and an industry panel. An added element of competition raises the stakes for the chosen performers. MonologueSlam UK brings you the most exciting new UK talent!
MonologueSlam UK Essex is hosted by actor Dean Smith (Last Tango in Halifax, Waterloo Road).
Auditions are open to all, with a Youth Round for 11-18 year olds and two adult rounds for over 18’s.
Teechers by John Godber
Born Bad by Debbie Tucker Green
The Girl Who Broke His Finger by DM Larson
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
The Ghost of Detention by DM Larson
1 Minute Round
Been So Long by Che Walker
Road by Jim Cartwright
3 Minute Round
Group by Rebecca Buckle
Les Liaison Dangereux by Christopher Hampton
Manpreet worked in the BBC’s Radio Drama Department for over 4 years – assisting on productions for Radio 3 and Radio 4 before moving across to the Asian Network as Script Editor on continuing drama Silver Street. She then joined EastEnders as Script Producer where she was part of the creative team that produced the Who Killed Lucy storyline – concluding her tenure by producing the 30th Anniversary Live Week episodes. She then spent a year at ITV Studios working as a Script Executive on the highly acclaimed crime drama Vera before joining Channel 4 in 2015. Manpreet is currently the Commissioning Editor for Hollyoaks.
Shane is a highly respected agent who originally trained as an Opera Singer with Edwin Francis and went on to study as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
After ‘treading the boards’ as an actor for a short period, he went to work as assistant to the renowned agent Susan Angel. Susan’s father was the producer Danny Angel and her grandfather was Vivian Van Damm of the Windmill Theatre, so she had an incredible knowledge of the business and taught Shane the art of being a good agent.
In 1986, after six years with Susan and with her blessing, Shane decided to start his own agency, which is now recognised as a market-leader.
He can boast an eclectic list of clients who work across all media. In particular he gets immense satisfaction from working with graduates, helping them to establish themselves in a competitive business.
Shane’s larger than life character and his knowledge of the business are widely recognised and he is often invited to appear as an ‘expert’ on television and radio throughout the world. He lectures regularly at Drama Schools ,speaks at Festivals and, over the years, he has also directed all of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas.
His passion for theatre has never diminished and he is proud to see so many clients achieve greatness, knowing that he has been instrumental in their success.
George trained at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. His performing career took him all over the UK and Europe, performing in shows such as Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, High Society and Fiddler On The Roof.
Working now as an agent for Regan Management, his passion for Musical Theatre remains strong, representing actors in Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, The Commitments and Memphis to name but a few.
Daniel has been Artistic Director of the Mercury Theatre since July 2012. For the Mercury he has directed Noises Off, Cinderella, Macbeth, Betty Blue Eyes, The Opinion Makers, The Butterfly Lion, The History Boys and The Hired Man. He also adapted Michael Morpurgo’s thrilling tale of Friend or Foe which opened at the Mercury in August 2014.
Previously he was Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company (2003-2012); Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (1996-2003); Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company (1992-1996); and Community & Education Director of the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester (1988-1992).
For New Perspectives directing includes: The Butterfly Lion, Farm Boy, Lark Rise To Candleford; Dolly; Those Magnificent Men; The Falling Sky; Faith Healer; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Farm; In Search of Pontiflunk; The Hired Man (which transferred to New York); On Saturdays This Bed is Poland; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Iron Man; The Allotment; Not Now, Bernard & Other Monster Stories; The Evidence; The Ghost Downstairs and The Long Way Home.
Other directing includes: the first ever staging of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf; a tour of Bill’s New Frock that included the National’s Olivier Theatre; Freddie Jones as Charles Dickens; Yeat’s King Oedipus; the original stage production of Quadrophenia; Roger Lloyd Pack in The Caretaker; Peter Pan at Polka Theatre; and Friend or Foe for Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace.
Ben Cogan has worked in casting for 15 years and been a casting director for 13, working on shows that include Casualty, Holby City, EastEnders, Waking the Dead, Doctors, Kiss of Death and the Afternoon Play series, as well as short films – one of which (Wish 143) was nominated for an Oscar.
After 15 years at the BBC, he is now working freelance and has cast projects such as Maynard for TriForce Productions.
Rob is the Associate Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, where he leads the Pulse artist development programme, as well as the Creative Learning offer and where he also directs work across a variety of platforms. He is currently directing Births, Deaths & Marriages which was developed in association with Birmingham Rep and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, and originally supported by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme – the production performs at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He recently directed the New Wolsey Young Associates Frequently Asked Questions(national tour), John Osborne’s On the Beach (Edinburgh and touring), prior to that he directed the multi award nominated Party Piece (Edinburgh and touring). He has directed the sell out New Wolsey rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes for the last 6 years. Forthcoming projects include The Turn of the Screw with the New Wolsey Young Company, and a series of readings of new work by offenders with Synergy Theatre Project.
Rob has worked extensively in regional theatre since graduating with first class honours from Bretton Hall College in 2001. He led the creative learning programme at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, where he also developed DT3 – a traverse theatre space for work with children and young people. He was the Youth Theatre Director at Salisbury Playhouse, and assisted the trainee resident director Caroline Leslie. He led the education and outreach programme for the Stafford Festival Shakespeare, as well as directing their youth theatre. He was lead practitioner with Borderlines at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme. He delivered the transitional skills programme at the Northern Actors Centre, and is an experienced practitioner working across a variety of complex settings. He has been a board member, school governor, specialist arts advisor and has spent over 10 years as a senior manager in regional theatres.
Rob’s work is driven by narrative, but can be playful in form having been presented on anything from traditional stages to steam trains and a bouncy castle, and extends from the experimental to the mainstream.
Polly Violet Collective are a four piece experimental roots/rock reggae band from North Essex.
After spending the start of the year locked up in a studio in Norwich, the band have been performing festivals and shows throughout the region to promote their new E.P over the summer.
Having released their debut E.P ‘I ADMIT’ in August 2015 Polly Violet Collective have big things lined up for the coming year and can’t wait to get out there and release their energy and vibes across the UK.