MonologueSlam UK at Mercury Theatre Colchester!
Tickets are now available!
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).
Auditions are open to all, with a Youth Round for 11-18 year olds and two adult rounds for over 18’s.
If you are interested in auditioning for the show, please click on How to Apply on the menu.
Age of Consent by Peter Morris
Garden State by Zach Braff
Age of Consent by Peter Morris
Murder to What Degree by Deborah Maddox
Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
1 Minute Round
Immaculate by Oliver Lansley
3 Minute Round
Out by Yasmin Jafri
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
Nathan is currently the Associate Producer at The Mercury Theatre, he arrived there just under 2 years ago through the Stage One New Producers Scheme. Prior to The Mercury, Nathan trained as an actor at ArtsEd School of Acting and worked on both Stage and Screen for nearly a decade. Alongside acting Nathan discovered Producing, and quickly realised that’s where his true passion and indeed talents were, which led him to begin Producing, initially TV & Film Pitch Packages but then more exclusively in theatre, which is why he is so happy to be working at The Mercury where the quality and variety of work produced and indeed programmed is huge.
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.
Lisa Walters worked in documentary production at the BBC before joining Channel 4 Drama to support the then Heads of Department. Today she’s Development Coordinator and part of the development team; keeping a keen eye on emerging talent and sourcing ideas for compelling, bold, ground-breaking Channel 4 Drama. She also facilitates new talent initiatives including Coming Up and the 4Playwright Scheme and has championed and shadow script edited for 4Screenwriting –one of the Channel’s most successful schemes for new writers.
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.
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.
Music meets science in a romantic love affair of melody bangs claps and smacks.
Hailing from London, United Kingdom self taught singer/songwriter James Benardout
takes the world of acoustic percussion and fingerstyle songwriting to the mainstream eye.
With wild percussion, strange gimmicks of a new kind and singing from soul to the soul,
James is as honest and in your face as it gets, so strap on in and enjoy the ride.
Dean is one of our regular MonologueSlam hosts, hosting up and down the country and making a regular appearance at the National Final in London.