Hosted by Dean Smith (Last Tango in Halifax), MonologueSlam UK, the industry showcase for actors from all backgrounds comes to Leicester!
The showcase takes place across the UK with an annual national final in London. Following a lengthy audition process, 22 actors are chosen to perform for a welcoming audience and an industry panel. MonologueSlam UK brings you the most exciting new UK talent. With an accompanying Masterclass for local actors to work on their craft, MonologueSlam UK is fantastic opportunity for Leicester talent!
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs
Vicious Circle by Nick Teed
We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs
Why is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? By Claire Dowie
The Power of the Dog by Ellen Dryden
Vicious Circle by Nick Teed
The Stepsister Speaks Out by Peg Kehret
1 Minute Round
Motherland by Steve Gilroy
Shameless by Paul Abbott
3 Minute Round
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
In 1985, Giles was appointed as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London. In 1989, Giles joined the National Theatre as Literary Manager before becoming Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford, in May 1995.
Giles became Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse in 1999. His most recent productions include: Arcadia; The Second Minute; The Kite Runner; Any Means Necessary; The Glass Menagerie.
Giles is also a playwright and his work has been produced widely in the UK and Europe.
Nikolai is Artistic Director at Curve, Leicester – one of the UK’s most exciting regional theatres.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he grew up in North Yorkshire. Nikolai trained at Drama Centre
London and at the Crucible, Sheffield. Since taking up his post in January 2015, Nikolai has directed Legally Blonde The Musical, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Shakespeare’s Richard III, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, a performance to celebrate the reveal of the tomb of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.
Further work includes: productions of Calamity Jane (UK tour); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Sherlock Holmes: the Best Kept Secret by Mark Catley (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water (New Vic, Stoke, and Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); the European premiere of Morris Panych’s The Dishwashers (Birmingham Rep); the Sondheim/Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal and the Touring Consortium); Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester); Macbeth (Fort Canning Park, Singapore); the Bernstein/Laurents/ Sondheim musical West Side Story (NYMT, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester); the Kander, Ebb and McNally musical play Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Educational Schools London); a new adaptation of Dickens’s Great Expectations by Tanika Gupta (Watford Palace Theatre and English Touring Theatre);Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), an original musical by Tom Hedley, Robbie Roth and Robert Cary; two majorrevivals of plays by Noël Coward: Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre) and A Song at Twilight (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr’s A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barry Hines’s Kes, adapted by Lawrence Till (Liverpool Playhouse and UK tour); David Essex’s All the Fun of the Fair (UK tours and on film); Dempsey and Rowe’s The Witches of Eastwick (UK tour); Boucicault’s London Assurance (Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and UK tour); Shaffer’s Amadeus (Crucible, Sheffield); a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Don Black’s Aspects of Love (UK tour and Nelson Mandela Theatre, South Africa); Orwell’s AnimalFarm, Louise Page’s Salonika and Amanda Whittington’s
Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Johnson’s Dead Funny (Oldham Coliseum); Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Pegasus Opera); the Sondheim/Weidman musical play Assassins (Crucible, Sheffield); Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings (Liverpool Playhouse); Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and A Chorus Line (Crucible, Sheffield).
Chris Davis Management Ltd was formed in 1996 to manage actors and performers working within the entertainment industry. Since then the company has built up a diverse list of high profile clients working in all areas of the media.
Chris Davis began his showbusiness career as a terrible magic act working with some of the country’s greatest stars from Shirley Bassey to Basil Brush! He then saw the light!
In 1984 Chris purchased a bankrupt clothing company employing fifteen people. Over the next ten years he developed the business to become one of the leading brands in country clothing, John Partridge, employing over three hundred people. The company was awarded the Queens Award for Export in 1991. In 1994 he sold the then successful company by way of a management buyout and returned to the entertainment industry, but this time on the business side.
Chris also runs a successful production and events company, Norwell Lapley Productions Ltd and has produced a diverse cross section of shows including a record breaking tour of London’s famous Comedy Store, Animal Crackers in the West End (nominated for an Olivier award), Dreaming by Peter Barnes at the Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Defending The Caveman starring Mark Little (UK tour), Zipp! 100 musical in 90 minutes (West End & UK tour), as well as UK tours with Marti Pellow, Elaine Paige, Russell Watson, Tony Christie, Ray Mears, Ruby Turner ,Jane McDonald and Paul Daniels amongst others.
James is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton. He was previously Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Theatre503.
Theatre credits include: Soul (Royal & Derngate/Hackney Empire); The Herbal Bed (Royal & Derngate, English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston/UK tour); Brave New World (Royal & Derngate/Touring Consortium Theatre Company/UK tour),The Hook (Royal & Derngate/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); King John (Royal & Derngate/Shakespeare’s Globe/Salisbury International Festival); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Royal & Derngate/Royal Exchange Theatre/Northern Stage); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate); The Body of an American (Royal & Derngate Underground Studio/The Gate Theatre – Evening Standard Award nomination); Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe, European Tour and 2012 revival); The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange Theatre, TMA Award for Best Design); King James Bible (National Theatre); The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios 1/Theatre503, Olivier Award for Best New Play); Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios, London Theatre Festival Award for Best Play, Evening Standard Award nomination); The Thrill of Love (New Vic/Stephen Joseph and transfer to St James Theatre); 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal and transfer to The Print Room); Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic/National Youth Theatre); Nightshifts (Traverse); The Unconquered (UK tour and off-Broadway transfer); Judgement Day (The Print Room); Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop (New Vic). Work Off-Broadway includes Baal, The Error of Their Ways, Work and Come and Go. James has directed and developed new work by Arthur Miller, David Eldridge, Dawn King, Mike Poulton, Ron Hutchinson, Rachel Portman, These New Puritans, Roy Williams, Katori Hall, Amanda Whittington, Dan O’Brien, White Lies, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp, Molly Davies, Torben Betts, Bekah Brunstetter and Ella Hickson amongst others. He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.
Nita Mistry has been working professionally as an Actress for just over 12 years. Her experience spans across working in Film, Television, Theatre and Radio.
Formally trained at the prestigious Mountview Theatre School in London. Nita has just finished filming a comedy sketch for BBC3 and played the semi lead in the British-Bengali feature film ‘Romeo Vs Juliet’ directed by Ashok Pati, she has also appeared on the BBC Television drama series ‘Casualty’ and ‘New Tricks’ and has recently been signed by US Talent Management Company – Bohemia Group In Los Angeles.
Nita Mistry is also originally from Leicester and after being one of the judges on the qualifying round in London, she is delighted to be on the panel in her home town.
Jack Campbell, winner of English Comedian of the Year 2014, began his stand-up career at De Montfort University whilst studying Creative Writing and English Language. He has gone on to perform all over the UK, including the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festival as well as internationally, in countries such as Germany, Estonia, Finland and Australia. He is tipped as one of many rising stars on the circuit, with his truthful stories and his conversational style proving a regular hit.