MonologueSlam UK at Theatre Royal Stratford East – the LA Edition!
Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines undertake a gruelling series of auditions, including a youth round for 11-16 year olds, before 20 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!
The winner of this special LA Edition will win a trip to LA to introduce themselves to the industry!
Hosted by Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City).
The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford
Sister by Jamie Ankrah
Electra by Euripides
1 Minute Round
Tony Berelli by Ben Woodhall
Bad Recall by Grant Collins
3 Minute Round
Josephine and I by Cush Jumbo
Matilda is the casting director at Shakespeare’s Globe. Prior to this, she worked for four years at the BBC, across Drama and Sport.
Nicky is a Casting Director with over 10 years experience, and has worked on many successful comedies across numerous channels including the BBC, SKY, Channel 4. She has worked with production companies including, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick, Universal Films, the BBC and some of the UK’s best comedy talent including Rebecca Front, Julia Davis, Jack Whitehall, Jeremy Dyson, Sharon Horgan and many more.
Recent credits include, Ballot Monkeys for Channel 4 starring Hugh Dennis, Ben Miller and Sarah Hadland. Other credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Boomers (BBC1), Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Bad Education (BBC), Mount Pleasant (Tiger Aspect/SKY), Bluestone 42 (BBC), Psychobitches (SKY Arts) and lots more. Psychobitches was nominated for Best New Comedy Programme and Best Sketch show at the RTS and British Comedy Awards, whilst Bad Education has been nominated for Best Sitcom. Other credits include Psychoville, Crackanory, Ideal, Extras, and a new series for BBC.
Derek Barnes has been an established name in casting for over 30 years, and is currently at the BBC working on some of the UK’s most popular programmes such as Casualty, Brief Encounters and The Afternoon Play. Derek also has cast several projects that are currently in production, including the 4th series of BBC drama Father Brown, newly commissioned BBC daytime drama The Coroner, and BBC IPlayer shorts.
Dan Hubbard has worked in family run Hubbard Casting for 15 years. He has subsequently set up his own company Dan Hubbard Casting Ltd.
His film credits include: Suite Francaise, Captain Philips, One Chance, United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Damned United, Harry Brown, Ill Manors, King Kong, Chalet Girl, Green Zone, Inkheart, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Battle For Haditha, The Fall, Flyboys, Lara Croft Tomb Raider 1 & 2. He is currently working on Bourne 4.
Television includes: American Odyssey (NBC Universal) Downton Abbey, Sinbad, The Jury 1 & 2, Ahead Of The Class, Keen Eddie, Born & Bred Series 1 & 2, Rebus, Omagh, The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, Northanger Abbey, Ben Hur.
Dan has won best casting for two craft awards and is currently been nominated for best commercial at the Cannes Advertisting Awards for his work on The Prince’s Trust.
Dan’s short film The Phone Call won best short film at the Oscars 2015.
Upcoming movies for release are A Hundred Streets starring Gemma Arterton & Idris Elba, Pilgrimage starring John Bernthal, Tom Holland & Richard Armitage, Harvest starring Max Irons & Terence Stamp.
Kevin began his career in the entertainment industry at the age of fifteen by playing a midshipman at the Battle of Trafalgar in the ITV drama series, I REMEMBER NELSON. Back on dry land, he started working for several leading agents and casting directors before joining up – temporarily! – with Susan Angel in 1989. Over a quarter of a century later, their business is still thriving with clients appearing in nearly every major TV drama as well as in films, comedy series, commercials and theatre productions. Clients in theatre have worked for companies ranging from the National, RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Court to the Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Regent’s Park, Hampstead and the Bush. TV projects currently include regulars in Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby, Benidorm, Peaky Blinders, The Interceptor and Boy Meets Girl. Kevin also represents several major casting directors whose projects include some of the most prolific titles on British and American television.
Hannah graduated from Exeter University with a first class degree in Drama. She began working at Hamilton Hodell 3 years ago, and currently assists Madeline Dewhirst and Sian Smyth. She works with fantastically talented clients, including Triforce’s very own Mr Jimmy Akingbola.
Clients recent television work includes Gotham, This Is England ’90, Fortitude, Black Work, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Midsomer Murders.
Che Walker attended Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He has notched up over forty professional Television Acting Credits and appeared in ten professional stage plays, before becoming a playwright
His first play ‘Been So Long’ premièred at the world- renowned Royal Court Theatre, starring Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo in 1998, and subsequent translations and productions include New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Paris, Dortmund, Oslo and Copenhagen. ‘Been So Long’ was runner-up for the Joh Whiting Award and the Meyer-Whitworth Award.
His second stage play ‘Fleshwound’ premièred at the Royal Court in 2003, and won both The George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and an Arts Council Writer of The Future Award.
‘Crazy Love’ his play for Paines Plough Theatre Company, premièred in Oran Mor, Scotland, before transferring to The Shunt, central London in 2007, and was described as ‘a brilliant piece of dramatic poetry’ by The Scotsman Newspaper.
In 2008, Che Walker made theatrical history when his play ‘The Frontline’ became the first contemporary play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London since ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ in 1597.
In 2009, ‘The Frontline’ received a revival at The Globe, and his musical adaptation of ‘Been So Long’ premièred at the Young Vic in London, earning nominations for Evening Standard Best Musical, and a What’s On Stage New Musical Awards.
2010 saw the premier of ‘Lovesong’ – a one man musical with UK soul artist Omar Lyefook. ‘Lovesong’ premièred at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, before touring nationwide throughout the summer. ‘Loveson’ has a planned USA tour in 2014.
In 2011, Che embarked on a unique collaboration with rock musician Paul Heaton on an Opera ‘The Eighth’, featuring the USA actor Reg e Cathy (HBO’s The Wire, The Corner, and Netflix drama House of Cards), along with a full string orchestra, eight piece rock band and eight singers. ‘The Eighth’ premièred at the Manchester International Festival, subsequently playing The Barbican Centre and touring nationwide in 2012.
2012 – Appointed Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre in London
2013 – ‘The Lightning Child’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London
2014 – ‘Klook’s Last Stand’ Park Theatre. ‘Superb… gripping… something special’ Daily Telegraph
Jack Donnelly is an actor, best known for his role in popular BBC series Atlantis, in which he played the lead role of Jason. Other credits include BBC’s Stephen Polliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge and Ch4’s BAFTA winning series Misfits. He is a founding member of the improvisational comedy group “Chuckle Duster”, which performs occasionally in East London.
Jack will be showing us how it is done with a monologue at the end of the show!
Lara Lee (BBC1 The Voice) blends onomatopoeic phasing, musical accents and lyrics steeped in honesty, passion and experience, to replicate the beats of historical storytellers. A poet, singer and songwriter, Lara has long held her place as an artist to be reckoned with. Her career has afforded her performances via key poetry platforms such as Poetry n Motion, Brixtounge, Soul Food and Apples and Snakes, plus a host of appearances on BBC Radio and Television, Channel 4 and OBE TV; while also having performed for the revered Erykah Badu, Jaguar Wright and neo-soul artist Dwele.
Lara’s work is a conversation with her audience and a window into her soul, as she discusses her personal history, such as her time in the care system and her rebellion, including her expulsion from school.
With achievements including being chosen as a youth ambassador for the UK and shadowing the then US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, Lara promises that there is more to come…
Shoot From The Hip! are one of London’s premiere improvisational comedy troupes, who have been impressing and entertaining audiences since 2011. Shoot From The Hip! are Luke Manning, Paul Raymond, Thomas Mayo, Sam Russell, and Joshua Mills.
Their incredible show is completely unscripted and is comprised of short scenes and games, blending witty one-liners and hilarious character comedy with off-the-cuff storytelling.
Shoot From The Hip! have been the resident improvisers at Drury Lane’s Top Secret Comedy Club since November 2011, at MonologueSlamUK’s showcases since 2012, and at Angel Comedy since January 2014. They’ve also performed at events such as Hoopla shows, Christ College Cambridge’s May Ball, and The Oxjam Charity Festival, picking up mentions in The Metro and Londonist along the way.