MonologueSlam UK at Theatre Royal Stratford East!
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!
Hosted by Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City).
1 Minute Round
3 Minute Round
Jamie Glover is a director and actor, he portrayed Andrew Treneman in the BBC One drama Waterloo Road and starred as Gary Lejeune in Michael Frayn’s comical farce Noises Off at the Novello Theatre in 2012. His television credits include Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, Endeavour, Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time, Father Brown, Holby City, Waterloo Road, Trial and Retribution, Midsomer Murders, Elizabeth I, New Tricks, Born and Bred, Casualty, Heart of the Valley, In My Life and The Thing About Vince. Films include These Foolish Things, Sacred Life, Closing Numbers, Age of Treason, The Whisper and The Reef.
Theatre includes: Casting Associate at the Royal Court. Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jonathan Humphreys (Sheffield Crucible); The Funfair, directed by Walter Meierjohann (HOME, Manchester); Violence and Son, Who Cares, Fireworks (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet, directed by Walter Meierjohann (HOME, Manchester); Amadeus, directed by Jonathan Church (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, directed by Ria Parry (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The History Boys, directed by Michael Longhurst (Sheffield Crucible); Driving Miss Daisy (UK), directed by David Esbjornson; Batman Live, directed by Anthony van Laast (World Arena Tour); The Trial of Dennis The Menace, directed by Rebecca Gatward (Southbank Centre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Walter Meierjohann (Liverpool Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse); Blue/Orange (Arcola); Von Ribbentrop’s Watch (UK Tour); Mrs Reynolds and The Ruffian, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Absent Friends (all Watford Palace); All My Sons, directed by Walter Meierjohann (Curve, Leicester); 50th Anniversary Season of 50 Rehearsed Readings, Caryl Churchill Season, International Residencies and new writers’ Rough Cuts presentations (all Royal Court); Othello (Glasgow Citizens); The Member of the Wedding, directed by Matthew Dunster, Dirty Butterfly, directed by Michael Longhurst, The Indian Wants the Bronx (all Young Vic); Loot, directed by Sean Holmes (Tricycle Theatre); Blowing Whistles (Leicester Square Theatre); Testing the Echo by David Edgar, directed by Matthew Dunster (Tricycle Theatre and Tour); The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Peter Gill (UK Tour and Vaudeville); Donkeys’ Years, directed by Jeremy Sams (UK Tour); Rock’n’Roll by Tom Stoppard, directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre); Jus’ Like That, directed by Simon Callow (Garrick).
Television: Head of Casting at The Bill (Thames Television).
Film: Arsene Lupin; Ne Quittez Pas; Beyond Re-Animator; Mirrormask.
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.
Jess has been working at Global Artists for the past 8 years, and successfully heading up the Film and TV desk for the past 5.
Having started her career in the industry many moons ago and a wig maker and make-up artist Jess is very happy to have found her spot in the industry working with a fabulous in house team and some of the most talented actors and actresses this country has to offer.
Clients recent work includes A Hundred Streets with Idris Elba, new Brit feature Bypass, WarHorse, Emmerdale, Far From The Madding Crowd and a certain Mr Fraser Ayres in A.D for NBC among many more.
Roy Williams began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country’s leading dramatists. In 2000 he was the joint-winner of The George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List and received the Best Play Award at the Writers Guild Awards in 2011 for Sucker Punch.
His plays include SUCKER PUNCH (Royal Court Theatre, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Play), CATEGORY B (Tricycle Theatre), ANGEL HOUSE (Eclipse Theatre, UK Tour), DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (RSC), JOE GUY (Soho Theatre/Tiata Fahodzi), THERE’S ONLY ONE WAYNE MATTHEWS (Polka Theatre), BABY GIRL (NT Connections), ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (Lyric Hammersmith), LITTLE SWEET THING (Nottingham Playhouse), SLOW TIME (NT Education), FALLOUT (Royal Court Theatre), SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS (NT), CLUBLAND), THE GIFT (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre), LOCAL BOY (Hampstead Theatre), SOULS, ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART (Theatre Centre), LIFT OFF (Royal Court,) , STARSTRUCK (Tricycle, Winner of John Whiting Award, Alfred Fagon Award & EMMA Award for Best Play), JOSIE’S BOY (Red Ladder Theatre Co) and THE NO-BOYS CRICKET CLUB (Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
His work for television includes LET IT SNOW (Endor Productions/Sky), FALLOUT (Company Pictures/ Channel 4, Screen Nation Award for Achievement in Screenwriting), OFFSIDE (BBC, Winner of BAFTA Children’s Film & TV Award for Best Schools Drama) and BABYFATHER (BBC). In 2012, Roy co-wrote the movie FAST GIRLS.
For radio, his work includes adaptations of ER Braithwaite’s A CHOICE OF STRAWS and TO SIR WITH LOVE and original plays, TELL TALE and HOMEBOYS and the returning series THE INTERROGATION.
Roy is currently working on new plays for the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, and The Royal Court.
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.
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, Alexander Jeremy, Thomas Mayo and Sam Russell.
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.
‘The Killing Class’ by David Fielding
‘Dark’ by Michael Bunani