TriForce and Theatre Royal Stratford East present
THE ULTIMATE ACTOR'S SHOWCASE
Mon 18 Feb 8pm
Hosted by star of BBC's Holby City and Rev Jimmy Akingbola.
Join us for the launch of MonologueSlam UK at Theatre Royal Stratford East this February. This high-octane event promises to be bigger and better than ever – don't miss out!
MonologueSlam UK is THE ultimate showcase for actors from all backgrounds and profiles. Following a lengthy audition process, 20 actors are given the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of people in a position to move their careers forward.
The judges for February will be:
Murray Melvin (Actor, A Taste of Honey & Oh What A Lovely War)
Dawn Reid (Deputy Artistic Director)
Sam Jones (Casting Director)
Madeleine Charman (Agent from Hamilton Hoddell)
The perfect event whether you want to take part, meet and network with other industry professionals or have a great night out!
Movers & Shakers
MonologueSlam UK is the place to be and attracts some big names including iconic comedian Lenny Henry, Javone Prince (Ch4 PhoneShop), Aml Ameen (NBC Harrys Law), Hugh Quarshie (BBC1 Holby City) and Chuck Venn (BBC Eastenders).
If you're looking for your big break this is the chance to mingle with some of the industries top directors such as Eric Blakeney (21 Jump Street), Nick Bagnall (Betrayal, Sheffield Crucible), Paulette Randall (Associate Director of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony) and Kerry Michael (artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East).
The event is also well attended by a variety of casting directors like Julia Crampsie (Head of BBC Casting)
Here is a list of the performers and what they will be performning at the Feb MonologueSlam UK...
1 MIN ROUND
Nil by Mouth by Gary Oldman
Mario grew up in 'sunny' Kentish Town in North London. He has always had a passion for acting and auditioned at the prestigious Drama Centre London in 2003.
After graduating with a BA HONS in Acting, Mario has had TV roles on Holby City and The Bill. Feature films include the critically acclaimed Cass.
In 2010 he acted in the short film directed by the Bafta Award winning film director Dan Hartley. Theatre roles have included parts at The Riverside Studios, The Tristen Bates, The Tabard Theatre, The Finborough and The Southwark Playhouse.
In 2011 The Off West End Awards nominated Mario for Best Male Performance playing the part of 'Wally' in The Winterling by Jez Butterworth.
Mario is also a dedicated director and producer. He helped Co-Produce with Stone Junction Productions The Shallow End at The Southwark Playhouse in 2012 in which he also played the part of 'Kirk'.
Vital Signs by Jane Martin
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
John Holt-Roberts is an Actor/Musician originally from York where he was a proud Youth Theatre veteran and general drama type.
Graduating from the Academy of Live and recorded Arts in 2012 John has since worked as performer at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and recent credits include Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (The Flanagan Collective) and Understudy to Toad/Badger in The Wind in the Willows (Polka Theatre) .
John is currently developing an exciting new piece of Commedia based Physical Theatre with Milk Teeth.
Fudge by Nina Bishop
Meg has recently graduated from the Guildford School of Acting and was previously a member of the National Youth Theatre.
Whilst at GSA, Meg played the title role in Moll Flanders (directed by Ian Talbot). Since graduating she has played Jasmine in Aladdin as well as featuring in Jack Whitehall's latest pilot Pop Mash.
The piece Meg is performing appealed to her instantly, finally she has the chance to release her inner Bridget Jones. Please enjoy ... Fudge.
Young Sir's by Ray Sesay
Drunk guy with greasy hair following me! by G.L. Horton
Lone Star by James McClure
Pedro is originally from South Africa, now based in London for the last seven years. He is active in both Film & Theatre work, and in different capacities (acting, producing, directing). He is currently shooting a short film and writing/producing his own screenplay.
He is a physically active person too, very into sports, boxing, semi-pro football, street dance, and he is constantly training / workshopping to keep his acting skills sharp.
Michael Anthony Bond
Chip Shop Boy by Luke Temple
Hailing from rural Nottinghamshire and making his way from Manchester to Prague to London, Michael Anthony Bond has worked as a professional actor since graduating from drama school in 2008.
Roles have included the leads in productions Fantastic Mr Fox and Blue Remembered Hills, feature film The Dinner Party, award winning comedy show Working Title, sell-out improvised murder mystery Death By Chocolate and most recently as The Man of Many Voices in Dick Backard: Private Eye at Hoxton Hall.
Also a director and fire breather, Michael is thrilled to be part of Monologue Slam and is currently seeking representation.
Kiran Sonia Sawar
Fireworks by Tina Fey
Kiran is a Scottish graduate from The Oxford School of Drama in August 2012, having previously studied Marine and Environmental Biology at the University of St.Andrews.
Theatre credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Blenheim Palace) and Sophie in A Woman at the Door (Soho Theatre).
Prior to drama school, Kiran’s credits include; Isabella in Measure for Measure, Venus in Venus & Adonis (Ramshorn Theatre) and Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Byre Theatre).
Kiran is looking forward to filming feature film VICTOR starring Peter Mullan later this month.
3 MIN ROUND
Fallujah by Evan Sanderson
Sope is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham, where his credits include Spring Awakening, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Angels in America and After the Dance.
He played the role of Pericles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and just finished a run of Fallujah at the Cockpit Theatre with Liminal Space 10.
He has been a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain for many years performing in numerous shows with them, including James Graham's Tory Boyz and Our Days of Rage in the Old Vic Tunnels.
Louise Ann Munro
Sweetboy by Joe Harvey
Louise studied at East 15 Acting School’s Foundation Course and Shakespeare at The Old Vic, before graduating with a BA in Acting fromALRA drama school in 2007. She continues her training at The Actors Centre.
Her numerous professional credits include Dracula at The Greenwich Playhouse and it’s UK Tour, Angelic Tales at Theatre Royal, Stratford East(directed by Rikki Beadle Blair); Romeo & Juliet Docklands - Physical Theatre (with Admiration Theatre Company), Measure for Measure at The Courtyard, Sue in A Slice of Saturday Night at The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch;Unscripted (The improvised comedy show) at The Cockpit and various short films including Dan Allen’s Award-winning Husky and Distortion Entertainment’s Hooligan which appeared at Cannes Festival last year.
Louise is currently filming the feature film Sweetboy directed by Anthony Vander/written by Joe Harvey, in which she plays Mia and writing her own comedy screenplay Double the Odds.
She is really looking forward to partaking in the first MonologueSlam atTheatre Royal, Stratford East.
Honeytrap in a Hijab by Amina Zia
Amina Zia was born to Pakistani parents in Cambridge and has a degree in Russian from SSEES.
After enjoying a varied career working as a radio/television producer across theBBC, Amina decided to chase her childhood dream and re-trained as an actor, recently graduating from ALRA in 2011.
Since then she has worked on new writing projects performing in staged readings of Ben Fensome’s The Miriam Gospel and Mediah Ahmed’s Before I Say ‘I do’ both directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair at Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of the Angelic Tales seasons.
She has also appeared as Mrs Shafiq in the new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan. Amina is a published short story writer and indulges occasionally in stand-up comedy.
She can sometimes be found trying to fly a kite on Hampstead Heath.
Till it Hits Home byCheryl L. West
Andy graduated from drama school in 2009.
Since then, he has appeared in several successful fringe productions, including playing the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden last year.
2012 also saw him land his first lead role in a feature film, performing alongsideDon Warrington and Danny John-Jules. Urban horror Voodoo Magic is due for release later this year.
TV credits include ITV’s The Bill.
Eight by Hilla Hickson
Amy has recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in Drama.
She is currently taking a year out to get as much experience as she can both professional and amateur. She is hoping to go to drama school next year.
Loose Knit by Teresa Rebeck
After a year long stint as the lead clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, she decided to attend The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where she is currently getting her Masters.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
David trained at the Drama Centre London and then spent 5 years after graduating performing various classical plays around the UK.
From Henry V and Antony and Cleopatra in Glasgow to Richard III (ironically as it turns out, bearing in mind where King Richard’s skull has recently been found) in a car park.
Then in 2006 on trip to America David fell in to standup comedy and has been doing it full time ever since.
Last year David played the lead in a feature film Heckle which will Premier at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
David is performing a speech from Hamlet because 'After 8 years away I am desperate to get back to my first love, Classical Theatre'.
The Beaux stratagem by George Farqhuar
Emma trained at Central School of Speech and Drama (BA-Hons), Moscow Arts Theatre, & The Actor's Temple.
Emma was selected for LAByrinth Theatre Company's Inaugural Ensemble Intensive 2009, NYC.
She is a Co-Founder of new writing theatre company The LabRats based in NYC and Co-Creator of sketch comedy duo The Venus Show in London.
Roles she'd love to rock: Anything opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Melissa Leo, Laura Linney, & Jennifer Saunders plus Greek Goddesses and CSI Agents.
Emma would like to thank Fraser Ayres, Jimmy Akingbola, Minnie Crowe, Daniel Pearce and all the TriForce team for their generosity and for raising the bar.
November 2012 Monologue Slam
£10 (£7.50 concessions)
The event starts at 8pm
There will be unallocated seating for this event
Theatre Royal Stratford East bar will be open before and after the event
TriForce Ultimate Masterclass
Sat 16 Feb
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book.
Spaces are incredibly limited so be sure to book quickly to avoid disappointment.
Ultimate Masterclasses are part of TriForce’s continued drive to promote and develop talent. These workshops are open to all those that audition for MonologueSlam UK; whether you are selected to perform at the Slam, or are still waiting for your chance, as we believe that EVERYONE should have the opportunity to grow.
Please be aware that these workshops are robust and are aimed at stretching you as performer by introducing you to new ideas and techniques
There is no obligation to attend these workshops, but TriForce highly recommend them and they guarantee that you will learn something new - no matter the level you are coming to the workshops from.
These workshops allow you to work directly with the team behind TriForce, and as many of you know, they cast their own productions and readings directly from the TriForce Network. These workshops also enable them to meet you and see you at work.
Led by working practitioners and the team behind TriForce Promotions, these workshops focus on you as an individual through engaging and experiential learning. We aim to take your personal skill-set to the next level not only for the MonologueSlam UK but also for your personal career and beyond, giving you techniques that you can take into ANY room.
The first season of ULTIMATE Masterclasses will be led by Fraser Ayres aka Mr.E. Alongside being a Managing Director and Co-Founder of TriForce Promotions, Fraser has also been a prolific actor and director within the industry for over 15 years, developing a wide ranging and diverse skill set from numerous schools of performance.
During his career he has played theatres such as The Royal Court and Soho Theatre and one of the very few to have performed solo on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. He is also the recipient of various acting awards, including the Time Out Award for Best Actor for his performance in The People Next Door. In recent years he has turned to writing, producing and directing, with his most recent directing success being Noel Clarke’s The Play at Soho Theatre.
The workshops are broken into 2 sessions . You can choose to take Session I or for a real challenge, sign up for Session II as well!
Session I - 2 Hours
Aimed at all levels, beginners and 1-minute Round participants
• Mind - Maintaining calm and focus - working with nerves and adrenaline
• Voice – Utilising the Diaphragm, working with inflection and intention
• Body Control – Posture, Core development & character physicality, advanced breathing
• Easy memory and recall techniques and how to cover if it all goes wrong
• How to tell a story- come across as you MEAN to, not as you THINK you do
• The dynamics and mechanics of a good performance
• Finding added depth in text - Quick routes to mining sub –text, making good “choices”
• Projection with depth but without shouting, clarity without loss of intensity,
And for those that wish to take themselves and their performance to a whole new level –
Session II – 2 Hours
Aimed at Working/Advanced actors, 3-minute round participants or those seeking a REAL challenge
• What an audience/judge/employee REALLY look for – And how to achieve it
• Cultivating presence and making yourself unforgettable, finding your “niche”
• Be your own critic- developing objectivity and elevating your performance through critical analysis
• Performance clarity-Learn to engage DIRECTLY with your audience, working with pitch/tone
• 1-to-1 time with the Director and direct evaluation of your piece and YOU as an individual