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SLAMbition

Are you a Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent performer? Do you want the chance to showcase your talent in front of industry leaders? Then take part in Stratford East’s SLAMbition, in association with Ramps on the Moon.

SLAMbition is a brand new monologue slam-style competition putting a spotlight on the incredible range of Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent talent that exists in the arts. It’s an opportunity for artists to perform two monologues in front of an invited audience of leading industry creatives including directors, casting agents and casting directors. Not only is this an opportunity to showcase your talent, you'll also receive one-on-one rehearsal time with a director and there'll be plenty of networking opportunities - plus, there'll also be an exciting package of prizes for our winners (prizes tbc soon).

The evening will be hosted by Tabby Lamb and will also feature guest appearances and networking opportunities for participating artists.

SLAMbition is open to Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists over the age of 18 from any and all backgrounds. We are particularly keen to receive applications from emerging artists, those without agency representation, LGBTQ+ and global majority artists. Stratford East is the Ramps on the Moon partner for London & South East, and as such, priority will be given to applicants from these areas.

For artists who are shielding or unable to attend events in person, we still encourage you to apply. Please let us know your access requirements when applying so we can look into making suitable arrangements.

Ramps on the Moon is a collaborative network of six National Portfolio Organisation theatres: New Wolsey, Ipswich, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Stratford East and strategic partner Graeae. Ramps on the Moon exists to enrich the stories we tell and the way we tell them by normalising the presence of deaf and disabled people both on and off stage.

HOW IT WORKS

TIMELINE
Applications are open now!
Applications close: midday, Fri 14 Jan 2022
Selection process: late-January 2022
Audition date(s): February 2022 (exact dates tbc dependent on successful applicants’ requirements)
Rehearsal date(s): March 2022 (exact date tbc dependent on successful applicants’ requirements)
Performance date: Wed 30 Mar 2022

APPLICATION PROCESS
You will need to complete an application form and submit a self-tape video of you performing a monologue. Applications are open until midday on Wed 14 Jan 2022. The application form will ask your personal details including your name and address as well as your access requirements.

For your self-tape: please submit a self-tape of you performing a monologue, which can be spoken or performed in British Sign Language (BSL). The monologue must be from a contemporary, published text and last between one to three minutes. At the beginning of your self-tape video, please introduce yourself and tell us your name, pronouns, where you’re from and any access requirements you have. Please also tell us the character, text and writer of the monologue. If you are unable to provide a self-tape, you can also apply by sending an audio recording.

If you need to submit your application in an alternative format, then please contact us by emailing submissions@stratfordeast.com or call 020 8279 1100.

APPLICATION FORMComplete your application form here

SELF-TAPE VIDEOUpload your file by clicking here

If you require any help or guidance with self-taping then please look at these resources. Alternatively, you can contact us: submissions@stratfordeast.com or call us 020 8279 1100.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
In January, our panel will review the submissions and invite 20 artists to an audition. All applicants will hear back from us after the application deadline.

Auditions will take place in February at Stratford East or online for anyone unable to attend in person (travel bursaries are available). Artists will be asked to prepare a monologue to perform at the audition. You will need to perform a monologue that is different from the one submitted in your application video. The audition panel will consist of casting agents and directors (as well as any support works/specialists required). All auditionees will receive feedback from our panel. 10 artists will then be selected to compete at SLAMbition.

In March, successful participants will work with a director to develop and hone their monologues during a paid rehearsal period (exact timings tbc and worked out with participants).

Wed 30 Mar 2022 – SLAMbition performance, hosted by Tabby Lamb. Each artist will perform two monologues for an invited audience and guest panel of judges. There will be an Act 1 winner and an Act 2 winner. There will also be networking opportunities for all artists.

If you have any questions about SLAMbition then please email us at submissions@stratfordeast.com or call us on 020 8279 1100. We can't wait to receive your application!

An introduction to SLAMbition by Tabby Lamb, with captions and BSL

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