Fresh actors show off talent on Stratford stage
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 September 2015
Fresh actors will have the chance to show-off their talents in a popular event heading to Stratford.
MonologueSlam UK - The Graduate Edition will be taking place at Stratford East Theatre Royal and is aimed at actors who have recently completed their training.
Altogether, 25 different acts will take to the stage, in a bid to impress the audience and the panel of judges.
Minnie Crowe, from TriForce Creative Network, the company that heads the event, said: “The show is open to all anyone who has graduated from an acting related course in the previous 18 months.
“They do not need to be from an accredited course, the whole idea is to give everybody an equal opportunity.”
The graduate edition of the show has been running for three years and was launched to give young actors the chance to have their time under the spotlight.
“There is a lot of competition out there and it is very difficult for young actors, who have great talent, to get noticed and to stand out from the crowd.
“We want to give these people a platform to perform on and a lot of the emphasis is to represent these actors and to get them recognised.”
This year, the show gathered attention from more than 160 applicants.
“We only have space for 25 performers but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply again as there is a window of 18 months between graduating and applying to take part in the competition,” Minnie said.
“The show will allow performers to just get out there , to get on stage, and to perform in front of an audience.
“For a lot of them, its a big deal as many haven’t performed in such a big space before and we really hope that the show will help participants kick-start their careers.”
Last year, actor Charles Babalola, who will be starring in new BBC drama, Thirteen, took part in the Graduate Slam.
Minnie said: “In the last couple of years we have had success stories and we hope this will continue as it is a brilliant way to get out there.”
The show is taking place on September 28 from 8pm. Tickets are priced at £12. Visit stratfordeast.com for information.
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