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Holby City TV stars set to showcase young talent in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 February 2015

Monologues Slam UK host and Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu (Right) with Jackie Graham (Left)

Monologues Slam UK host and Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu (Right) with Jackie Graham (Left)

Jose Farinha

Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu is back once again at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Monday.

She will play host to TriForce Promotions MonologueSlam UK, which will be showcasing new local acting talent.

Jimmy Akingbola, former Holby City actor and TriForce promotions managing director, said: “I’m so excited about kicking things off in London at my local theatre. It all started for me at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.”

There will be 21 actors on the night from all different backgrounds and profiles, having gone through a lengthy audition process with Plaistow-born Jimmy and Chizzy calling the shots.

Jimmy added: “We decided to do MonologueSlam UK to help break up the issues of access and opportunity for actors. There are so many actors that do not get seen because they don’t have the money or the right agent or they didn’t go to drama school or they are from a certain background.”

The young talents are now given the chance to further their career by performing for a welcoming audience and a panel of industry movers and shakers including agents, casting directors and directors.

Jimmy said: “Over the years we have seen great success stories, from actors getting jobs, agents, castings and growing in confidence by having a regular platform to keep sharp.”

The show has attracted over the years some big names including iconic comedian Lenny Henry, Javone Prince from the PhoneShop, Aml Ameen from Harry’s Law, Hugh Quarshie another Holby City star, and Chucky Venn from EastEnders.

There will be some success stories as special guests on the night including Sherika Sherard and Shoot From The Hip who will appear on stage.

The judges are Hamish Pirie, Bob Carlton, Rachel Sheridan, Jackie Williamson, Jennifer Withers and Peep Show and The Office’s casting director Rachel Freck.

Tickets cost £9 to £12.50. For more information or tickets visit stratfordeast.com/monologueslam-uk-12


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