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Playwriting Opportunity: Call for Monologues

Suitcase Theatre is calling for new monologues to be included in their forthcoming production at Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold in July 2013.

1. Each monologue should be written for performance in a theatre, by a single actor on stage, and should have a playing time of at least 5 minutes but not more than 10 minutes.

2. The monologue should be new, original and previously unperformed, and should be complete in itself, without being an extract from a longer work or an adaptation from another medium.

3. Three monologues are required to form part of an evening’s entertainment on the theme of “Television” – the whole programme to include two new plays, one a satire on game shows, the other an improbable comedy. The monologues will therefore relate to this theme. It is envisaged that actors will deliver the monologues as if to camera.

4. Although the monologues will be essentially verbal, writers should feel free to utilise props and costumes. However there will be no scenery as such, and writers should avoid complicated use of doors, windows and so on. It will be possible to “divide” the monologue into “scenes” through the use of lighting, but this is not essential.

5. The monologues will be performed in the Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold during the week beginning 8th July 2013, and scripts should be submitted to Mike Stevens at mike.suitcasetheatre@hotmail.co.uk to arrive before midday on Monday February 25th 2013.

6. Suitcase Theatre will audition actors, including the writers themselves should they wish, to perform the scripts, and these auditions will be held initially on Wednesday February 27th 2013.

7. The panel selecting the monologues for performance will consist of Anna Turner, Artistic Director and Steph Phillips, Assistant Director, who will direct the monologues, and Michael Stevens, Suitcase Theatre Company Manager.

8. Writers whose work is chosen will be able to attend rehearsals and may be asked to re-draft elements of their piece in conjunction with discussions with the director.

A writer may submit more than one monologue for consideration, but each piece should have a title and be signed off as the original work of the writer whose name appears with it.

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