• MonologueSlam LDN Winners!

    The first MonologueSlam LDN of 2015 went off with a bang last night! The fabulous industry panel included Rachel Freck, Casting Director, Rachel Sheridan, Casting Director, Hamish Pirie, Associate Director at The Royal Court Theatre, Bob Carlton, Director and Writer, as well as not one, but two agents, with Jackie Williamson from Williamson & Holme and Jennifer Withers from Stevenson Withers. Both agents have taken on clients from MonologueSlam UK in the past and are big supporters!

    Congratulations to Brenock O’Connor, (who recently appeared in Game of Thrones!) who won the Youth Round title, with Michael Bunani receiving a Special Mention from the judges. The 2014 National Champion, Sam Hevicon, showed he’d still got it, taking home the 1 Minute Round trophy, with Alexandra Da Silva receiving a Special Mention. In the 3 Minute Round, Naomi Bullock (who’ll shortly be appearing in the renowned News Revue at The Canal Cafe Theatre), received a Special Mention, and James Corrigan took the title. James was also named Overall Winner, which means he’ll go through to the national final of MonologueSlam UK in London on 14th December, for the chance to win a year’s free membership to Spotlight, not to mention the title of MonologueSlam UK Champion of 2015! Brenock, Sam and James will be invited back to the next MonologueSlam UK to defend their titles.

    To see details of all our winners click here.

    The evening was hosted by our very own Chizzy Akudolu, with You Tube sensation Sherika Sherard performing for the audience, as well as the wonderful improv team, Shoot From the Hip!

    The next MonologueSlam LDN is VERY soon, on 20th April, with auditions taking place in a few weeks time, so don’t forget, if you are interested in auditioning for the next MonologueSlam, wherever you are in the UK, you need to sign up to our mailing list for advance notification of auditions – good luck!

  • We’re recruiting!

    We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with independent production company Red Planet Pictures to offer a full time paid internship for 12 months through Creative Access.

    Creative Access was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME). They aim to improve their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increase diversity and address the imbalance in the sector.

    If you’re a creative individual who is looking to combine your interest in marketing and TV drama, this is a fantastic opportunity to thrive in this multifaceted internship.

    The successful intern will split their time working partly with Red Planet’s drama team and partly with the TriForce team. At TriForce they will learn about live event production, marketing and social media, whilst at Red Planet, the candidate will be given the opportunity to read script submissions, help out on background research for TV projects and provide general production support.

    To find out more about the role and how to apply, please go to: http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities

    Please do not contact TriForce or Red Planet Pictures directly – only applications received through Creative Access will be considered.

  • MonologueSlam UK launches in Leeds!

    We’re rapidly taking over the country! TriForce are very pleased to announce that MonologueSlam UK is launching at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds this spring!

    The first show will be on Friday 10th April, with auditions on Saturday 7th March for adult performers and Friday 6th March for the Youth Round performers. Our Youth Round in Leeds will be for 11-19 year olds, and those over 19 need to apply for the adult round.

    We’ve already confirmed some amazing judges – Kay Magson, Casting Director extraordinaire will be on the panel, alongside Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse Mark Rosenblatt, as well as Casting Director and Principal of Northern Drama Acting School, Jo Adamson-Parker. We’ll be announcing further judges closer to the date.

    As always, this is a FREE opportunity for actors to do their thing in front of those in the industry with the power to move their careers forward. We make sure we showcase the best of local talent to our industry movers and shakers by auditioning over 120 actors for 20 spots. We’ll also be running our acclaimed Masterclass before the show on the 28th March, where actors will be put through their paces with their chosen monologue by LIPA tutor Laura Carroll. Two performers will also be selected from the Masterclass to take part in the show.

    This event is THE industry showcase for actors, supported by renowned casting directory Spotlight, and offering the winner the chance to take part in the national final at Theatre Royal Stratford East in December 2015, where a year’s subscription to Spotlight will be up for grabs!

    Get Involved!

    If you’d like to get involved, check out the links below for auditions, the Masterclass and to book tickets to watch the show – we’ll be making this a regular event, so if you can’t audition this time, come see the show and start preparing your monologue for the next event!

    Over 19? Click here to book an audition slot.

    Aged 11-19? Email [email protected] to book an audition slot.

    Click here to book the Masterclass

    Click here to book tickets for the show

    Got questions? Want more information? Email [email protected]

     

     

  • MonologueSlam MCR at Contact!

    It was a huge step up for MonologueSlam Manchester on Monday night, with our first show at Contact! The performers, and our wonderful host Dean Smith took the big stage in their stride, with some fantastic performances! (As well as an impromptu dance off on stage!) The industry panel for the night included Matthew Xia, Associate Artistic Director at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Suzie Henderson, Head of Creative Development at Contact, agent Megan Atkinson from David Daly Associates and TV producer and writer Micheal Jacob.

    Congratulations to Erin Langford, who was one of three classmates from local drama school The Greenroom Drama Academy to take part and who won the Youth Round title, Rosanna Lambe who took home the 1 Minute Round trophy and John Smeathers who won the coveted 3 Minute Round award. The judges also gave Special Mentions to Katherine Lunney in the 1 Minute Round and Morgan Harper Jones in the 3 Minute Round.

    To see details of all our winners click here.

    The evening was hosted by Last Tango in Halifax star, our very own Dean Smith, who will be taking his winning formula to Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 19th March and West Yorkshire Playhouse on 10th April for the next regional MonologueSlam UK events. The audience were also treated to local singers Amy and Lorissa as well as the inimitable stylings of DJ Kellz.

    The next MonologueSlam MCR will be announced shortly – but it won’t be long, so if you think you’re up to the challenge, get working on that monologue!

    And don’t forget, if you are interested in auditioning for the next MonologueSlam, wherever you are in the UK, you need to sign up to our mailing list for advance notification of auditions – good luck!

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  • MonologueSlam UK Success Stories – Caitlin Drabble

    2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for TriForce with MonologueSlam UK taking over the country! Before our first show at Contact in Manchester, we wanted to share a success story from Caitlin Drabble, who trained in Manchester and took part in the London MonologueSlam UK, bagging herself an agent and a meeting with a casting director in the process!

    I first became aware of MonologueSlam when I saw two of my friends tear up the stage at one of the Manchester MonologueSlams. I was blown away by the talent on display from all of the actors, but most of all, I was taken aback by the supportive atmosphere between the audience, actors and the TriForce Team. I was soon to graduate from the Manchester Met School of Theatre, and was actively looking for representation. As I’d been training in Manchester, I was very keen to break into the network that exists in London. So as soon as auditions opened for the London MonologueSlam I had signed up. Not only was it going to be in London with the opportunity for one lucky actor to go to LA, the judging panel was insane!

    When I got the email through to say that I’d gained a place I was overwhelmed with excitement, and nerves! But the day came around very fast and before I knew it we were doing a run through of the show. I told myself that I just needed to trust my monologue and give it all I’ve got! The standard of the other actors was incredible! But this was never intimidating, everyone was so supportive of one another and the whole company, actors and organisers, were rooting for each other! Before I knew it the audience were in, the panel were sat in their seats, and Chizzy was calling me up! One minute and it was over. But it felt electric. Afterwards I was blown away by how generous everyone was with their support and kind words. I was awarded the ‘Special Mention’ from the judges, which was an absolute honour! Such a special night. One that I will never forget.

    Following the MonologueSlam I was offered a meeting with Gary Davy, one of the casting directors on the panel. To have the opportunity to introduce myself to someone of his experience and establish a link with an incredible contact is something that I feel very lucky for. I have also just signed with Sharon Henry Management. Sharon was also a part of the panel, and offered me a meeting shortly after the Slam. I feel so lucky to be a part of her agency and very excited about the future!

    It took me three shots to get into the London MonologueSlam, so for anyone thinking about auditioning, I would say keep trying! I am so grateful to the TriForce Team for giving me this opportunity. They have given me the exposure and support that I needed. And for that I can’t thank them enough!

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  • MonologueSlam UK – National Champion 2014!

    This Monday evening saw the  2014 national final of MonologueSlam UK at our home in Theatre Royal Stratford East. The performers were almost all previous winners, with regional champions attending from Manchester and for the first year, from Birmingham as well! Four lucky performers got through from the auditions and two from the Masterclass – so we knew the talent was going ot be ridiculous!

    The stakes were high, with the overall winner taking away a year’s free membership to Spotlight courtesy of our supporters at the casting directory.

    Our judging panel was suitably stellar for the last MonologueSlam of the year, packed full of casting directors, agents and directors.A big thank you to Dawn Walton, Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre, Sian Smyth, an agent from Hamilton Hodell, Kelly Valentine Hendry and Victor Jenkins from VHJ Casting, Stuart Piper, an agent from Cole Kitchenn, Rosalind Bach, an agent from BBA Management, Nadine Rennie, Casting Director at Soho Theatre, and Annie Rowe, a freelance casting director.

    The evening was hosted by the fabulous Chizzy Akudolu with regulars Shoot From The Hip making sure everyone’s sides hurt from laughing. Our wonderful musician on the night was Nadina Ameen McQuilkin.

    it was a special night, with not only the usual winner’s but an overall champion chosen as well and proclaimed as MonologueSlam UK National Champion 2014! The Youth Round was bigger and better with six young people taking to the stage – the winner was declared as George Morley, who has now won the Youth Round three times! Congratulations to Sam Hevicon, who won the 1 Minute Round after getting through to the show through the incredibly competitive auditions, and fellow auditionee Charlton O’Connor, who took home the 3 Minute trophy. Special mentions were given to 1 Minute Round performer Alexander Stutt  and 3 Minute round regular, Maia Watkins.  After much discussion by the judges, the overall winner was declared as Sam Hevicon! Sam took home his year’s Spotlight membership (which he said was great as his mum wouldn’t be paying for it this year!) and also a brand new shiny Nokia Lumia! Both winners also recieved Colin Leslie sunglasses and a Spotlight goody bag, with Charlton as the 3 Minute Winner benefitting from a free monologue recording session at Spotlight to add as a showreel to her Spotlight CV.

    We also took the opportunity to remember our friend Joe Grime – Joe was a wonderful DJ and friend of TriForce who’d been the resident TriForce DJ for many years. Just last month, Joe sadly passed away after suffering from cancer. Joe’s family came to see the show, and wanted to share with the audience the support they’d received from Macmillan Cancer Support. If you would like to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support in Joe’s memory, please click here to make a donation online directly to the charity.

    The next MonologueSlam UK will be on Monday 2nd March 2015, with auditions on Saturday 31st January. Make sure you sign up to our mailing list and you’ll find out first when the auditions are available to book and come and take the MonologueSlam UK challenge!

  • MonologueSlam UK Success Stories – Birmingham

    Congratulations to MonologueSlam performers Sunny Dhap and Vincent Clarke, who after winning the 1 minute round and the 3 minute round respectively at the inaugural MonologueSlam Birmingham, were cast in a show together at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham.

    “Our Kylie’s Gettin’ Wed” produced by Stripped Down Theatre, will be on at the Old Joint Stock Theatre from 29th August 2014. For more information, like the Facebook page for Stripped Down Theatre – you can book tickets online now!

  • TriForce Promotions Awarded Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund Grant

    We are (extremely) pleased to announce that Fraser Ayres and Jimmy Akingbola for TriForce Promotions have been awarded a multi-year grant for up to £250,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund.

    The Breakthrough Fund was first set up in 2008 to respond to the drive, talent, vision and determination of exceptional individuals in the role of cultural entrepreneur – a role not previously the focus of a funding initiative of this kind – and to offer backing for what they are trying to do.

    The Breakthrough Fund aims to identify outstanding individuals in the role of cultural entrepreneur, who hold compelling visions within their context and are at a timely moment in what they are seeking to do. Through committed, responsive and flexible support for the visions they propose, the Fund hopes that significant developments can be achieved that would not otherwise come about, and that it can help achieve transformational impacts for these individuals and the companies or organisations that they run.

    For more information on the Paul Hamlyn Fund, please click here.

     

  • MonologueSlam Success Stories – Ambreen Razia

    We’re going to be checking in with some of our previous MonologueSlam UK performers to find out how taking part in MonologueSlam has helped their career – first up it’s Ambreen Razia, who performed at the February 2014 Slam in London.

    What made you decide to audition for MonologueSlam UK?

    I knew a few people who had already done it, they said it was such a fantastic experience which made me want to give it a shot. They also said the exposure you get as an actor is like no other.

    How was the audition process?

    Very relaxed! A friendly environment,  I have auditioned a few times and never once has it felt competitive, everyone is very supportive of each other.

    What was the MonologueSlam UK experience like?

    It was so much more than what I had hoped or expected, The night went by like a shot, It was an experience I will never forget and the atmosphere was electric.

    What has happened in your career as a result of the Slam?

    After the slam I had meetings with various different agents along with some of the casting directors who were there that evening. I have now been signed to Simon & How Associates and just recently had an audition at The National Theatre and for the US TV series Homeland!

    You decided to order an edited Showreel of your performance – have you used this and how has it helped your career?

    I would say if your going to take part in the slams take full advantage of all of the after care your given by Tri Force. Make sure you take away any pictures or footage of your piece, its a great way to remind agents and casting directors of your performance rather than just a head shot or an email.

    If you compare where you were before taking part and where you are now, how big an impact has MonologueSlam UK has on your career?

    Before MonologueSlam it was very difficult to find work or get in contact with my chosen agencies or even casting directors, especially as a new graduate. MonologueSlam gave me the exposure I needed to take that further step into the industry. Some people have said that  University or Drama school is considered a “must” then so is MonologueSlam if not it’s more of a must.  If it wasn’t for MonologueSlam and the support of the TriForce Team I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    You can check out Ambreen’s performance, see her interview with London Live to discuss Diary of a Hounslow Girl, her debut play which she performed as her monologue.  Ambreen is currently touring the UK with Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

    Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity yourself and sign up to the mailing list today!

     

  • MonologueSlam UK Success Stories!

    Performing at MonologueSlam UK can really take you to the next level. Since April’s event, one of our adult performers secured new representation after being spotted at the show, one of our Youth Round performers has had their very first professional casting (with a HUGE casting director, we don’t mess about!) and yet another Youth Round performer has had interest from not one, but two agents, while also being seen by a casting director for a film role.

    If you want to give you career a boost (or a kick start if you’re just starting out) then MonologueSlam UK is the place to do it. Come along to the next show at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 2nd June to size up the competition and then make sure you sign up to the mailing list to hear about the next round of auditions!