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The Monologuers: Young Writer's Challenge

The Arena Theatre, University of Wolverhampton, is inviting young people across the local region to participate in our competition: The Monologuers: Young Writer’s Challenge!

The Monologuers is an opportunity for 8 to 18 year olds to get their work produced by professionals and showcased on the Arena Theatre stage for one night only (date currently T.B.C) with the support of professional directors, actors and the staff at the Arena Theatre.

To submit your monologue, click here (link)

To take part in The Monologuers, all we ask is that you: 

  • Submit a monologue – a maximum of SIX PAGES long. This submission can be done as a written piece, a piece of audio or as a video. It can also be on any topic of your choice. You are only allowed to make one submission.
  • Live in one of the following local constituencies: Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Stafford, Hereford or Telford.
  • Be aged between 8 and 18 years old.

Submissions for The Monologuers must be made by Friday 29th May at 5.00pm. Our panel of judges will then spend the next fortnight reading your entries, of which four lucky winners will be chosen and contacted. We will then work with these four young people, two professional directors, a team of professional actors and the Arena Theatre staff team to put your monologue on stage in front of a live audience! 

The performance date for The Monologuers is currently to be confirmed.

For any queries or questions, please contact the Arena Theatre staff team at: arena@wlv.ac.uk

What is a monologue?

In theatre, a monologue is a speech presented by one character. A monologue often expresses their mental thoughts aloud, and sometimes these will directly address either another character or the audience.

Examples of famous monologues

William Shakespeare's Hamlet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u8OlUS7BhU
Thornton Wilder's Our Town - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80
William Shakespeare's Macbeth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nVXdfQiEA0
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organ Freeman in Shawshank Redemption - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7MMTmVZcVs
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harlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvkrPL1TbPU