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Jules Chan and Thapelo Ray

Belgrade Youth performers reach MonologueSlam UK finals

Posted on 14 November 2019

This week, we’d like to say a huge congratulations to Belgrade Young Company performer Jules Chan and Black Youth Theatre member Thapelo Ray on winning the Youth and Three-Minute Rounds at this year’s Coventry MonologueSlam showcase.

Set up to offer a direct link between acting talent and the industry, MonologueSlam UK is the only industry showcase to be endorsed by both Equity and casting directory Spotlight. Following a lengthy audition process, the cream of the crop of local performers are invited to go head-to-head, performing in front of a welcoming audience and a panel of industry professionals, including agents, directors and casting directors.

After auditioning for this year’s event, Jules and Thapelo – along with After auditioning for this year’s event, Jules and Thapelo – along with Carol Darmon from our Arts Gym group for over 50s – were selected to perform their chosen monologues at the regional showcase on Saturday 9 November, where they were picked out by the judges to represent Coventry in the national finals in London on Monday 16 December.

Thapelo won the Youth Round with his performance of Green Leaves Fall by Corey Campbell, while Defending Champion Stephanie Simpson retained her One Minute Round title with her self-penned monologue, Query Prognosis. As well as winning the Three Minute Round with a monologue from Tribes by Nina Raine, Jules was also chosen as the Overall Winner of the competition. All three have been invited to the finals.

Special mentions were also given to Emily Pepper, Rachel Newnham and Radiance.

Belgrade Theatre Assistant Producer Lian Wilkinson said: “MonologueSlam is a brilliant initiative for the theatre industry to meet great new talent on their doorstep, but what stands out is the joyous atmosphere in the room as audiences are treated to a whole host of performances and comedy. Of course, having some of our Click Spring participatory group members be a part of the talent being celebrated is just the icing on the cake!”

To view the full list of performers, visit the MonologueSlam website. More information about participation opportunities at the Belgrade can be found in our Take Part section.

As a registered charity (number 219163), the Belgrade Theatre relies on funding from a range of Members, businesses, trusts, audiences and supporters in order to continue its vital work in the community, including its wide range of free Youth Theatre groups. To find out more about why we are a charity and how you can support our work with young people, please visit our Support Us page.