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Friday, 5 August 2011

Monologue Slam UK Leeds - Launch Night 2011

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This is the promo video for the MonologueSlam UK - Leeds Launch Night 
At The Wardrobe on 6th June 2011. 

It was an absolutely fantastic evening with some wonderfully talented actors on stage, proving that the North and even more specifically YORKSHIRE does have what it takes to make it in the Acting Industry. 

Judges on the night included Madani Younis of Freedom Studios & Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre. Vicki Psarias, Award Winning Film Writer & Director. Jo Adamson - Parker, Casting Director and Rik Makarem, well known Actor currently playing Nikhil Sharma in ITV's Emmerdale. Our wonderful presenter was Lewis Barker. Our Fantasic DJ was DJ Tigga and KODH came down to film. 

For those who are unfamiliar with MonologueSlam UK, it is the "ULTIMATE Actors Showcase", created to give actors an alternative outlet to display their talent to industry professionals. It's FREE and it's a great platform for Actors to practice their craft and improve their performance skills before an audience. 

Lladel Bryant, a local Actor from Leeds was the winner on the night and has since gone on to do great things! He is now NYT allumni and a Co-Founder of the infamous CHICKEN SHOP SHAKESPEARE. CSS is collaborative project based in Leeds and the North of England, who bring Shakespearean words and scenes to unexpected situations, environments and new audiences. Lladel has toured with Leeds writer Zodwa Nyoni and had some TV success. 

We hoped to bring another show in September 2011, however at the time it was extremely difficult to get industry professionals in the area to back such a wonderful project. The company was virtually still unheard of and we're still making a name for themselves in London. 

I guess we were just a bit before our time, however the company has since gone from strength to strength in London and Manchester so I'm positive it won't be long until Yorkshire industry leaders finally open their eyes to this wonderful opportunity. 

"Raise that bar!"

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