SLAMbition Participants Announced by Stratford East

The monologue contest will highlight Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent talents.

Theater Royal Stratford East, in association with Ramps on the Moon, has announced entrants for SLAMbition, an all-new slam monologue-style contest highlighting deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent artistic talent. The event will take place on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Theater Royal Stratford East.

Participants will include Eliz Avni, Nicole Botha, Jade Franks, Georgina Hart, Rhiannon Jones, Ella Maisy Purvis, Temi Majekodunmi, Jack Moorby, Fatima Niemoga and Mik Scarlet.

Artists will perform a monologue in front of an invited audience of industry-leading creators, including directors, casting agents and casting directors, and have the chance to win an exciting set of prizes, including a package professional headshots by photographer The Other Richard, a digital subscription to The Stage, tickets to Stratford East shows, and more to be confirmed.

SLAMbition will be co-directed by Theater Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall and Julie McNamara, with facilitation by Sky Arts Stratford East Artistic Associate Tabby Lamb. Guest performers will include spoken word artist Miss Jacqui and singer/songwriter Max Runham. The jury of SLAMbition includes theater maker and poet Jamie Hale, director and performer Rachel Nwokoro and casting director Jacob Sparrow.

BSL interpreters for SLAMbition are Peter Abraham, Anna Kitson, Jade Odle and Tracey Tyer, subtitled by Claire Hill.

Ramps to the Moon is a collaborative network of six National Portfolio Organization theatres: New Wolsey, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Stratford East and strategic partner Graeae. Moon Crawls exists to enrich the stories we tell and how we tell them by normalizing the presence of deaf and disabled people on and off stage.

“Not only does this promise to be a hugely entertaining event, but it’s a real step towards promoting and building relationships with artists whose talent is too often hidden away in a very ableist industry,” said Nadia Fall. , artistic director of the Theater Royal Stratford East.

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