The HotHouse Theatre, La Trobe University and Write Around the Murray festival (WAM) SOLO monologue writing competition is on again with a $500 prize for the winner of each of the three categories: unpublished/unperformed monologues; published/performed and monologues written by high school students.
The competition is for both emerging and established playwrights who are resident locally, or based nationally or internationally.
HotHouse Theatre Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis, said the competition not only encouraged current and emerging playwrights, but also writers of other genres to work in a different form.
‘We’ve already encouraged local high school students by running a monologue writing workshop with Mary Rachel Brown who wrote the first show of our season, The Dapto Chaser. The response from students to this form was very enthusiastic,’ Lyn said.
Head of Campus at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga, Dr Guinever Threlkeld said the university was thrilled to once again be involved in the SOLO competition.
‘The opportunity for writers in our region to access exceptional young performers and directors to bring their work to life is a wonderful experience, not only for the writers and performers but those in the wider community that come along to watch the performances,’ Dr Threlkeld said.
Writers are invited to submit a work of three to six minutes long that can be performed by one actor.
‘Shortlisted writers will be given dramaturgical advice and the opportunity to rewrite or fine tune their monologues for the final assessment process. As part of the Write Around the Murray Festival there will be a rehearsed reading of their monologues by local performers,’ Lyn said.
Write Around the Murray festival coordinator, Ann-maree Ellis said SOLO was a wonderful opportunity for new, emerging and established writers to have their monologues brought to life on stage by the very talented HotHouse Studio Ensemble.
‘I can’t wait to see what this year’s competition brings. The quality of writing and performing in previous years has been excellent,’ Ann-maree said.
Entries close 5pm AEST, Friday, 24 June 2016.