AN INITIATIVE BY THE MONO BOX TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PLAYWRIGHTS

W H A T  I S  P L A Y S T A R T ? 

As part of The Mono Box’s commitment to supporting emerging theatre talent we are proud to announce PLAYSTART, our new writing initiative, for the third year. 

 

After last year’s successes, where all the plays were published in a collection from Oberon Books and most saw a further life at venues, The Mono Box joins forces with Hampstead Theatre to offer an exciting new writing showcase on a professional stage. 

 

PLAYSTART 2019 will offer four emerging writers and directors a platform to complete a 15-minute play, with the support and mentorship of a professional playwright. Each writer will be paired with a director and together these partnerships will receive free rehearsal space, facilities to cast actors, a producer and feedback from industry professionals to help them realise their work. This mentorship culminates in two performances in November at Hampstead Theatre where The Mono Box is an Associate Company. 

APPLICATIONS FOR ACTORS ARE NOW CLOSED

I M P O R T A N T  D A T E S: 

WHEN AND WHERE WILL AUDITIONS BE? 

Auditions will be held at The Mono Box Studio in Bermondsey and Hampstead Theatre between Wednesday 9th October- Saturday 12th October although some plays are only auditioning on certain days. These are specified in the play briefs below. 

 

PLAY REHEARSAL DATES

Rehearsals will commence w/c 14th October over 4 weeks at The Mono Box Studio in Bermondsey. These will be arranged with your availability in mind but it would be handy to know any large periods of unavailability for the director so they can ensure you are able to take part with some diary management! 

 

REQUIRED DATES 

Company Meet and Greet and Physical Workshop: Wednesday 16th October, from 6.30pm 

Play Feedback Sessions: Wednesday 6th November, from 6pm

Dress Rehearsal: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 

Public performance: Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th November, Hampstead Theatre

PLAYSTART Gala: Sunday 17th November, Hampstead Theatre

 

As this is an unpaid opportunity you are responsible for sharing your availability with your director and writer team to make sure you can commit to the production.

 

AFTER YOU APPLY: 

If you're not invited to audition you will be told via email as part of the Yes/No campaign and although you won't be part of PLAYSTART this year we invite you to look at our upcoming workshops, Speech Share Live and get ready to book tickets to PLAYSTART on Sunday 17th November - you are very welcome at The Mono Box. 

COLD FEET AND BACON SANDWICHES

by Kiran Benawra

directed by Sibylla Kalid

MEATBALLS

by Maatin Patel

directed by Ebe Bamgboye

ONE OF THE GOOD ONES

by Vivian Xie

directed by Adrian Tang

Not quite dead yet, Patient A and Patient B exist in limbo, their bodies in comas. The pair have formed an unlikely friendship, but how will they cope when they find out Patient A’s partner is planning to switch off her life support?

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CASTING BREAKDOWNS:


 

Patient A

Female/female-identifying, mid-late 30s, working class

 

Patient A loves bacon sandwiches and is in a coma. A laid-back lovesick foodie, Patient A is a calming influence and has a caring manner. She is confident and chatty, but her brave face cracks when she gets some surprising news. 
 

Patient B 

South Asian, female/female-identifying, mid-late 20s, middle class 

 

Patient B has cold feet and is in a coma.  Whilst loving and ambitious, Patient B can be occasionally snappy. She used to be a successful figure skater, and has struggled with anxiety and depression. Patient B tries to deflect emotions with humour but struggles to keep it together when faced with Patient A’s change in circumstances.

 

Auditioning: Wednesday 9th (6pm - 9pm) and Saturday 12th October (10am - 12noon)

Please email with COLD FEET in the subject title of the email. Attach CVs and headshots (in one pdf clearly labelled with your name) and send to themonobox.playstart@gmail.com by 12 noon on Friday 4th October. 

A young Muslim man explores an episode from his past to try and make sense of it. Meatballs is a story about the power and impact of memory, and how the small, seemingly mundane moments in life can impact us in a larger, more defining way.

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CASTING BREAKDOWNS:

 

A

Male/Male-identifying, South Asian, Muslim, 25-30

Your typical child of immigrants who has grown up very confused about their identity and who they are to what people. Starting to figure it out and it’s not who they used to be.

 

B

Male/Male-identifying, white, 25-30

A’s school friend whose loves to reminisce and live in the past. Their friendship has probably run its time. He’s a privileged dude who fails upwards and loves the sound of their own voice. Quite sloppy and physically imposing.


C

Female/Female-identifying, white, 25-30

Friends with A and B, they catch up over group meals maybe twice a year. Painstakingly polite and gracious and always trying to keep the peace. Never a hair out of place. Doesn’t “get it” and struggles with conflict.
 

D

Female/Female-identifying, black, 25-30

B’s colleague and knows C through B. Has that immigrant success module firmly activated and is a high-flying lawyer. She tried to ignore racism in favour of being better than everyone, but finds it increasingly knocking her off-course. 


 

All characters are all of similar age, 25-30


 

Auditioning: Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th (from 1pm onwards)

Please email with MEATBALLS in the subject title of the email. Attach CVs and headshots (in one pdf clearly labelled with your name) and send to themonobox.playstart@gmail.com by 12 noon on Friday 4th October.   

WHEN THE LEAVES FALL

by Grace Tarr

directed by Evangeline Cullingworth

All over the world people are waking up to find our home is burning. The environmental effect we have had on this planet is catastrophic. ‘When The Leaves Fall’ explores Shay, Billie and Max’s motivations to act and what holds them back from taking action. Is it fear? How do you take action if someone is dependant on you? Or you are not physically or emotionally able to? Do you still do it?

 

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CASTING BREAKDOWNS: 

SHAY. (Female/Female-identifying, 23-25) Mixed-race

 

Very chatty, would rather talk than have silence. Nervous. Shay hates letting people down and cares a lot about what others think. Only child and looks after her mother. Politically and environmentally conscious. New to environmental activism. 

 

BILLIE. (Female/Female-identifying, 23-25) No specific ethnicity

 

Quiet, thoughtful and compassionate. Picks words carefully and is aware of how her/his actions affect others. Environmental activist. 

 

MAX. (Male/Male-identifying, 27-29) No specific ethnicity

 

Billie’s elder sibling. Sharp, task focused and doesn’t react well to situations she/he is not in control of. Strong political and environmental beliefs. 

 

Auditioning: Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October

Please email with LEAVES in the subject title of the email. Attach CVs and headshots (in one pdf clearly labelled with your name) and send to themonobox.playstart@gmail.com by 12 noon on Friday 4th October. 

 

ONE OF THE GOOD ONES

by Vivian Xie

directed by Adrian Tang

After an unflattering video of them goes viral, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must question not only the trajectory of their respective careers but also the state of their marriage.

 

CASTING BREAKDOWNS:  

Elaine Chao 

40s+, female, Taiwanese, Secretary of Transportation for the Trump administration. Shrewd but knows when to play it “nice”.

Mitch McConnell

40s+, male, Caucasian, Senate Majority Leader. Aggressively soft-spoken. Unconfirmed but might be a turtle (according to Jon Stewart).

Audition by self tape.  

Please email with GOOD ONES in the subject title of the email. Attach CVs and headshots (in one pdf clearly labelled with your name) and send to themonobox.playstart@gmail.com by 12 noon, Friday 4th October.  You will be sent a script to self tape to be considered over the casting dates stated above.