Roaring Voices Monologues

All monologues are 10 minutes in length

A. Death of a Cyclist

By Steve Waters

A poignant, bleakly comic piece imagining the moments after death as a woman struggles to come to terms with the biggest shock of all.

Steve has had recent hits at The Bush and Donmar Warehouse and is now under commission to Channel Four Films, Out of Joint and The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

B. The Talented Mister…

By Janice Okoh

Inspired by the difficulties in today’s job market, a young graduate takes desperate measures and seeks advice on how to cheat an interview from a larger than life Mr fix-it.

Janice is an award-winning playwright. She is a Menagerie Associate Writer, and in 2011, her play, Little Birds, won the Bruntwood Prize.

C. The Odyssey of Dimitri Amiras

By Kit Lambert

Using an imaginative combination of poetry, mythical imagery and the broken English of a broken man, Dimitri sits in his holiday trailer, on the edge of an eroding cliff, dreaming of floating home to his native Greece.

Kit Lambert is under option for a new ITV drama series and a new sitcom with Hat Trick. His first play, The Custom House, was shortlisted for the Kings Cross New Writing Award.

D. Andromache

By Katy Walker

A poetic journey into the conflicting emotions of Andromache, wife of Hector – the tragic hero of the Trojan War – offering insight into the world of those on the side-lines, left behind to wait and hope.

Katy is an exciting debut writer.

E. The Surprising Germination of Andrea Fitzgerald

By Alison Carr

We all know that if you swallow the apple pips, a tree will grow inside your belly. And if we all know it, then it must be true’.

And it certainly is true for Andrea Fitzgerald in this tale of desperation and hope found in the most unlikely of places.

Alison has written for The National Theatre, The Old Vic and Paines Plough. Her play, Monkey and Me, was a Finalist for The Journal of Culture Newcomer of the Year Award 2006.

F. Mind Detox

By Esther Shanson

My body is a bit… bollocks. Would you call that a negative belief?’

In an exhilarating journey into the depths of psychology, Nicola sees a mind detox therapist to discuss her relationship with her body and her cataclysmic descent into negativity.

Esther is a scientist as well as a writer. She completed the MPhil(B) in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham and has belonged to the Royal Court and Paines Plough writing groups.

G. The Apologist

By Craig Baxter

A high flying banker attempts unsuccessfully to apologise on three separate occasions: during a press conference, a restorative justice meeting and a therapy session.  Craig has drawn inspiration for the piece from some of the great apologisers of history including Abraham Lincoln, Tony Blair and Dr Liam Fox.

Craig is a playwright living in Cambridge, and he has worked extensively with Menagerie.  His play The Altruists was winner of the 4th STAGE International Script Competition for plays about science or technology.

H. Kitchen Sink

By Tamsin Astbury

Through Katie – a housewife, a Conservative Councillor and the great granddaughter of a Suffragette – come four generations of women’s voices in a compelling exploration of the qualities and inequalities of female experience.

Tamsin has been a member of the Royal Court and Soho Theatre Young Writers’ Programmes.

I. Ascension

By Danusia Iswaszko

What can help Henry Denton as he pushes a bolder up Primrose Hill only to see it roll down again when he reaches the top? Obliged to start his journey from the beginning, how will this modern day Sisyphus cope?

Danusia is a Menagerie associate writer, actor and director. She has worked for the National Theatre, and her play One Glass Wall was short-listed for the Pearson Prize in 2004.

Set 1 (F,G,H,I)

Fri 27 – 1.00pm

£8/£6 / 50mins

Set 2 (A,B,C,D,E)

Fri 27 – 8.15pm

£8/£6 / 1hr

Monologues are also part of the FOOD FOR THOUGHT series and the Hotbed MARATHON.