Everyone wants to be heard. And there’s no place better to be heard (and seen) than on the Singapore Monologue Slam (SMS), Singapore’s first monologue competition.
The SMS (produced by Method Productions, an emerging production company in Singapore) was created as a platform for young actors and writers to showcase their skills in front of a live audience and panel of judges comprising film and theatre industry practitioners.
Supported by the National Youth Council, *SCAPE and NOISE Singapore, the competition, which carries the tagline, “2 minutes. 1 monologue. Limitless bragging rights.” will be held at *SCAPE from 16 to 18 September 2016.
The competition itself is split into two categories: the Teens Slam for those between 13 and 17 years old, and the Open Slam for those between 18 and 35 years old. The top ten performances from each category will go on to compete in the Grand Slam.
We got a taste of this first-hand, at the launch held at *SCAPE Gallery, when founder of the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity (HCAC), Kamil Haque presented his talented team and their interpretation of different types of monologues. On hand to present a monologue was Shrey Bhargava, runner-up for Channel 5’s The 5 Search before he furthers his studies in acting and professional career in Hollywood. “The SMS is our way of empowering young people to express themselves and pursue their creative dreams,” says Kamil.
To make the launch a truly immersive one, attendees had to partake in a few activities to properly introduce themselves to the world of monologues. We noticed some enthusiastic individuals who were unabashedly keen to be up in front of everyone to share their six-word life stories, an impromptu reading based on what they had written about their biggest fears.
If this is something that you’d like to be part of, then get cracking! Registration opens from 6 June until 24 July 2016 and is on a first come-first-served-basis. And the best thing? No audition needed.
Find out how you can part of the first Singapore Monologue Slam HERE. The event will be held from 16 to 18 September 2016, at *SCAPE.