Publishing the stories!

We are excited to publish all the stunning stories from this year’s Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women. Four have been selected by Verity La Creative Journal.

Read all the stories HERE!

Check out the photo gallery HERE!

Over 166 submissions and 20 stories performed. The performances and stories were moving, inspiring, funny and came from diverse communities all over Australia.

Our actors Sage Godrei, Julia Christensen, Umima Shah-Munro and Clare Grant, with Guest Artist Teena McCarthy were intensely engaging. The audience said they loved the way that the Leichhardt Town Hall was momentarily turned into a lounge room! Photographer Noni Carroll captured the event beautifully.

Thank you to everyone who came along, helped out in kind, supported the event publically, and took part in this year’s Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women.

What’s next? We are talking to our partners and networks about ideas for next year, to create another extraordinary cross platform, multi disciplinary Adventure in 2020. Our aims are to tour the performances, and to develop Adventures for specific communities. We’ll keep you in the loop!

In the meantime, if you would like to become involved in The Adventure, we are creating a not for profit organisation that can apply for sources of funding and philanthropy, please keep in contact. And if you would like to support the Adventure to pay the artists and venues, please consider a donation.

Stay in touch! 

See you at the next Adventure!

best wishes,
Lliane Clarke

One week to go!

This time next week the Leichhardt Town Hall in the inner west of Sydney will come alive with stories of women all over Australia over two performances on Mothers Day Sunday 12 May and one performance Monday 13 May.

Tickets online HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monologue Adventure encouraged all writers, including First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTI communities and people living with disabilities, to take part.  An amazing 166 monologues were submitted this year, of which 20 were selected to be presented live.

Women have always had powerful stories to share. And the act of writing is itself an empowerment, whether or not it leads to an outcome of commercial or artistic merit.

This year the theme was Stormy Seas, Safe Haven, which the writers responded to by expressing their own tempestuous lives, relationships, situations and moments of peace and reconciliation. The readings are structured around the movement of a wave breaking out at sea, the foaming violence of the wave top, the sliding green power of the water and pools of stillness.

The Monologue Adventure comes from the tradition of slam poetry and fast forward theatre. However, a unique part of its identity is the performance of the monologues in rehearsed readings by professional actors and artists. This year we are presenting five incredibly powerful women actors and performance artists to bring the monologues to life – Clare Grant, Julia Christensen, Sage Godrei, Umima Shah-Munro and performance artist Teena McCarthy. Read about them here.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience live the stories of the lives we are living. See you there!

Tickets online HERE.

Watch the video from last year HERE!

Supported by Inner West Council #edgeinnerwest, Writing NSW, Verity La, Orana Arts.

 

 

 

 

Powerful, real, intimate, explosive: writers announced for 2019

Great news! We are excited to announce the final 20 writers in this year’s Monologue Adventure Voices of Women.

Submitted by 166 women writers all over Australia, the monologues explore the stormy seas and the safe havens of life. The stories and characters express the very real and powerful, intimate and explosive situations and imaginative journeys of women in Australia: yearning for home, a Stolen Generations memory, a hilarious attempt at predictive text, Beethoven and divorce, racism in the street and in job interviews, escaping an abusive relationship, jealousy, climate change, Instagram and breaking up, and more.

The writers include First Nations writers, emerging and established authors and writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. The women come from across the nation: from Kalamunda in Western Australia, Hallet Cove in South Australia, Lyra via Ballandean, Moreton Bay and Brisbane in Queensland, Newcastle, Young, Stanwell Park, Blacktown and Sydney in New South Wales, Canberra in the ACT, and Sale, Melbourne and Spotswood in Victoria.

Read about the writers and their stories HERE.

After sell out shows in 2018, this year the readings will transform Leichhardt Town Hall with five amazing women performers.

The readings are presented by four extraordinarily talented women actors: the amazing Julia Christensen, Sage Godrei, Clare Grant and Umima Shah-Munro and performance artist and artist Teena McCarthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grab a ticket and join us at The Monologue Bar before or after each show.

Tickets online HERE.

Supported by Writing NSW, Inner West Council, Orana Arts, Verity La.
#edgeinnerwest

Teena McCarthy and Umima Shah-Munro join The Monologue Adventure

 

We’ve had over 166 submissions this year, twice the amount of last year, from women all over Australia. Submissions are now closed, and our actors are all confirmed!

The stories have come from states all over Australia, from Western Australia to Queensland and NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The stories come from regional and urban areas, and are being curated now and the results will be in on April 26. We will be selecting 20 stories, each 3 minutes, to create a stunning event of just an hour. The stories range across all of our lives and are written from the heart. The final list will be published here on April 26.

We’re excited this year to present five performing artists to bring these stories to life: Julia Christensen, Umima Shah-Munro, Teena McCarthy, Clare Grant and Sage Godrei. Read all about these amazing women here.

The Inner West Council #edgeactivation will see the monologues and stories read in Leichhardt Town Hall, transformed into an intimate space for the stories. Don’t forget to say for the conversation at The Monologue Bar.

We look forward to seeing you on May 12 or May 13. Tickets are selling now, so ensure you have a seat for THE MONOLOGUE ADVENTURE: VOICES OF WOMEN online here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are live

Tickets go live for The Monologue Adventure 2019! BOOK NOW! 

As submissions come thick and fast for this year’s Monologue Adventure, we’re excited to announce the tickets for the readings are now live. Be immersed for just under an hour in intimate readings of powerful short stories in the first person on MAY 12 and MAY 13.

Submitted by women writers all over Australia, the monologues explore the stormy seas and the safe havens of life. After sell out performances in 2018, this year the readings will transform Leichhardt Town Hall, part of #edge supported by Inner West Council. The monologues cover the stormy seas and safe havens of our lives and range from topics as diverse as the Stolen Generation, the Barrier Reef, struggling with auto text on mobile phones, LGBTIQ+ stories, relationships with mothers, fathers, daughters, friendships that stand the test of time and more.

The readings are presented by four powerful women actors: the amazing Julia Christensen, Sage Godrei, Clare Grant and Umima Shah-Munro.

We are excited to welcome Umima Shah-Munro this year. Umima Shah-Munro is a 20 year old  Indigenous woman from Darwin, N.T. Umima has been in a number of Browns Mart Theatre Productions in Darwin, her most notable role being Tituba in The Crucible. Umima is currently in first year at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) undertaking the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting).

The stories will be curated on April 14, and we will be releasing the results of the final readings then. Verity La creative arts online journal will also curate the top 5 and publish on their amazing website and the final stories will be published here on Content and Cultural Projects.

READ MORE about the actors and read more about stories as they are decided: bit.ly/monologueadventure.

BOOK NOW. Enjoy the conversation at The Monologue Bar afterwards!

Announcing our first three actors

We are excited to announce our first three actors for this year’s performances of The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women at Leichhardt Town Hall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Christensen (left) is a graduate of NIDA (Acting, 2015), having also trained in London with RADA and Central School of Speech and Drama. She is one half of the company ‘Sexually Transmitted Politics’. Julia has performed and devised for theatres around Australia including King’s Cross Theatre, The Old 505, 45 Downstairs, Glen Street Theatre, The New Theatre, Chippen Street Theatre, Giant Dwarf, Depot Theatre and PACT.

Clare Grant (centre) performed in The Monologue Adventure 2018 and is back again in 2019. Clare has been involved in the creation of new works for theatre, radio and film for many years. She worked for two years with KISS Theatre Group in Europe. She was a founding member of The Sydney Front. Her solo performance Woman in the Wall has been presented in Sydney and in New Zealand. She was Co-director then Artistic Director of Playworks (1994-7) and served on the Theatre Committee of the NSW Arts Advisory Council (1994-6) and Theatre Fund, Australia Council (1996-99). Other performance work includes Burn Sonata (1998) and Inland Sea (devised with and directed by Nikki Heywood) (2000), Laquiem (composed and directed by Andree Greenwell from writing by Kathleen Mary Fallon) (1999). She has collaborated with John Gillies on the live performance of Prelude to the Mary Stuart Tapes 1998 and 1999 and the film The Mary Stuart Tapes (Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals) (2000). Clare has been a lecturer in performance at UNSW since 1998. In 2012 she published an 8-pack collection of DVDs and archival documents on the work of The Sydney Front.

Sage Godrei (right) completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Screen Studies major and Acting electives at Murdoch Uni, Perth W.A. She has since completed short courses at 16th Street in Melbourne and Masterclasses with Howard Fine, Ira Seidenstein, Kate Gaul and more. Sage has performed at the Sydney Opera House for Alex Brun’s ONENESS: A Voice Without Form, The Rocks Village Bazaar for Mongrel Mouth’s The Age of Entitlement, Archway 1 Theatre and in several of her own theatre conceptions which she writes and produces through her company On the Cusp Productions. Sage has played 4 major roles in feature films one of which has gained distribution in cinemas nationally March 2019. This year Sage has also released a comedy web series she wrote / directed and starred in called COCO the Micro Series. She will also produce / direct a children’s theatre show funded by the Inner West Council.
BE A PART OF THE ADVENTURE

We have received over 50 submissions, four weeks out from the closing date of 14 April 2019. Make sure we have your submission! Download the submission form here.

This year the Adventure moves to the Leichhardt Town Hall as part of the Inner West Council’s EDGE Activation program. Two performances will take place on Sunday 12 May, and one performance on Monday 13 May.  Reserve your seat here.

Monologue Adventure accepted into EDGE Activation

We are excited that The Monologue Adventure moves to the Leichhardt Town Hall this year as part of the Inner West Council’s EDGE Activation program.

It’s a big space, and the challenge is to create intimacy and empowerment within that. The Adventure is absolutely committed to audience immersion, maintaining a sense of direct connection with the text and with the actors within the space. We are going to explore lighting design within that framework and can’t wait to get into the space and play!

SAVE THE DATE!
The dates for The Monologue Adventure performances at Leichhardt Town Hall this year are again around Mother’s Day. Two performances will take place on Sunday 12 May, and one performance on Monday 13 May. 

From their expert editorial team, Verity La will select, pay and publish the top three writers performed at The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women.

Called “the future of Australian online publishing” Verity La Creative Journal and the extraordinary team with Michele Seminara have been pushing the boundaries and publishing outstanding Australian and international writers in fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Established in 2010 Verity La is an on-line, no-way-for-profit, creative arts journal, publishing short fiction and poetry, cultural comment, photomedia, reviews, and interviews. As it says on the mast-head, bravery is essential in the Verity La neck of the woods, which means creative risk-taking, freedom, and – above all else – being no one but yourself.

Check out Verity La here and subscribe to their amazing journal. And celebrate!

The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women Submissions close 14 April, 2019.

Download the entry form here! #getwriting

The Monologues are selected!

After 82 submissions and weeks of reading and discussing, we have selected these monologues to bring to life the moments of all women, young and old. From the light hearted, to the profound, the tragic and the hilarious, the monologue readings will be an event that promises to be moving and uplifting.

All these monologues will be heard for the first time at The Monologue Adventure, May 13, 15 and 17 @Studio MV, Parramatta Road, Sydney.  We look forward to seeing you! Book tickets here! Come a little earlier on Sunday 13 to the exhibition opening of Studio ARTES artists, volunteers and staff.

BEGINNINGS

The Carrot: Kerry Fair, Walcha, NSW

A light-hearted look at the trials of writing. ‘Writing is like a twin sibling. We often bicker and call each other names, but we share our deepest thoughts and we’d be lost without each other!’

SECRETS

My Secret Affair with Dame Edna: Michelle Reidy, The Entrance, NSW

April discovers true love in an unexpected place during the worst male drought of her life.

Leviticus: Siobhan Colman, Blacktown, Sydney, NSW

A young lesbian is afraid after a murder in a town where there are rules about purity.

How Not to Confess: Michiko Parnell, Dianela, Perth, WA

A single mistake changes everything between a young woman, her boyfriend, and his dog.

Shock Treatment: Lliane Clarke, Petersham, Sydney, NSW

It’s hard to be in a hurry in Intensive Care.

LONGINGS

The Greyhound, the Dark-Bearded Man and the Wind: Hasitha Adhikariarachchi, Meadowbank, NSW

Helen asks Karma to avenge her betrayal in her final hours.

The Cold Streak: Emma Graham, Newcastle, NSW

Adelaide has been preparing for her date with a bottle of whiskey and her cat Frank.

My Empty Embrace: Rebecca Ryall, Nimbin, NSW

An intimate portrait of love and loss, and the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship.

Picture Perfect: Maura Pierlot, Canberra, ACT

Convinced she is fat, teenager Reena is trying to market a better version of herself online.

Tonight’s Performance: You’ve Definitely Got Rabies: Ashley Kalaigan-Blunt, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW

A moment of weakness on a vacation in Bhutan keeps a young woman up all night.

TRIUMPHS

The Year of the Dog: Susan Francis, Newcastle, NSW

Olivia is happy to find herself surrounded by dogs – it’s just that they are everyone else’s.

The Boy from the Bus: Jude Bridge, Kewdale, Perth, WA

Teenager Ally is determined to do things her way, popcorn and all.

Stage Fright: Britnie Jasmine-Johnston, Preston, Melbourne VIC

Jenna enters into a D&M with her vagina as she awaits the results of pregnancy test.

ENDINGS

Cup in Hand: Anne Casey, Northbridge, Sydney, NSW

A literary soliloquy exploring a woman’s life lived fully, using the metaphor of a cup.

Art changes lives

Art is a powerful mental and physical connect, a way to revitalise, empower and release the potential of everyone, no matter who they are.

As President of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus I have seen many singers come through the community, and the experience of singing and performing has affected their lives on many lives. It’s not just confidence and the ability to make a great sound! It’s more than that. It’s all the benefits of building a community of support, understanding, tolerance and most of all a sense of humour about life!

At the award-winning program Moorambilla Voices, this is played out with young children in primary and high school, where the chance to sing, play taiko and dance is often a revelation to many.  That may not lead to a career in the performing arts, but it might mean a better job interview, a chance at high school captain, standing up at school assembly, or just feeling that it’s okay to be yourself.

At Studio ARTES, the commitment to art in practice for people living with disability is powerful, and across the visual, performing arts has seen many people gain an insight and confidence in themselves that other programs can’t reach. The way that creativity is used in everyday life in the Learning and Life Skills program is also evidence of this.

Photo: Chris Haysom

Say the magic word

Writing text and the creating the mental space we have in our lives to digest words has a long history! We started chiselling symbols on stone, parchment, paper and now it’s screen. Has the way we communicate with words changed? Yep. #spellinghasgoneforstarters.

But has long form text disappeared? Or are we still interested in novels, and places where we disappear into the minds of others through words?

The strength of fiction, particularly sci-fi and imagined worlds has by no means diminished. Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter. All the characters, situations, place, internal drama are brought to life by …. words. Then the visuals take over.