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.

Music makes for well-being

There’s lots of scientific evidence about the positive impact that music has on various parts of the brain – mood, intelligence, learning and concentration, and even brain ageing. Making music with other people enhances all of these benefits – it uplifts the desire to create a community spirit, creates new ways of relating to other people, promotes tolerance and patience and understanding.

Photo: Karen Watson