Derby Theatre and In Good Company to partner on National Audition Monologue Series: Hear Me Now Vol. 2

Derby Theatre and In Good Company are thrilled to be partnering on a new actor-driven book of monologues.

Hear Me Now: Audition Monologues - Volume 2,  led by Tamasha Theatre Company and Writer-Producer, Titilola Dawudu, places a focus on actors and writers who are either ethnically diverse and/or Deaf and Disabled and follows the success of the 2018 smash first volume, Hear Me Now: Audition Monologues for Actors of Colour. The new volume will feature over 100 brand new monologues.

Conceived in 2016 by Tamasha and Titilola, the book of short monologues was a first of its kind, bringing together playwrights and actors in creative workshops to generate better audition material for ethnically diverse actors than the largely stereotypical characters generally found in published play texts. Hear Me Now Audition Monologues for Actors of Colour  was published in October 2018 and by December of the same year, was Oberon’s biggest selling book.

Titilola Dawudu (Writer-Producer and Co-Creator of Hear Me Now) said:
“Hear Me Now has now become more than the sum of its parts. It has been the most collaborative and connected piece of work that I have created and been a part of. To be able to produce a second volume, work with so many artists and publish so many stories - all during a pandemic - is very special.”

Fin Kennedy (Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company) commented:
“It’s been wonderful watching the Hear Me Now project grow from an animated discussion between Titi and the Tamasha Playwrights group, into the force it has become today. We regularly hear how Volume 1 has empowered actors in audition rooms around the country, and given early career writers their first break. A new volume prioritising Deaf or Disabled actors and writers, as well as those from beyond London, is a natural evolution for the format. We can’t wait to get started with our venue partners around the country, and sharing 100 new speeches in our new edition in a year’s time.”

Volume 2 of Hear Me Now  will see the coming together of ten theatres and regions from across England, as well as 100 actors, 50 writers, five dramaturgs, 10 facilitators, signers, access workers, audio engineers and directors. The theatres include: Belgrade Theatre (Coventry); Unity Theatre (Liverpool), with support from 20 Stories High; Beyond Face (Plymouth/Devon); Contact Manchester; Derby Theatre, Graeae (London); HOME Manchester; Leeds Playhouse and Mercury Theatre (Colchester).

Hear Me Now: Audition Monologues - Volume 2  is scheduled to be published in early 2022, after a year-long engagement with actors and writers, and has been 100 percent funded and supported by Arts Council England.

Derby Theatre and In Good Company will be holding a call-out later this year for writers and actors to take part in the project.