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Tuesday 12 February until Saturday 2 March

Theatre: Monolog 2

Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE  

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A dazzling array of voices and perspectives combine to form monolog 2, our new selection of fresh writing from within the Chickenshed community.

Selected from a huge number of submissions, these pieces shine a light on individual stories and experiences - subjects of the monologues are hugely varied: a dystopian view of social media over-sharing taken to extremes; youth protest and activism; disability and artistic expression; a poetic and abstract reflection of what it might mean to bring a new life into the world; how it feels to live life on the margins, with only the most fragile of safety nets; life as a second generation immigrant in 21st century Britain; and the candid and honest experience of spending three years in prison. (There will be additional pieces popping up across the run.)

Performed with minimal staging, and in an intimate space, monolog 2 will allow the simple and unique power of the written and spoken word to reveal some comic and tragic truths about living.

Raw, funny, sad, emotional, revealing - and surprising.

Reviews from 2018's monolog

'funny, poetic and heartbreaking' 4**** The Stage

'And this well-rounded, thoughtful programme not only reveals that the art of the single voice is still alive and kicking, it clearly shows the considerable skills among the Chickenshed fraternity. On my visit, the bubbly Ms Beacock was the energetic and capable young actor in the spotlight, telling us with surprising frankness of some of the events along the life-line of the playwright, Diane Samuels.' 4**** Act Drop

'Young actress Lucy-Mae Beacock gave an impressive performance as the Younger Diane.' West End Wilma

'The pieces sit together exceptionally well due to the high quality of writing, direction and delivery.' 4**** The Reviews Hub

'McGuirk gives a delightful performance, drawing the audience in with her bold and bubbly characterisation.' 3*** Spy in the Stalls

'An engaging and intelligent evening’s theatre.' Sardines

'A thoroughly entertaining – and unique – evening.' Theatre Things

'Combining comedy and drama is what makes monolog truly successful, connecting the audience with the performance.' 4**** The Upcoming

'The show concludes with a stunning performance by Alesha Bhakoo in Last Place of the Sun which she created with Dave Carey and Milly Rolle. The piece is a fine combination of sharp, concise, sensitive writing and Alesha’s ability to make everything, including the moments of silence, incredibly interesting. It was a very moving monologue to conclude another welcome show from Chickenshed.British Theatre Guide

‘Excellent performances. I loved Belinda McGuirk’s performance as the tragi-comic Lesley in Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance.' My Theatre Mates

Performance Synopses & Schedule

With a total of seven pieces, these brand new monologues have been split into two groups with each group performed on a rotating basis. Further details on these groups is shown below, along with a brief synopsis for each piece:

Group One 'Stranger Things'

Stranger 
by Alesha Bhakoo

In between is an unnerving place to exist…” Stranger follows the story of a young woman navigating the pitfalls and challenges of living as a second-generation immigrant. We journey with her as she attempts to resolve her internal conflict regarding her dual identity. This piece will ask us to consider whether it is possible to combine the multiple lenses we use to view people, in order to understand them as a whole identity as opposed to disjointed parts of one.

Face The Strange
by Matthew Patenall

A young man attends a protest against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Events conspire to make this a day he’ll never forget...

My Exploding Universe
by Milly Rolle

A young woman discovers she is pregnant, and so begins to navigate the potential ramifications of bringing another human life into the world, especially in these perilous times. How much power and responsibility do we have over the future existence of our species? And how is it possible to feel so alone in an over-populated world?

Group Two 'Inner Lives'

The Hostel Angel
by Barbara Bakhurst

Never giving up hope is tough when you’re 14 and living life on the margins. Sunny and her step dad have fallen on hard times. She keeps a chart to mark the nights spent in her hostel room together with her cherished memories and special box of treasures all of which remind her of Mum. But where is Mum, and when will they see her again?

Even, Odd... Odd, Even
by Hannah Smith

Even, Odd… Odd, Even is set in a community committed to creating a more open and empathetic society. To this end, regulations stipulate that individuals must visibly display a number which best describes their current emotional state. 100 represents the pinnacle of positivity; 1 the doldrums of despair. Through the eyes of one young woman, we see how the community reacts as she struggles to stay true to herself, whilst living within this system. 

Mirror Me
by Wendy Sharer

'My eyes see, my limbs and body respond to my wishes - a strong reflection of the strength and will that shows my inner soul - let me belong in both worlds - look at me - longing and strong - a dancer - let me be.'

A young woman dreams of release from the bonds that define her – and while the audience applauds, society continues to ignore.

We Are All In It Together
by Peter Hastings

A man in his prison cell waits for ‘bang up’ at the end of the day. What fills his head, and what’s in the letters he had in the post today and only opens when the door is shut? Experience the realities of prison life and the meanderings of a prisoner’s mind as he settles down for the night - and waits for the door to bang shut.

Ticket Information

Preview (12 & 13 Feb) - All tickets £5 (inc. concs)
Matinee & Evening - 
All tickets £10 (inc. concs)
Peak Matinee & Evening - 
All tickets £10 (inc. concs)

FiverLive 
Ages 13-25 | £5 | Subject to availability

Ages 12+

Fantastic for Families

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