Twelve shortlisted monologues – intriguing, disturbing, amusing but ultimately entertaining – were staged at the SOLO Monologue Competition Performance last Thursday night at the Butter Factory Theatre.
The three entries that shone for the judges and won the $500 prizemoney, generously donated by La Trobe University Albury Wodonga campus in each category, were:
High School – Jesslyn Santosa, Grace and the Melancholy; Unpublished – Mark Dessaix, No Title and Published – Maura Pierlot (pictured above), Tapping Out.
Judges Paul Brosche, Margie Gleeson and Tahni Froudist said they were pleased with the range of monologues that were on this year’s shortlist and that the shortlist was an example of how monologues should be written with theatricality and performance in mind.
They added that after three years of the competition it was great to see so many people participating, and the writing growing. The judges congratulated all of the winners and the entire shortlist on making their job a difficult one.
The competition is run by HotHouse Theatre and sponsored by La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus as part of the Write Around the Murray Festival.
Performances of the monologues were by members of the HSC/VCE Drama Class, HotHouse Studio Ensemble, Black Border Ensemble and The Other Theatre Company.
More than 200 entries from around the world were received for this year’s competition, with the shortlisted playwrights receiving dramaturgical advice from Mary Rachel Brown, writer of The Dapto Chaser which opened the 2016 HotHouse season.