"Fantastic. Caring. Enthusiastic." In Conversation With Defending MonologueSlam Champion, Ruby Richards
MonologueSlam, the industry showcase for actors, returns to The REP Friday 18 May for an action-packed evening of live entertainment. We caught up with returning and defending champion, Ruby Richards, to see what she had to say about competing in the slam.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi I am Ruby, I am 13 and won my first Slam in Birmingham which was fantastic. I love drama and athletics which I spend most of my time doing, theres nothing better than training with your mates.
What inspired and encouraged you to audition for MonologueSlam?
I had always wanted to do it having watched MonologueSlam and seeing how much fun everyone was having.
What was it like to take part and how did you feel when you found out you had won?
The auditions were great and when I found out I'd got through I was so thrilled. The whole experience was really interesting and fun, we were all looked after really well and constantly laughing.
Winning was quite emotional, my piece was very intense so I was a bit overwhelmed when I found out that I had won.
What have you been up to since the last slam?
I then competed in the National Final and got a Special Mention which was awesome. Performing in London was great. I have had several auditions and done lots of self tapes and I am now preparing to come back and defend my title in Birmingham.
What did you learn or gain from taking part in MonologueSlam?
Whatever you put your mind to you can achieve. I met so many lovely and kind people everyone was so supportive. I made new friends
What would you say to someone who is thinking of taking part in the slam – would you recommend it?
Go for it!!
What three words would you use to describe MonologueSlam?
Fantastic. Caring. Enthusiastic.
MonologueSlam, Friday 18 May | Click here for tickets
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