MonologueSlam Gives Actors A Chance That We Crave
It's just one week until MonologueSlam returns to The REP and we've been busy catching up with the returning champions. Final returning champion is Adaya Henry, who will be back to defend her 1 Minute Round title on 12 May…
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My name is Adaya, I'm 24 and I'm from Brum! I wanted to be a pop star more than anything when I was little girl, but I think the drama queen in me rose above it and now I'm an actor.
Who first encouraged you to audition for MonologueSlam?
My mom. She told me about it the year before I first auditioned, but I didn't feel ready (I was scared). I then took the plunge in the May 2016 auditions, taking a replica hand gun in with me... I didn't get selected, so I went back for the October auditions with a monologue I'd written and fortunately got asked to be part of the 1 minute round.
How does it feel to be returning to defend your title?
Amazing, I went into the last slam just being grateful that I was part of such a great event and I feel exactly the same about this one. I'm excited to meet the talent and watch them smash it!
What have you been up to since the last slam?
I've been trying to push my career as best as I can which means being very proactive. A couple of months after the Birmingham slam I went to the national final in London, which was an amazing experience. Channel 4 chose 10 actors whose careers they would like to champion and both myself and Joanna Gay got chosen, so I was super proud. In January I performed in The Snow Queen at the Blue Orange and did stage management and tech for Twelfth Night at The View in Stratford Upon Avon.
I've joined Birmingham's first BAME improv group JUMPROV founded by Sunny Dhap, we took part in the very first NOW BRUM festival at the Old Rep doing a 20 minute preview show. As part of the event I also worked alongside local creatives (including Joanna Gay) to devise a piece of theatre focusing on the future of Birmingham and I've just finished filming for Graycon a short film by the very talented and local Duaine Roberts (CARMAFILM). Most recently, myself and two friends have started our own productions company Rag City Prodcutions, our dream is to have a space of our own – Rag City Play House – that will showcase the immensely talented writers and performers in the Midlands.
Have you got any other exciting projects on the horizon?
I'm performing in a stunning play on the same day as the slam called Holding Baby, written by Birmingham's 2012 Poet Laureate Jan Watts. After this performance Jan is giving the play to Rag City Productions and we will be taking it on an Autumn tour of the Midlands – watch this space!
What would you say to someone thinking of auditioning in the future?
Do it!!! TriForce gives actors a chance that we crave... a chance to show industry professionals what we can do. No matter where you are in your career, the possibilities are endless with the slam. It will also increase your confidence so much, being able to network and perform alongside other local actors is such a massive part of it; it's my favourite part.
Why should people come and see the slam?
It's a night of entertainment. You'll probably go through every emotion and you'll love every second! We all go to the bar after too, so there's an opportunity to talk to the performers and production team.
Describe the slam in three words…
Unique, crazy, brilliant