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Hackney Shed Monologue Slam!


Hackney Citizen article

In partnership with BSix College, City Academy, Mossbourne Academy and Clapton Girls Academy.

Hackney Shed Theatre Company organised an amazing Monologue Slam performance with local schools on Friday 7th December at 2.30pm in the theatre space at BSix College. The Hackney Shed team have been working with three local schools in the borough – The City Academy, Clapton Girls’ Academy, Mossbourne Community Academy – who have hosted their own preliminary rounds, received workshops from the Hackney Shed team and chosen 3 finalists per school.


On the day!

9 talented young performers competed to win the Hackney Shed Monologue Slam. The dramatic performance was enhanced by a brilliant live music set performed by students from BSix College and City Academy. It was a brilliant performance, showcasing the wonderful talent of young performers from Hackney.


Barry Fitzgerald from Hackney Shed said:

‘We’re delighted to be organising the Hackney Shed Monologue Slam. It has been brilliant to work with these talented young performers from across Hackney. We’re very thankful to the local schools and teachers working with us and to BSix for hosting the event, which is giving these young performers a chance to grow in confidence, work with students from across different schools and take the stage together. We hope this will be the first of many annual Monologue Slam events’


Christopher Thomas, lead drama teacher at City Academy, commented saying:

‘The City Academy, Hackney students have really enjoyed working with Hackney Shed on the inaugural monologue slam hosted by BSix college. Students have been given some excellent tips from professionals in the business to help with their performance. What has been so brilliant is to see how excited the students are about performing and although a little nervous they have really risen to the occasion and created some outstanding pieces of work. Big thank you to those at BSix for allowing the competition to go ahead and allowing our younger students to see the talent of the musicians who attend your college. It will really give them something to aspire towards. Thank you to Barry Fitzgerald and Hackney Shed for organising such an exciting project and working so hard with the students so they can achieve their potential. Let’s hope this can become an annual competition and get more schools in Hackney involved and share and promote the talent of our youth.’


Sarah McLinn, Head of Creative Industries at BSix, said,

‘We were thrilled to host this competition, our students were keen to perform and if they can be role models for future sixth form students, then that is brilliant. the standard of work from the Y9 students was impressive! We look forward to helping to build this into a true Hackney event next year with greater participation and lots more healthy competition!’

NOTICESUpdated: 26th August 2020