m6 Theatre Company

Love in the Time of Corona


Monologue Writing Competition

Our work is renowned for its strong emotional resonance and accessibility, setting the highest standards for artistic quality and making a unique contribution to the lives of thousands of young people from many different backgrounds. From our studio base in Rochdale, our work tours to over 16,000 children, young people and families each year at local, regional and national arts venues, nurseries, schools, community settings and international festivals.

Alongside our larger scale touring productions, we have also developed an impressive and relevant series of monologues. These short, single voice plays - powerful and contemporary, intimate and reflective - capture vital moments in our lives and promote meaningful and important conversations amongst our audiences.

During this time of isolation, distance and fear, our relationships with each other, our families, friends, the world around us and with ourselves has never felt more important,

To unlock more short powerful stories from a diverse range of voices and to chronicle this extraordinary period, we are launching a monologue writing competition, open to all writers of any experience, under the title: Love in the Time of Corona.

Details and How to Enter

We are offering 10 prizes of £350 each to the competition winners.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 27 April 5pm

Winners announced: Monday 18 May 

Your character should be in lockdown and feel compelled to speak. They may be using technology to communicate.

Entrants must be over 16 years of age.

The submitted monologues or single voice plays should be NO MORE than 10 minutes in length. (Plays that run longer than 10 minutes will not be shortlisted, so do a timed reading before submitting your entry)

They must be original, previously unperformed and unproduced.

Each entry must be suitable for our audience of children or young people and fall into one of the following targeted age range categories:

Cat A: 7-11 yrs

Cat B: 12-14 yrs

Cat C: 15-18 yrs

(N.B This doesn’t mean that the protagonist has to be the same age!)

Please send your scripts in a word document to comp@m6theatre.co.uk along with a completed cover page and equal opportunities form (available in the download section on this page) using the subject: LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA

Hard copies cannot be accepted.

To make the judging process as fair as possible please make sure the attached script has no identifying information on it.

Title the script and use a pseudonym. This will enable the panel to read the monologues equitably, with no knowledge of who you are.

Please mark the script with your audience target age range.

Our administrator will not be part of the judging panel and will ensure the emails used to send the scripts remain anonymous to the panel of readers.

Please use an email address you check regularly in case you win one of the prizes!

The 10 winning monologues will be chosen by a diverse panel consisting of M6 staff, professional playwrights, directors, actors and young people from Rochdale and will in total give 34 paid opportunities to freelancers during these difficult times.

We will present a rehearsed reading of each winning entry online, performed and directed by theatre professionals.

Any scripts awarded prizes will remain under option for M6 to produce for a period of 18 months from the announcement of the award. The prize money will form part of the fee for any future developments.

Some Tips

Who is your character speaking to? Someone they love, or should love more? A family member? A friend? Someone far away or just downstairs. Themselves? Directly to the audience? The possibilities are endless.

Do they have a dilemma? Are they under pressure?

What is it they need to say or explain?

They might be angry, sad, triumphant, delighted, desperate, apologetic, defensive, tempted or torn.

 Is something important at stake? Or are they just taking a moment to reflect.

Remember this is a dramatic monologue and not prose enacted. We are looking for stories that move or amuse us, that connect not divide us, that help us to see things and each other differently. Stories that give us hope and courage.

Our experience of working with young audiences, gathered over many years, is they are no less able to recognise truth, beauty and honesty than an adult audience. They can understand nuance and appreciate layers of meaning. They can empathise with characters even when they don’t approve of them. They are a challenging but compassionate audience who deserve to experience the very best work on offer.

Good Luck! We can’t wait to read your submissions.


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