BBC Radio Manchester and The Royal Exchange open call for monologues

Do you want to be a writer? Would you like to have your work performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre? BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre are launching a talent search for writers to mark 100 years since the first women got the vote. They’re seeking a “Manchester Monologue” that looks ahead to the future for women – and Helen Pankhurst (the great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) will be among those judging the entries.

What to submit: you are asked to submit a single voiced piece that is written for performance (e.g. a monologue which can be a script, spoken word or poetry). The theme is ‘Women and the Future’ and your writing should show a local connection to Greater Manchester. Your piece should be up to, but no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud.

What you get: the five winning monologues will be performed at a showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre The work performed alongside award-winning poet Jo Bell. Prior to this the winning writers will have the opportunity to develop their piece with advice and mentorship from the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Judging criteria:

  • The quality and accomplishment of the writing.
  • The strength of the idea based on the theme ‘Women and the Future’
  • The strength of the character’s “voice”.
  • Local relevance to  Greater Manchester

Who can apply: you don’t need any previous writing experience.  All entries must be original and not previously published or performed (this includes online). You need to be over 18 years old.

How to enter: email your entry to

For Full terms and Conditions please visit BBC Radio Manchester.

Deadline: 15 July 2018

Source; BBC Writersroom

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