What is a Shakey Slam? It's a monologue slam with a Shakespearean twist! 30 actors perform a two minute Shakespeare monologue of their choice in one of three categories student/graduate, drama or comedy.
Our esteemed panel of judges then award points to each artist for a variety of different skills including comprehension of text, vocal dexterity and audience engagement, each artist is given a total score out of 120 and the artist with the most points in that category is crowned our champion!
There is also an additional prize voted for by the audience as well as some Shakespeare related stand up comedy and live music. What's not to love?
Photographer: Cameron Grant
Melbourne Shakespeare Company's inaugural Shakey Slam was held in November 2019. This sold out event attracted Shakespeare fans from across Australia and raised nearly $1,000 for Melbourne Shakespeare Companies summer production. The event was hosted by May Jasper and featured music performed live by Ella Lawry. The winners included Tobias Miller (Student), Annabelle Tudor (Comedy), Mark Yates (Drama) and Andy Song (Audience Award). These fabulous actors wowed our audiences with their standout performances and captivating use of text.
The competition was judged by Jennifer Sarah Dean, Syd Brisbane and Rosie Traynor.
Stay tuned for further information about our 2021 Shakey Slam. After a brief hiatus in 2020 we cannot wait to bring this fabulous event back for 2021 and to see who will be crowned champions!
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