BAME stage actors seeking quality audition material will find Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors an entertaining read and comes recommended for any aspiring thespian set on a career in theatre. The book, which includes a foreword by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, was published on June 30th and launched at Theatre Royal Stratford on July 7th.
Theatre director Simelia Hodge-Dallaway was tasked with selecting and editing the forty monologues and chose work that cast BAME actors in weighty, inspiring roles which she categorised by themes. Priced at £10 there are separate publications for men and women.
Those attending the launch were treated to a taste of what’s on offer with monologue readings of Ruined by Lynn-Nottage, Rihannaboi95 by Jordan Tannahill and Fireworks by Dalia Taha. Guest speakers Kwame Kwei-Armah and commissioning editors from Bloomsbury Publishing also kept everyone informed about publication developments and the future for BAME actors