A dazzling array of voices and perspectives combine to form monolog 2, our new selection of fresh writing from within the Chickenshed community.

Selected from a huge number of submissions, these pieces shine a light on individual stories and experiences - subjects of the monologues are hugely varied: a dystopian view of social media over-sharing taken to extremes; youth protest and activism; disability and artistic expression; a poetic and abstract reflection of what it might mean to bring a new life into the world; how it feels to live life on the margins, with only the most fragile of safety nets; life as a second generation immigrant in 21st century Britain; and the candid and honest experience of spending three years in prison. (There will be additional pieces popping up across the run.)

Performed with minimal staging, and in an intimate space, monolog 2 will allow the simple and unique power of the written and spoken word to reveal some comic and tragic truths about living.

Reviews from 2018's monolog

'funny, poetic and heartbreaking' 4**** The Stage

'And this well-rounded, thoughtful programme not only reveals that the art of the single voice is still alive and kicking, it clearly shows the considerable skills among the Chickenshed fraternity. On my visit, the bubbly Ms Beacock was the energetic and capable young actor in the spotlight, telling us with surprising frankness of some of the events along the life-line of the playwright, Diane Samuels.' 4**** Act Drop

'Young actress Lucy-Mae Beacock gave an impressive performance as the Younger Diane.' West End Wilma

'The pieces sit together exceptionally well due to the high quality of writing, direction and delivery.' 4**** The Reviews Hub

'McGuirk gives a delightful performance, drawing the audience in with her bold and bubbly characterisation.' 3*** Spy in the Stalls

'An engaging and intelligent evening’s theatre.' Sardines

'A thoroughly entertaining – and unique – evening.' Theatre Things

'Combining comedy and drama is what makes monolog truly successful, connecting the audience with the performance.' 4**** The Upcoming

'The show concludes with a stunning performance by Alesha Bhakoo in Last Place of the Sun which she created with Dave Carey and Milly Rolle. The piece is a fine combination of sharp, concise, sensitive writing and Alesha’s ability to make everything, including the moments of silence, incredibly interesting. It was a very moving monologue to conclude another welcome show from Chickenshed.British Theatre Guide

‘Excellent performances. I loved Belinda McGuirk’s performance as the tragi-comic Lesley in Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance.' My Theatre Mates

Ticket Information

Preview (12 & 13 Feb) - All tickets £5 (inc. concs)
Matinee & Evening -
All tickets £10 (inc. concs)
Peak Matinee & Evening -
All tickets £10 (inc. concs)

Ages 13-25 | £5 | Subject to availability

Ages 12+

Fantastic for Families