Shakespeare monologues competition

Shakespeare’s plays are full of fantastic moments when characters speak to the audience and tell them their inner feelings and desires. Pupils are invited to learn a Shakespeare monologue off by heart or produce an original monologue based on a Shakespeare character, and film their performances.

Complete the entry form online and submit the monologues via Youtube; from age 7 upwards.

Opening date for entries: Monday 3 December 2018
Deadline to enter: Friday 1 March 2019

Download the rules and guidelines here

The competition is now closed – Results will be announced at the end of March.

We are delighted that the competition this year will be judge by Mr James Hartley, author of Cold Fire “the second in the Shakespeare´s Moon series based on Romeo and Juliet”.

James Hartley was born on the Wirral in 1973. He has lived in Singapore, Oman, Scotland and France but now lives and works in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children. The Shakespeare´s Moon series of books are aimed at giving young teenager readers a fresh route into the plays. The books are stocked at the Globe and National theatres and are supported by writers such as Charles Nichols and actors like Christopher Ecclestone. James works closely with Shakespeare´s Schoolroom in Stratford-Upon- Avon, where Shakespeare went to school. James loves to hear from teachers, educators and young readers and writers and you can read more about the books and contact him here:

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Only schools whose Head is a Member with ISA are eligible to enter this competition. Please contact our membership department to enquire about joining ISA.