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Monologue Slam UK sends 10 performers to work with Channel 4

Connor Mills is one of the Monologue Slam UK participants who will be working with Channel 4's drama team. Photo: Joana Saramago Connor Mills is one of the Monologue Slam UK participants who will be working with Channel 4's drama team. Photo: Joana Saramago
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An acting showcase supported by Equity and Spotlight has led to 10 performers being chosen to work with Channel 4’s drama team.

Each of the performers took part in Monologue Slam UK, which gives actors across the UK the chance to perform in front of an industry panel, including commissioners from Channel 4 Drama.

The 10 actors selected are Hannah Margaret, Adaya Henry, Joanna Gay, Frances Pooley, Winston Sarpong, Connor Mills, Maia Watkins, Richard Rowe-McGhie, Debra Baker and Kayla Meikle.

The Monologue Slam is run by Triforce Creative Network, which creates opportunities for individuals to develop within the industry, “whatever their background or circumstances”.

Fraser Ayres, co-founder of Triforce, said: “We are very excited with Channel 4’s commitment to this fantastic group of actors. We’ve seen them develop through the Monologue Slam UK initiative over 2016 and we know they’re ready for this opportunity.”

Channel 4 has committed to exploring ways to develop the talent with its drama department.

Ramy El-Bergamy, executive for on-screen diversity, said the broadcaster had been “able to select a diverse pool of new talent that we will champion in Channel 4 Drama over the coming year”.

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