#PlanetMonologues – The Actors Planet Monologue Competition

The Actors Planet is a support network for actors and creatives that I set up in 2018 with my partner, actor Katie Burchett. In these challenging times, we have teamed up with some of the top casting directors, directors and industry professionals to create #PlanetMonologues – a monologue competition with great prizes and fabulous judges.

To get involved, follow us on twitter @THEACTORSPLANET

FULL DETAILS & RULES: http://theactorsplanet.co.uk/monologue-competition/


Our prize list includes one-to-ones with top casting directors SHAKYRA DOWLING, PETER HUNT, PEARSON CASTING & NICCI TOPPING as well as an extensive consultation with social media expert JAMIE BODY. We’re also running a ‘Self-Represented Prize’ for actors who are not currently represented by an agent. This includes a one-to-one with an agent from COWLEY, KNOX & GUY and three month membership to DRAMANIC.

To top it off, our wonderful judge MEL CHURCHER has offered to give a one-to-one to ALL of our winners. Mel has worked with Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Gerard Butler & Keira Knightley.


Mel Churcher

Mel Churcher

Having been an actor, Mel’s now an international acting and voice coach. She’s been resident voice coach for the RSC & Regents Park Open Air Theatre, runs international workshops, and has coached on over 60 major films & TV series (imdb.me/melchurcher). Her books are: Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second (Virgin Books) & A Screen Acting Workshop + DVD (Nick Hern Books).

Donnacadh O'Briain

Donnacadh O’Briain

Donnacadh O’Briain is an Olivier Award-winning director whose productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally. In 2017 his production of Rotterdam received an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and went on to play at The Arts Theatre (West End) before embarking on a UK tour. His other credits include Always Orange (RSC), PEEP (a unique cross art form pop up theatre show) and the multi-award winning Electrolyte (Wildcard/Edinburgh/UK Tour).

Kate Davies-Speak

Kate Davies-Speak

Kate has been a working actor for 19 years and has worked in theatre throughout Europe. She now focusses mainly on screen work and loves to be involved in and support independent film. She is the founder of Showreel Share Day and is a major driving force behind the online acting community. When not acting, Kate works as a personal trainer and group fitness coach, and occasionally helps out as a casting director.

Mercury Theatre & Josef Weinberger Ltd Monologue Competition

It’s amazing to see so many fantastic opportunities springing up in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. One such opportunity comes from Mercury Theatre & Josef Weinberger Ltd in the form of ‘Mercury Monologues’ – a weekly monologue competition in which the winning pieces are rehearsed and performed by actors in 24 hours. Week 2’s theme was magic and I was absolutely delighted to win it with my monologue ‘To Call a Wolf’.

My monologue was performed by Jonathan Livingstone (Death in Paradise, 2011; Treasure Island, 2015; and The Witches, 2020) and you can watch his performance below.

Kieran Vyas & Jonathan Livingstone

The competition is ongoing. You can find out more info and enter here – https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/make-it/talent-development/

Free Online 1-to-1s For Drama School Applicants

I’m heartbroken for the arts industry as a whole who are suffering greatly during this time. In an attempt to offer what little support I can I am offering FREE online 1:1s to a limited number of drama school applicants every week. This will be an opportunity to workshop a monologue, receive feedback and advice and prepare for your audition during this time of quarantine.

ALRA North – Acting for Camera

Last month I began teaching the ‘Acting for Camera’ module on the BA (Hons) Acting course at ALRA North. Many drama schools don’t put the same focus on acting for screen that ALRA does so I’m relishing the opportunity to explore and play alongside the students.

It’s easy to become passionate about people when you begin to study human behaviour. There’s a fire in the eyes, radiance in a smile and an energy that fills the room when we, as humans, are truly at ease and impassioned. We all have these qualities; they are natural, effortless and beautiful, but they also have a habit of evaporating the moment we start to act or sense the camera. Trying to capture that inner lifeforce when speaking words that aren’t our own isn’t natural, nor is it easy, but it’s something that all the greatest screen actors achieve.

It’s exciting to be working with the actors of the future at the start of their journies, and even more so as students begin to show moments of brilliance.