What is #SpeakYourPeace?

#SpeakYourPeace is our digital festival of  monologues and national competition exploring the role of peace and protest since 1918 in response to the centenary of the First World War Armistice.  Our #SpeakYourPeace monologue competition encouraged young people across the country to get inspired by the monologues in the festival and write their own  exploring what peace and protest means to them today. Read about the finalists chosen by our patron and award winning playwright Roy Williams OBE here.

45 by Roy Williams

45 explores race relations in America through the ‘Bend the Knee’ protests in the midst of a young brother’s grief.

Roy Williams began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country’s leading dramatists. In 2000 he was the joint-winner of The George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List.

Section 28 by Suzi Ruffell

Section 28 examines the impact of Thatcher’s legislation and remembers those that defiantly spoke up and out, as we recognise the thirtieth anniversary since it was introduced.

Suzi is one of the UK’s brightest young comics, starring in Live at the Comedy Store, LOLz Lounge, as well as numerous appearances on Radio 4 including Fresh From The Fringe. She is also a talented actor and writer and writes material for TV shows such as The Last Leg, Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats.


Amy by April De Angelis

Amy takes us back to the peace camp on Greenham Common and those who stood up against the nuclear missile campaign.

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes My Brilliant Friend, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); After Electra (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); Rune (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); Gastronauts (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013). Her new adaptation of Frankenstein opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in Spring 2018.

Who Built This? By Yusra Warsama

Who Built This? is a young person’s reflection on heritage and the impact of World War Two through the generations.

Yusra Warsama is a performance poet, actor, writer and theatre practitioner. Major collaborative work includes Don Lett’s ‘Speakers Corner’, a spoken word theatre piece alongside artists such as rapper Skinnyman and Mad Flow to commemorate the abolition of slavery. She’s currently writing a play for the Brimingham Repertory Theatre with two other writers, and filming her first international feature.

Game by Steven Camden (Polarbear)

Game examines the different perspectives of two brothers at the height of the 2011 riots in Birmingham.

Steven Camden (Polarbear) is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK. He has graced stages all over the world and featured extensively on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6. Steven is also a playwright with his debut play, Back Down, produced by the Birmingham REP and toured nationally in 2015. His most recent play, I Knew You, was performed at the Birmingham REP in 2017 and toured nationally.


Want to get your school involved?

Teachers, our monologue competition is now closed but that doesn’t mean your students can’t still speak their peace. You can make your own festival by downloading and using our Lesson Plans for free. Our User Guidelines explain how to get the best out of the #SpeakYourPeace lesson plans with your students. Download links are at the top right-hand side of this page. If you’d like written copies of our #SpeakYourPeace monologues to use in class get in touch with  joseph@theatre-centre.co.uk

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