Make The Cut is the hottest competition for actors and writers seeking an opportunity and a platform to showcase their talents.

Some of the UK’s most talented emerging artists are selected to compete in front of a voting audience and an industry panel. Hoping to make the cut, writers submit their work and the top monologues are shortlisted for the competition. After a first round of auditions, actors are chosen to go head to head, performing the monologues in a series of rounds, in which the winning actor and writer is chosen!

WINNING PRIZES! Supporting rising talent in moving forward with their careers!

Actors: £156 towards Equity membership (Trade Union for professional performers) or a term’s free membership to The Actors Club run by Director’s Cut Theatre Company.

Writers: Free script development service. Three dramaturgy sessions (full script analysis) on any script or piece of writing of their choice with Artistic Director Heather Ward or free membership to The Writers Club run by Director’s Cut Theatre Company.

A competition like no other. The question is – who will Make The Cut?


We are looking for 1-2 minute monologues for our upcoming event Make The Cut at Pleasance Theatre on Wednesday 21st February 2024.

Writers Brief 

  • 1-2 minute monologues

  • We are looking for a mixture comedy and drama; pieces that evoke emotions/reactions in our audience

  • Monologues that have a twist at the end!

Due to the structure of the event and the different rounds in the competition, monologues that are non gender specific are also desirable.

You are welcome to submit more than one monologue for the event.

We are looking forward to reading writers submissions.  All submissions will be read when they are sent in and one of our team will provide the outcome to every applicant once all entries have been read.

10 writers monologues will be chosen for the event.

Please send as a PDF to [email protected]

Script deadline: Tuesday 30th January.



We will be auditioning actors for Make The Cut via self tape.  12 actors will be selected for the event, to take part on Wednesday 21st February.  Audition slots are limited.  To apply to audition send your showreel or spotlight to [email protected].

For the event you will be required to learn three 1-2 minute monologues.

Please send your showreel and spotlight, and interest in auditioning to [email protected] and we will send you the scripts after we have chosen them once the script deadline has closed.


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