19 - 29 July 2021

The Monologue Project with Boni Adeliyi is a two-week intensive workshop for eight young people, exploring and highlighting narratives from Black History through theatre and spoken word.

Addressing the lack of Black History within traditional educational settings, this project aims to give voice to the stories of 8 Black historical figures through the creation of original monologues written and performed by the young people involved.

The Monologue Project invites eight young black people age 16-19, who have an invested interest in drama as an area that they would like to pursue, to join actor and activist Boni Adeliyi alongside other industry professionals to research, write and perform monologues based on key historical figures.

The workshops also offer the opportunity to work directly under the mentorship of multidisciplinary artist Koko Brown who has performed with the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and the Traverse theatre (Edinburgh).

Who is it for?

  • Aged 16-19
  • A passion for theatre, drama and/or spoken word performance
  • Commitment to undertake the full 9-day programme (19-29 July, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) which final showcase on the evening of Thursday 29 July 
  • Want the opportunity to explore Black History in an alternative setting

What you will do

  • Research of eight Black Historical figures
  • Guided writing sessions to write a 2–3-minute monologue on one of the figures
  • Sessions with actors on performance techniques
  • Final showcase event in the Sky Room at MK Gallery

How to get involved

To register interest please email rcallaghan@mkgallery.org with your name, year group, contact details  and a short paragraph on why you want to be involved.

About Boni Adeliyi

Boni Adeliyi is an actor currently finishing her Second Year at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Last summer she organised the BLM protest in Milton Keynes and one of her goals since then has been to create opportunities for young black people to write and tell stories that they see themselves and their personal and ancestral histories in. The Monologue Project is that goal coming to life. 

About Koko Brown

Koko Brown is a  multidisciplinary artist who blends theatre, spoken word and live vocal looping in all her work. 

She takes pride in her roots and creates work about being the other - mainly focusing on race, mental health, sexuality, gender, and identity.

She has performed with venues such as the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, and the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh). Her work has been performed at the Latitude Festival, Soho Theatre, Brainchild, and Glastonbury Festival. She recently toured in Hive City Legacy with international performance collective Hot Brown Honey. 

“A charismatic artist with full command of the stage.” The Stage

“Koko’s writing is engaging, clever, brilliant and lyrical.” Theatre Box