Inspired by both classical and contemporary plays, The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors gives readers an insight into some of the best cutting-edge plays written by black British playwrights, over the last sixty years. This collection features over twenty speeches by Britain's most prominent black dramatists The monologues represent a wide-range of themes, characters, dialects and styles. Suitable for young people and adults, each selection includes production information, a synopsis of the play, a biography of the playwright and a scene summary. The aim of this collection is that actors will enjoy working on these speeches, using them to help strengthen their craft, and by doing so, help to ensure these plays are always remembered.
Former manager of the Black British Play Archive at the Royal National Theatre, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway was born in East London to West Indian parents. Simeilia trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre and the Royal National Theatre. Her passion for increasing diversity within the arts industry has enabled her to work as a director, producer, audience development officer and facilitator in reputable theatres and schools nationally and internationally. Simeilia has been affliated with theatre's such as National Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Vic Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Arcola Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Kali Theatre Company, Baxter Theatre (South Africa), to name but a few. Simeilia has devised and facilitated workshops about Black British plays to a wide range of arts organisations and universities. More recently her 'Diversity in Plays and Monologue' short course opened at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013. Simeilia is currently producing 'Voices from the Black Row', a series of short film documentaries about Black British plays.
CONTENTS CLASSICAL MONOLOGUES EPHRAIM Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Errol John) CRAGGE Skyvers (Barry Reckord) RINGO Smile Orange (Trevor Rhone) MAN Nice (Mustapha Matura) TONY Sweet Talk (Michael Abbensetts) GEORGE 11 Josephine House (Alfred Fagon) JACKSON Pantomime (Derek Walcott) CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES GERRY A Jamaican Airman Foresees his Death (Fred D'Aguiar) AJ Two Step (Rhashan Stone) LEMN SISSAY Something Dark (Lemn Sissay) DONOVAN Boy With Beer (Paul Boakye) BROWN Blackta (Nathaniel Martello-White) PURPLE Brother to Brother (Michael McMillan) ANDRE The Westbridge (Rachel De-lahay) JUNIOR Statement of Regret (Kwame Kwei-Armah) KEHINDE Little Baby Jesus (Arinze Kene) CHUKS Fixer (Lydia Adetunji) KKK Bashment (Rikki Beadle-Blair) BANZA Two Horsemen ('Biyi Bandele-Thomas) PRIN OSUN Pandora's Box (Ade Solanke) UNNAMED Black T-Shirt Collection (Inua Ellams) BEN B is for Black (Courttia Newland) YINKA The Estate (Oladipo Agboluaje) JOE Joe Guy (Roy Williams) SIMON Pure Gold (Michael Bhim)