The Monologue Series at Bold Tendencies

Sophocles 497/496 BC - 2015

Sophocles 497/496 BC – 2015

We presented a series of 4 evenings with monologues from plays by Sophocles used as a launch pad for 4 contemporary monologues, by 4 different writers, especially written for these evenings to explore the parallels between Sophocles’ ancient Greece and our modern world.

Both classical and contemporary were performed.

Previous monologues:

DUST – by Harry Melling – In response to Electra in Electra – Performed by Maya Wasovicz

THIS GIRL – by Jodi Gray In response to Deianira in Woman of Trachis – Performed by Robin Steegman (June, July)  and Helen Millar (August)

ZAIN TYRANNUS – by Paul Murphy – In response to Oedipus in Oedipus Tyrannus – Performed by Laurent de Montalembert (June) and Arian Nik (July, August)

VISIONARY ANGER, by Lucy Shaw – In response to Electra in Electra – Performed by Katherine-Ellen Kotz (August) and Verity Kirk (September)

HOW TO RIP OUT A HEART IN FOUR EASY STEPS, by Zoe Lewis –  In response to Electra in Electra –  Performed by Judith Amsenga

AFTERMATH, by Declan Feenan – In response to Crean in Antigone -Performed by Orlando James (June), Douggie McMeekin (July) and David Leopold (September)

CREON AT WORK, by Matt Cunningham – In response to Creon in Antigone – Performed by Phil Cairns (June) and Al Barclay (September)

Directed by:

June: Douglas Rintoul

July: Anthony Lau

August: Sam Phillips

September: Caitlin McLeod

During the summer of 2015 between June and September at Bold Tendencies we celebrated the challenge and beauty of monologues combined with the importance of speaking and performing in front of an audience – live. The amphitheatres of ancient Greece were places built for large numbers – some, capable of housing up to 15,000 participants. It’s somehow fitting then, that these monologues by Sophocles ought to be presented in Peckham’s Multistorey carpark – a venue catering to the masses, unassuming and yet integral to the communities’ day to day life.

As a launch pad for newly written monologues by commissioned writers, we chose the work of the ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles. A playwright as lauded in his day as it seems he is now: one need only look to the many recent London productions of his works for proof of his relevance – and it’s that relevance we took centre stage. The contemporary monologues we presented explored the parallels between Sophocles’ ancient Greece and our contemporary world and investigated the humanity – which make his plays so timeless.

Special thanks to:


Phil Cairns
Photography by George Howard
Robin Steegman
Photography by George Howard
Orlando James
Orlando James
Photography by George Howard
Credit Damian Griffiths