1Xtra Live Monologues

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1Xtra Live | Monologues | Deadine: 10am, Tues 24th Oct 2017

Inspired by Music? Got something to say about Manchester? Are you a budding writer? Want to see your work professionally produced? Then this is the opportunity for you!

BBC Writersroom and BBC Radio 1Xtra are joining forces to develop and produce six short films, written by you, as part of 1Xtra Live 2017.

If you’re an aspiring Manchester-based writer, aged 18-30, and have a passion for music and your city, then this is aimed directly at you! This is your chance to bring bold and original ideas to life, develop fresh characters and have your words performed and filmed by professionals.

What we’re looking for

We want dramatic monologues inspired by a song on this playlist from the 1Xtra Live line-up.  Listen to the playlist, choose a music track from the list and use it as inspiration to write a 60-90 second fictional monologue set in a specific street or location in Manchester. 

Here's the playlist (listen here) and some suggested themes

Bugzy Malone

Bugzy Malone

  • Moving (theme: succeeding and persevering)
  • Memory Lane (theme: overcoming adversity) 



  • Addison Lee (theme: relationships and travelling)
  • Aladdin (theme: self-confidence and being successful) 

J Hus

J Hus

  • Friendly (theme: trying to get a woman’s attention/wooing)
  • Spirit (theme: positivity) 



  • My Circle (theme: friendship)
  • Black (theme: forgiveness) 

Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don

  • Hurtin ft French Montana (theme: missing an ex or a past relationship, not wanting them to move on)
  • Envy Us (Love, people being envious of you) 

Travis Scott

Travis Scott

  • Goosebumps (theme: Love)
  • Antidote (theme: having a good time, party) 

Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller

  • Don’t (theme: wooing, telling someone that you will be better than their current partner)
  • Sorry Not Sorry (theme: people wanting to be in a relationship or a friendship with you because of your success, not wanting a relationship with someone)

The selected monologues will be performed by local actors, filmed in Manchester and may even be published across Radio 1Xtra’s social media channels in the run up to 1Xtra Live.  The finalists will also have their monologues performed live at a special showcase event on November 5th and receive FREE TICKETS to 1Xtra Live in Manchester!

What we’re not looking for

We want dramatic monologues so avoid ideas that are specifically a spoken word, poetry piece or factual account.  The writing can be lyrical but must feel like a complete story with a beginning, middle and end.  Think of a moment in time through the eyes of an intriguing character, driven by music and place.

Song selection

Have a listen to the 1Xtra playlist and pick any track from the list which evokes a story YOU want to tell.  Think about the lyrics and themes of the song, why you connect to them and how this inspires you to write a story set in Manchester. 

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Be imaginative and avoid being predictable!

The song you choose as inspiration for your story must mean something to you, evoke powerful feelings and emotions. The more personal and considered the song you choose, the stronger your story will be.

When deciding on where in Manchester to set your story be mindful of choosing locations that are practical to film in and avoid going for parks and obvious places like Manchester City Centre!

How do I apply?

So if you’re a budding writer interested in applying, you need to be available to attend the writing workshops we’ll be running on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October at Home in Manchester and BBC Media City, Salford.  The workshops will take place from 12-5pm and will be a unique opportunity to find out more about the scheme and get top tips. During the workshops you will have the chance to write your monologue, have it read out and receive feedback and guidance from BBC Writersroom. 

Have a go at writing your script now on BBC Mixital which includes a script template. All writers must arrive at the workshop with something prepared, whether that's your written piece from the Mixital challenge or a fully formed idea in mind. 

There are only 30 places available for the workshop - in order to apply you must submit an example of your writing work (maximum of 5 pages) via our Writersroom online E-Submissions system

What to submit

All submissions must be made via E-Subs using this link by 10am on Tues 24th October.  We want to see your interest and passion for writing therefore would like to see a sample of your writing work of no more than 5 pages in length.  This can be a few selected pages from a script / monologue you’ve previously written  or it can be the monologue from the Mixital challenge. Whatever you submit it must be something you feel best showcases your writing.  We would also like you to submit a short paragraph on why you’ve applied for the scheme and what you’re hoping to get out of the opportunity. 

The most promising writers will be selected to attend the workshop on Saturday 28th October and a shortlist will be invited back to attend a script development day on Sunday 29th October -  so you must be available on these dates if you’re interested in applying. 

Application Process

Step 1 – send us a sample of your writing (5 pages max)  along with a short paragraph of your expression of interest via our online E-Submissions system

Step 2 – complete the monologue writing challenge on BBC Mixital We’d encourage everyone applying to do this before the workshop on Saturday 28th October.  You can also do this ahead of applying and submit the monologue script as an example of your writing.

Step 3 – BBC Writersroom will select the top 30 applicants and invite them to a writing workshop on Saturday 28th October at HOME, Manchester

Step 4 – 8 shortlisted writers will be invited back to a Script Development Day on Sunday 29th October at BBC Media City, Salford.  After the Script Development Day six scripts will be selected to be filmed.

Before entering please read the full terms and conditions.

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