The Mono Box is a collaborative, not-for-profit arts organisation co-founded by movement director Polly Bennett and actor Joan Iyiola in 2013. The company offers actors and theatre-makers affordable and continual training, writing and performing opportunities, rehearsal space to make new work, and a unique play collection of over 3,500 plays, donated entirely by industry professionals. Over the past six years The Mono Box has become a go-to resource for those looking for alternative routes of training, those searching for a like-minded working community upon graduating and those looking to enhance their skills as they navigate their way through the industry. The Mono Box is a vital company existing to create a tribe and empower the artist.
Hampstead Theatre is thrilled that The Mono Box is one of our Associate Companies. With their commitment to ongoing responsive training and support, Co-Founders Polly Bennett and Joan Iyiola, are excited to solidify The Mono Box’s role as a vital network for emerging British artists and make this wonderful building a home for our community.
Taking up Space will be The Mono Box’s first season in collaboration with Hampstead Theatre and will enable young theatre-makers to take creative ownership of their part in the industry. We will provide space to share ideas in Creative Acts, a programme of talks and discussions with artists and organisations with a focus on how we can make active changes within the industry. At the end of this year, Hampstead and The Mono Box will host the third year of Playstart – The Mono Box’s unique new writing scheme, which develops five new playwrights and engages emerging directors and actors to participate in showcasing these new voices. We will also engage some of the country’s best-loved actors in conversation at Speech Share Live - public recordings of The Mono Box’s podcast where actors discuss their careers and perform a favourite monologue.
Please check back to this page for more information about booking for The Mono Box's events at Hampstead Theatre.