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Polly Bennett and Joan Iyiola raised £10,341.8 from 423 supporters


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raised of £15,000 target by 423 supporters

    Weʼve raised £10,341 to help increase The Mono Box's outreach, expand our community and provide 400 bursary places in 2021!

    Funded on Tuesday, 31st August 2021

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    What a year.

    Despite the financial challenges and the loss of our space at The Biscuit Factory, The Mono Box has persevered and adapted to this new online world (see some of our juicy stats below!).

    However, we need your help to ensure we can continue delivering all year round workshops and events that are accessible and low cost.

    Can you help us reach our target?

    We are committed to providing a number of BURSARY PLACES and every £1,000 raised creates 40 bursary places! This time continues to be immensely difficult for so many people, and now more than ever, we need to ensure that access to theatre is a reality.

    A portion of the money will also go towards providing BSL INTERPRETATION for all our Coffee Morning Q&A events.

    If you are able to, please do donate what you can and help us spread the love! And, of course, feel free to circulate amongst any millionaire friends that you may have.

    Finally, we want to say THANK YOU to all our supporters through the years. Running The Mono Box is hard but necessary work, made all the more possible with continued support from the community.


    Now for the juicy stats...

    The Mono Box in 2020:

    - We launched The Monologue Library with over 130 recordings of our favourite actors performing speeches, which has now become a permanent resource for emerging talent, educational institutions and lovers of theatre. We have received 18,863 hits on the website so far!

    - We launched our hugely popular Coffee Morning Q&A events and have welcomed 1,900 participants this year (so far!).

    - We offered 36% of all participants free/bursary/pay what you can places

    - We’ve continued our support of freelance working professionals (38% of participants) with continued training and inspiring events.

    - Over 30% of participants this year are new to The Mono Box and through our online work, and we have engaged a new audience of regional & international participants making up 31% of all bookers.

    - All of this hard work has meant that 4,185 workshop participants have engaged with us this year alone, and we have employed more freelance facilitators than ever before.


    A bit more about us:

    The Mono Box offers actors and theatre-makers affordable, continual training, writing and performing opportunities, affordable rehearsal space and access to a unique play collection of almost 4,000 play texts, donated entirely by industry professionals. The Mono Box instils in its members a strong sense of artistic empowerment and over the last 6 years it has filled a void in the business & helped demystify this challenging industry. It is a powerful and supportive community - whether you’re new to the business or vastly experienced - all are welcome at The Mono Box.


    To SUPPORT emerging talent in theatre

    To provide access to a UNIQUE RESOURCE of 4,000 play texts.

    To ENCOURAGE the personal, professional & social development of young


    To equip emerging artists with PRACTICAL TOOLS for the industry.

    To form a COLLECTIVE that fosters & nurtures creative relationships.

    We need your help to keep supporting this pool of emerging talent and to secure the future for The Mono Box so we can continue to reach those who need it most.



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      • Martin Edwards

        Martin Edwards

        Aug 27, 2021

        The work Monobox do for emerging creatives is so incredibly important, indeed vital for keeping those who are trying to sustain a career in the performing arts connected to others.


      • Anonymous


        Aug 27, 2021

        Thanks for all that you are doing!

      • Hannah O'Brien

        Hannah O'Brien

        Aug 27, 2021

        Thanks for everything you do :) x


      • Rachel Seymour

        Rachel Seymour

        Aug 27, 2021

        Thank you for another wonderful Coffee Morning with Ria Zmitrowicz! Can't wait to be back at some in person workshops at the MonoBox!


      • Emma


        Aug 27, 2021

        Thank you so much for all the free talks you offer!


      • Anonymous


        Aug 27, 2021


      • Anonymous


        Aug 27, 2021

        Thank you so much for everything you do!

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