Resources and arts partners

Here is a film to support students to take part in this festival with top tips and techniques in performing poetry and monologues from Manjit Sahota and Nottingham Playhouse.

Want some top tips from professionals?

Below are links to videos from professional performance poet Manjit Sahota and from actors and directors at the Nottingham Playhouse to help you with your entries.

These are really helpful and will guide you through the process.

Tips for Monologues from Nottingham Playhouse


Tips for performance poets from Manjit Sahota

Lockdown Act Up – Manjit Sahota Poetry Tips 


Not sure where to start?

You can find lots of poems and monologues on the internet or by speak to your Drama or English teachers.

I have put together a folder of possible monologues which you can access here: Link to Google Drive  

You can also find examples of monologues at the sites below:

Drama Notebook

17 of the best free monologues for teens

52  effective short monologues for teens and kids

You can find examples of poems which are good for performance and other great tips at the following websites:

How to perform poetry – BBC Teach

Ten Poems Students Love to Read Out Loud by… | Poetry Foundation

Perform-a-Poem (

20 classic poems for performance (

Teacher Networks

  • Share expertise and build a Community of Practice working remotely and meeting online.
  • Create a resources bank and share knowledge, expertise and material, particularly monologues that have been tried and tested.
  • Develop and enrich the criteria in each category 
  • Link to cultural sector and professional practice with Poets, Theatres and arts education organisations such as the Young Creatives Awards and ChalleNGe and Cultural Campus to give our students a rich and rewarding experience.
  • A private Facebook Lockdown Act Up page to enable teachers to keep in touch regularly