Mono Club

For Schools / For Youth

A do-it-yourself guide to running your own virtual book-club, exploring the monologue scripts from This Was Urgent Yesterday.

This guide has been created as a resource for young people, teachers, youth workers, arts workers and performers to assist you in facilitating your very own Mono Club. Within the guide you will find help to create your Mono Club plans, templates, links to interviews with the writers and some tips to help you in facilitating discussions. The guide also includes everything you need to set up your Mono Club, from easy-to-follow steps to forming your group, to graphic design templates that you can use to advertise.

The Inaugural Mono Club

Mono Club was a virtual “book club” using the This Was Urgent Yesterday scripts. Facilitators Alyson Evans and Kirste Vandergiessen worked with five young people over eight weeks to explore the scripts, including guest appearances with some of the writers. Alyson and Kirste then developed the DIY Mono Club resource to download and use (at no cost) for anyone interested in runing their own local or digital Mono Clubs.

The ten-minute monologues included in This Was Urgent Yesterday tell stories that celebrate and explore the complex, dynamic, courageous, frustrating, joyful and sometimes mundane heart that is regional Australia. They were written by fourteen emerging regional playwrights during Writing Place – a nine-day residency program, supported by mentors Emily Steel, Caleb Lewis and Mary Anne Butler.

Mono Club is supported by the Australia Government through the Australia Council, it’s arts funding and advisory body.