2021 Canning Shakespeare Competition

Round 1 - Video Submissions 3rd September 2021
Round 2 - Finals Performance 18th September 2021

Click here to download the competition brief and application form. 

Competition Outline

The Canning Shakespeare Competition is an annual event run by Andrew Hastie MP which provides senior high school students interested in literature, drama and public speaking an opportunity to gain performance experience, meet industry experts and engage with the works of Shakespeare.

Finalists perform monologues from the works of Shakespeare in the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre's Fishtrap Theatre before a live audience and a panel of expert judges.

Participants wishing to enter must:

  1. Be a year 10, 11 or 12 student studying or living in the Canning electorate
  2. Complete the Canning Shakespeare Competition application form 
  3. Be available on Saturday 18 September 2021 for the final competition

Round 1 - Video submission

Video submissions must be submitted along with an application form by 5pm Friday 6 August 2021, either via email to [email protected] or by hard copy (DVD or USB) to:

Canning Shakespeare Competition

Office of Andrew Hastie MP

Member for Canning

PO Box 968


In the video submission, prior to performing the monologue, participants must mention their name, age, why you chose the particular Shakespeare piece, and what it means to you. 

Andrew Hastie MP will select the top ten finalists to compete in front of a panel of judges.

Round 2 - Final Performance

Top finalists will be notified in writing and will be required to perform the same monologue live on Saturday 21 August 2021 in front of a panel of expert judges at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Further information on the final competition will be provided to finalists in writing. 

Competition Rules

All participants must adhere to the following rules.

1) Each student must select, memorize and perform one monologue from a Shakespeare play.

2) Prior to performing the monologue in the video submission, participants must mention their name, age, and a brief description of why they chose the particular Shakespeare piece.  

3) The monologue must come from one of Shakespeare's plays.

NOTE:  Students can pick any role regardless of their gender (i.e. females can perform male roles, and vice versa).

4) Length of monologue should be no more than 2.5 minutes. Students performing longer monologues will be disqualified.

NOTE: Editing of the piece (i.e. cutting of lines) is allowed, but the piece still needs to make logical sense and should be justified in their introduction.

5) Students should introduce themselves by name only (not by school).

6) Students should identify their selection before they begin their presentation.

7) Students cannot wear character costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewelry, items of clothing and hair/hair clips). In order to keep the focus on the acting, students should wear neutral clothing (i.e. theatre blacks).

8) Students are expected to memorize their lines. If necessary, however, prompting is allowed. If students require prompting, they must say "Line."

9) A photo of the participant and script of their performance must be provided to Andrew Hastie’s office along with the application form by 3rd September 2021. 



First place: $1,000

Second place: $750

Third place: $500