When you go to an audition or when you are doing an exam choosing the right monologue can be the difference between good and very good.
Here are our top tips for monologues to help with your choice.
1. Dont look in a book of monologues everyone does that and it wont help you to stand out.
2. Use a book shop to browse such as the National Theatre book shop. Look and see if your local bookshop has a good theatre section and if not find one which does. Local theatres in the cities have bookshops as well. Try and find somewhere you feel comfortable looking at the plays and set some time aside to have a good read.
3. Talk to the people at these bookshops about plays with characters you are interested in.
4. Go to the theatre and watch plays and then buy a copy of the play you have seen and see if there is something you can adapt.
5. Try to get something which is in the same age group as you are.
6. Think about what it is you are trying to say in your monologue and work around that as well.
7. Consider your audience. You may choose something different when you are auditioning to when you are doing an exam.
Lastly here are a few ideas:
Female - young adult
Tess from the Female of the Species (Joanna Murray-Smith) - pg 35,36,37 - can be made into a monolgue. Do contact us if you need help with this.
Angela from Like a Virgin ( Gordon Steel) - You just thought..........
Alice from Alice (Lucy Wade)
Men - young adult
Some great monologues in Jerusalem ( Jez Butterworth)
Herons (Simon Stephens)
My very own story (Alan Ayckbourn)
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