Comical Speech Urgently Required!

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    Hi everybody!

    I really hope that someone can help me...Basically I need some suggestions of possibe comedy monolouges to suit a female, age range 20-30, preferably northern based speech, but any good ones really beacuse I can always adapt the accent to suit. Just a decent modern one that's really funny! I've been looking for a speech that fits this description for ages, but am finding it really difficult because I don't really know where to start. I always end up with funny speeches that are suitable for an older woman and then playing them older but this is no good as I need to be realistic and stick to the age that I'm castable as. I have a meeting with an agent next friday and he wants a speech of this nature as this is in contrast to my other one. I'm panicing a bit now because I just don't know where to start so I really hope that some of you fabulous people out there can help me with some suggestions? Hope somebody can! Thank You.xx

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  • David Sayers

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    May I suggest looking at the stage work of Victoria Wood. She wrote some great monologues for Julie Walters and herself.

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    There's Diana in Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn, which I have used several times in the past. She's supposed to be about 30.

    Hope that helps.

    Sue

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    Victoria Wood's 'Mens sana in thingummy doodah';

    Julie Walters character Nicola has a couple of great speeches.

    Lucy

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    Right ladies, got a bit of a mystery for you, which if you crack it, you could find the funniest comic monologue I've ever seen. This girl did it at my drama school showcase but I can't remember what it was. Someone out there might have a clue.

    It was a woman (I think a Jewish role but she played it kinda Spanish) who was going to register her list for wedding presents. She said she wasn't getting married but she didn't think she should be penalised for not having a partner when she has to buy presents for all her friends. She gets more and more neurotic and wound up, (which if you have good comic timing is hilarious) and ends up being quite threatening and unhinged.

    But sorry girls, I really can't remember the name or writer of the piece.

    x

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    You could call Frenches and read out the description of the fab monologue just suggested... they will be able to tell you what its from x

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Blake J Askew

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    Talking Heads...by Alan Bennet..."her Big Chance"..its about a wonman who ios cast in a feature film which is a porn film and she tries to justify to herself that she has something to bring to it as an actress.

    I think you are the right age for it. Its great!!!

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    Definitely. 'Her Big Chance' is brilliant.

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    Thank you so much everybody, you've given me loads of ideas and things to get stuck into!

    THANK YOU! xx

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    Hi Paula,

    As everyone has said, Victoria Wood or Alan Bennett. But also Joyce Grenfell's primary school monologues are cool (George, Don't do that!) they are generally RP but you could put any accent on I guess.

    If you have difficulty finding copies of any Victoria Wood, Talking Heads or Joyce Grenfell, let me know cos I've got most of them and I'm quite happy to scan them in and email them to you.

    Good Luck!!!

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  • Samantha Joyce

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    Marie, I would love to have the Joyce Grenfil ones if that would be possible.

    x

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    Hi Marie,

    Thank you very much for that kind offer.

    I would be really grateful if you could maybe send me the Joyce Grenfell one's or any you think might be suitable for a person of 25.

    Also Victoria Wood has popped up quite a bit in this discussion and I would love some of her stuff too if that is possible? Particularly the above posting suggestion of 'Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah' (is that really it's title?!).

    That would be fabulous if you could supply me with any of them, just send me a private email.

    Thank you so so much!

    Paula.xx

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    I do have a copy of 'mens sana' (yes real name!) but I've leant it out already, sorry. You might get it on amazon or somewhere? It's literally a script book of various specials and from the 'As seen on TV' series.

    Good luck,

    Lucy

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Alexander Helm

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    I have found it very hard to find a suitable comic piece for auditions. Which is quite frustrating when I have done a few humourous roles and seem to have an ability to make an audience laugh. So I understand the difficulty here.

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    Hi,

    Thank you. It is a strange name! Sounds good, I will try and get it off Amazon. xx

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    I Know th espeech that Chris mention re th e neurotic woman and th ewedding list will find out the author tonight and post it here so watch this space!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    The Victoria Wood Sketch Books are called Barmy, and Up to you Porky.

    Men's Sana In Thingummy DooDah is scripts of her first sitcom-type show. And, of course Dinnerladies.

    Barmy and Porky have the most solo sketches in them. She also has a new(ish) book out called Chunky, which I think is Barmy, Porky plus a few "live" sketches.

    Oh and don't forget her plays - you can get Victoria Wood - Plays:One, published by methuen, which has her early plays in it, and also Pat & Margaret. These may also have some suitable speeches in them.

    I have got Barmy, Porky, Mens Sana and Pat and Margaret, so if you hear of a ketch that is from any of these books let me know and I'll forward it to you!!!

    (As long as 20 of you don't ask at once!!! LOL!!)

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    Hi Marie,

    Just tried to send you a private email but the system wouldn't allow me to.

    Wanted to say thank you so much for sending me that speech, it is really really good - just the kind of thing that I'm looking for. It's obviously very good to have a solid selection of speeches and that has cerainly made the file! Very funny.

    Thank you

    Paula xxx

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  • Helen Belbin

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    Whilst we're kinda on this subject (ahem) I saw the stage production of Transpotting recently and there's a monolgue in there that I really liked (about walking past builders). Does anyone know where I could get hold of the script/monolgue for it (ie not the book or film version)?

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    I played Alison in trainspotting and probably still have the script somewhere, I'll have a look for you.

    Lucy

    • 1st Jun 2006
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