Monologue by British playwright needed

  • Carol Bryce

    Actor

    Hi

    I have an audition coming up which I need to prepare a monologue for (any monologue), and I'm also doing a showcase at my acting class which requires us to perform a monologue by a British playwright.

    Obviously I can kill two birds with one stone and just do the same monologue for both the audition and the showcase, but I'm at a loss as to which piece to perform....can anyone recommend a monologue which is a) contemporary (and preferably dramatic), b) by a British playwright and c) suitable for a female?

    Many thanks

    Carol

    • 28th Dec 2013
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  • Carrie Cohen

    Actor

    Most actors discover monologues by either going to the library to read plays (Coward Rattigan, Churchill,Satre,Reza, Lavery), going to the theatre to see plays or listening to the radio to hear plays. You can cobble together a monologue from some dialogue from a play that you have enjoyed or even from a film or television script. In desperation you could go to Samuel French and buy a book of monologues. I will give you one suggestion of a play to read: "Ring Round The Moon" by Jean Anhouihl.

    • 25th Nov 2013
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    There are 100s of wonderful british-written female monologues out there!!

    The best way to find a monologue that suits your casting and that you can engage with, is to spend a couple of hours in French's reading through their collections.

    Also if you're after really up to date contemporary, go to theatres such as the Royal Court, 503, Bush, Ovalhouse, Soho to see the new writing plays that are on there - and where you can buy playtexts as programmes.

    Lucy Kerbel has also just published a book called '100 Great Plays for Women' which lists some of the best plays out there with strong female protagonists.

    Good luck - am sure you'll find something really perfect!

    Suzanne

    • 25th Nov 2013
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  • Claire Dyson

    Actor

    You could try a monologue by "Katherine" which comes near the end of "The Secret Rapture" by David Hare. It's a great piece,

    Good luck.

    Claire.

    • 29th Nov 2013
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  • Carol Bryce

    Actor

    Thanks all for your suggestions - I've recently moved to Edinburgh and don't know where the library is yet(!) but I'll do plenty of research.

    • 2nd Dec 2013
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  • Jeremy Reece

    Actor

    The opening monologue by Anne Boleyn in "Anne Boleyn" (by Howard brenton 2010) is pretty powerful - only snag for an audition is it has a bag, bible and her severed head as props.

    • 3rd Dec 2013
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  • David Rowley

    Actor

    Try looking at some of Jim Cartwrights stuff. Especially 'Road' and 'Two' he always has a good selection of dramatic monologues in his plays.

    Good luck

    David

    • 3rd Dec 2013
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  • Debbie Christie

    Actor

    Seven Stages of an Affair by Lorraine Forrest-Turner has several great monologues. It's a one act play (available at Samuel French). I played the original part of Caroline and I often still use those pieces at auditions.

    • 4th Dec 2013
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  • Karly Friend

    Actor

    Love and Money by Dennis Kelly.. its fantastic.

    • 5th Dec 2013
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  • Carol Bryce

    Actor

    All great suggestions, thank you!

    • 5th Dec 2013
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  • James Lorcan

    Actor

    Anything written by David Eldridge is well worth considering. He wrote for the Royal Court for many years. Phillip Ridley is also worth looking at.

    • 28th Dec 2013
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