Monologue suitable for Pantomime

  • Alarna Carr

    Actor

    Hi All

    I wondered if anyone could recommend a good monologue I could use to audition for panto.

    I always, always, pick the wrong style.

    Thanks

    Alarna Carr

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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Pantomime is a very unique style, you need to do a bit of panto not Ibsen etc I imagine you're going for principal boy? although you might be going for wicked queen or slave of the ring etc.

    I'd knock something together if I were you for the role you're going for. Throw in a few audience participation bits to show you can do it. Oh yes you can!

    I was very fortunate that I was given the speech they wanted for my recent panto audition and it worked! hooray. Now if I can just survive on bread and water till then......

    • 16th Apr 2009
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  • Alarna Carr

    Actor

    Cheers Nigel, that's a good idea to write my own to match the style.

    Although the piece I have been sent to learn has audience participation, so maby I could do something to contrast.

    I have a think, and hopefully a few more ideas from others.

    I have a week to prepare, so at least I have a bit of time.

    Alarna

    • 16th Apr 2009
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    This might be slightly unfashionable, but I always think a good old fashioned Victoria Wood or Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues work well for panto auditions - they don't involve 'audience participation' as such, but they often are addressed to them. Victoria's 'Giving Notes' is a good one to look at. It might be slightly old for you, but in panto that matters less, and they might even like to see how you handle extreme characters different to your usual comfort zone.

    • 16th Apr 2009
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    Oh - and I've just found a link to it online!

    www2.prestel.co.uk/cello/GivingNotes.htm

    • 16th Apr 2009
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Sorry Emily, I'll have to disagree with you I'm afraid, it's hard to be highbrow about panto but if I went to an audition for the RSC I wouldn't do the ghost scene or a song sheet,(I think I'd get laughed out) the same works in reverse, by doing something that isn't panto it just says you don't understand or are not familiar with the "style" and it also means that the casting person probably won't get to see everything he needs to see.

    • 16th Apr 2009
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    I would have to agree with what's been said about going in with panto material. Every character in panto has its own specific function so you need to hand it to them on a plate - there is nothing subtle about panto so neither should your audition be. I would either write something yourself, use something from a previous panto you've been in or get friends to rifle through their old panto scripts and pinch something of theirs. If you've already been given a piece, just think through the show and write a contrasting piece. Principal girls main thoughts are usually - 1. my life is terrible/boring, I wish something interesting would happen; 2. but at least I have my trusty friend Buttons/Muddles/Idle Jack* (delete as appropriate) to make me smile; 3. my goodness I've just fallen in love with a mysterious boy I've only just met; 4. if only my Dad/Evil Stepmother/Ugly Sisters* (delete as appropriate) would let me marry him; 5. hurrah we have overcome all evil and now we can live happily ever after. Work round one of those themes and you can't go wrong. Good luck!

    • 17th Apr 2009
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    Sorry, have just looked at your CV and seems you'll probably be up for Principal Boy but you get the jist of what I mean!

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    hehe we were typing at the same time.

    OooooooH yes we were!

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    hey I lost one! I did a long bit about the boy girl thing but it's not come up, then saw lindsay's new message and typed the "same time typing" bit, perhaps we crashed it in together at the same millisecond and you won lindsay :-)

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    That all sounds good Lindsay, I'm curious though, I looked at Alarna's pics and was convinced it would be Principal boy ie Prince Charming, Dandini, Aladdin or Dick Whitt on offer here, but you've recommended Principal Girl, assorted Princesses, Cinderella, Snow White, Alice Fitwarren etc.

    So that would be one way of making a huge contrast in doing two audition speeches. One as boy, one as girl.

    But Which is it you're going for Alarna?

    my money is on boy, (it's the trouser suit that pushed me that way:-)

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    I like to do Bottom's speech from 'Dream' after he wakes up, as he's so childlike anyway.

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Alarna Carr

    Actor

    Hi All

    Thanks for everyones suggestions.

    I applied for one role, but I have been asked to learn the speech and song for principle girl.

    My mind is now ticking with ideas to create my own monologue, and at least that way if I go a bit wrong I can improvise.

    Although I have played priniple boy twice, it took me a while to get the physicalisation as I am such a girly girl.

    It would be nice to play the damsel for once.

    Alarna

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Do anything as long as its Panto style - which everyone thinks is a piece of cake...and isn't!!

    Do a getting the audience on your side if you are a nice character...or a boo hiss part speech...and get them to hate you...really hate you!

    Play to the panel like they are 900 in the theatre...and "do not" hold back!!

    My name is...? I'm really lonely (now eveoke the Ahhh's from the panel...they'll do it) ...I'm lonlier than that (more and bigger aahs) ...and so on!

    Have a little "nice" story in mind and just tell tell them that...evoke some audience reaction on the way!! All larger than life....the main thing is...the audience must love you...and the panel will want to see that you can hit the back row of the theatre and beyond!

    You do all that...and you will be 99% of the way there!

    Not too TIE with this though...remember a lot of adults are there to enjoy the show with the kids!

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Alarna Carr

    Actor

    Thanks Mark

    I must admit a bit worried about the animated side of it, as I have mainly been doing TV and film auditions, so emphasis on the naturalism, but I love panto and with all the excellent advice people have been giving I think it should be OK.

    Alarna

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Simon Burbage

    Actor

    I remember a panto audition i had last year, it was at short notice and the only monlogue i had in my head was regarding suicide! They gave me so many odd notes and directions, the key thing for me was rather than having the right speech, having something malleable (spelling?!) that i could do in many different ways at the drop of a hat. Be fearless and bold and they'll love it!

    wishing you a leg-breaking time

    x

    • 17th Apr 2009
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  • Jonathon Michaels

    Actor

    Great points everyone

    I've just been invited to perform a 3minute panto monologue for a TIE tour

    Would love to get some tips or ideas as I have 5 days to come up with both a monologue and 2 differing suitable songs

    • 15th Sep 2016
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  • Thomasin Lockwood

    Actor

    I just write them myself! I adapt double entendre's and jokes to how much the pantomime is focused on children or for the whole family.

    • 21st Sep 2016
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    Why are all these posts from 6 or 7 years ago suddenly appearing?

    • 21st Sep 2016
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Yes we seem to be turning into archaeologists :-)

    • 21st Sep 2016
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