Preparing a Monologue

Now that you’ve chosen a monologue to work with, here are some thoughts and ideas about how to begin to approach the text.

Start by thinking about, and acknowledging where you want to end up – sounding as if you know what you are talking about – sounding as if you are the character who actually speaks those specific words because they express what the character needs to say at that moment.

Rather than trying to ‘do acting’ at the beginning, begin by getting familiar with the actual words, by taking the time to say those words clearly, honestly and specifically.

I’ve chosen a short passage from Romeo and Juliet, but the same principle applies to contemporary text, to ALL text.


2 July 2009 at 5:12 PM

Thanks so much for that, Kate – and apologies for the delay in responding. I will definitely check out Mr Poggi

26 September 2009 at 4:29 AM

Clearly, some of the best applied reasoning, self-proving in its unmistakable and undeniable results, relative to the absolute need to say it Out-Loud! –And so clearly and logically laid out. I’ve always made it point #1 to impress upon my students the importance of saying it Out Loud. In this, you’ve crystallized that importance. Your students are very lucky indeed. Thanks and Bravo! JM

    26 September 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks JM. I was reminded yesterday that the ancient Greeks always read out loud, they had no concept of the written word as being ‘in the head’ alone, the way we do nowadays. I feel a new exercise coming on…

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