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Tips for Writing and Performing
A monologue is an extended uninterrupted
speech by a single person.
It is common in both drama and written
When the speech is directed to another
person/people, it is called a monologue
When the speech is directed to the person
him/herself it is called a soliloquy
Other types of monologues include
Monologues (usually poetry)
Stand-up comedy (think Jay Leno at the
beginning of the tonight show)
Certain songs in musical theatre (when they
reveal the characters thoughts)
Villain Speeches (think Joker, Grinch)
Rants (a la Rick Mercer)
Need Inspiration for your
stream of consciousness, timed writing
write to a specific theme, i.e.; guilt, pride, obsession, fear, etc.
think of a specific location, or time period
write to music
write without editing yourself - first thoughts
change your point of view - perspective of a dog, a bird, God
imagine life through the eyes of a real person, in a fictional
a reporter on the scene
turn at random to a page in the dictionary, point to a word and
use it it as your first word in the monologue
write about a painful memory - these often have emotional
Tips for performing your monologue
Analyze the character.
about the character: What is he/she
like? Their background, fears, likes and
dislikes. Name, age, home, culture.
Analyze the scene:
what points does the emotion or tone
change? Are they always talking to the same
person/object. Make notes about this
Break the monologue into sections and
work on transitioning between sections.
Memorize your monologue. Practice it over
and over again.
Practice it for someone else. Make
adjustments based on their feedback
Use a prop if appropriate but make sure it
doesn’t take away from your speech
Project your voice in the space. Block out
your audience, but make sure they can
Act as if your surroundings are real and
really there. Ex: if you are supposed to be
watching someone, “track” them with your
eyes, even if they are actually invisible.
Move around as appropriate. Don’t just
stand there in one spot.
If you forget a line, don’t let the audience
know. Stay in character. Improvise
Pause for a moment, in character, at the
end of your performance, before
becoming yourself again.