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POINTERS ON PERFORMING MONOLOGUES :ACTING 101

Gerald Langiri
October 16 / 2013

Keep practicing with and saying tongue twisters, speak with your tongue out, relax your vocal cords and remember to breath using your diaphragm. Learn your monologue inside out, be the character that you are acting and believe in what the monologue is about. Keep practicing performing your monologue in front of a mirror. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I saying?
  • Why am I saying it?

How am I saying it will be qualified by the following: -

  • Where am I?
  • What is my objective?
  • What is the back story of my character and this particular conflict?

Remember that you can have a million and one ways of saying anything and what qualifies the emotion is based on the above questions. For example the way you say a simple statement like; “I am going to town” will be qualified by the following:

  • With what means? By helicopter? Walking in the hot sun/rain? By matatu/bus?
  • What is the purpose? To see a loved one? To visit someone in hospital? To pay a debt?
  • What is the cost? What am I giving up by going to town? Do I want to go to town?

You can ask yourself any number of questions so as to determine:-

  1. The emotion behind the statement
  2. The action of the statement
  3. The motivation
  4. The choices the statement presents to your character

Keep asking yourself these questions and keep rehearsing the different ways that you can present your monologue, remember if you believe it, the audience will also believe.

CHOSING THE RIGHT AUDITION MONOLOGUE

  1. Pick a monologue that will show your acting strengths, pick a character that shows you can act, let the character be different from yourself.
  2. Pick a character that you enjoy playing, do not choose anything based on what you think the people auditioning want to see.
  3. Choose a monologue that has conflict and shows your character trying to manage vital conflict in his or her life

PERFORMING A MONOLOGUE

  1. Monologues should always be spoken to another person, imagine where this person is and address the monologue to them.
  2. Do not use a member of the auditioning panel as the imaginary person, as this destroys the illusion.
  3. You must believe in the life you create and have to stay in character through out the presentation.
  4. Mime the use of props and space to bring your monologue to life
  5. Do not be obvious, surprise your audience by how your character does to obtain his/her goal. Unpredictability makes the character more interesting.
  6. Use different strategies as your character goes about achieving their objective.
  7. Start your monologue strong
  8. End your monologue before your character resolves their conflict, this will leave the audience wanting more.

STARTING AND ENDING YOUR MONOLOGUE

  1. Walk in with a sense of purpose, show confidence and remember to dress in what you are comfortable with, let you dressing not take away attention from your performance.
  2. Find the centre, remain silent for a moment then introduce yourself-remember casting goes beyond the character you portray in your monologue, your personality also plays a part.
  3. Concentrate and take a moment to get into character before starting you monologue.
  4. Take a three second freeze at the end of your monologue.
  5. Do not expect any reaction from the panel.
  6. Keep you emotions in check and do not show any dissatisfaction with your performance.
  7. Remember to smile and walk out with confidence.

Advised by Nick Ndeda

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