Tuesday 27th September- Monologues and Spotlight

On Friday 30th, I will be taking part in a mock audition  with two former students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Joshua Miles and Rona Morison. In this mock audition I will be expected to have at least one Shakespeare and one contemporary monologue. Therefore, the purpose of this session is to have a mock spotlight with the aim to be able to perform a monologue without hesitating and to be able to adapt them and answer questions.

To start off, we all sat down in two lines of four, facing each other and each person was called up by Erica to perform one of their monologues. I was asked to perform Lady Anne from Richard III (Act 1, scene 2). Because I am confident on the monologue and the meaning, I was able to take a moment and get straight into character without panicking. However, I was not too sure if Erica wanted it performed to her or not, because of this, I performed to her which I believe was a mistake as that’s not how I rehearsed it. Any other time, I had an image of someone out in the audience and my height, in future, I will continue to do this. Half way through the monologue, I was asked to stop and then continue, but this time as a pilot. This was to be able to get a different side to my character and show that the monologue can be portrayed in different manners desire the meaning. It also taught me to react quickly to the instruction, not complain and not to show any uncertainty as I may be asked to do this in an actual audition. I wanted to pause for a moment before starting as I wanted to think it through to ensure I was more certain. I changed my voice from angry and hurt to professional/neutral and as if I was announcing it to a group of people. I changed my stance to upright and together to feel as a polite announcer as I felt this could help my voice.

Following this, each person was called up to be asked a question, something that we may also get asked, some of the example questions were ‘Who is the director of the National Theatre?’ and ‘What is currently playing at the National Theatre?’. I was asked about my favourite contemporary playwright, after initially freezing, I was able to answer but this section taught me that I have to be more prepared for questions. A good idea would be to write down possible questions and have answers written down and prepared.

The final part of the session focused on some getting up to perform their monologues and for us to give feedback. Although I did not perform mine, I learned some important tips that could help me. One of the tips were to rehearse with someone as this can really help where you look during your monologue, for example, if your monologue is to someone on a chair, it will not look realistic if you are looking at the seat as that is not where their eyes will be.

In conclusion, when it comes to my monologues, I now feel more prepared to perform mine in different ways and how to act during this. I also need to be more prepared with any potential questions about theatre that may arise and must continue practising my monologues because if not, they will slip away.


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