5 Top Tips for Choosing Your Monologue
Are you thinking of auditioning for MonologueSlam UK? Picking your monologue can be the most important decision you make!
We’ve gathered together the top 5 tips from casting directors, agents and a MonologueSlam producer for picking the right one.
1. “Select a monologue that suits you and your casting.”
Casting director Jane Frisby is on point with our first tip. There’s no point choosing a monologue for a 40-something divorcee if you’re straight out of drama school. Make sure you could realistically play this character.
2. “If you’re doing a classical text, make sure you know it inside out and have a good grasp of the language.”
This tip is from Fraser Ayres, MD of TriForce Creative Network. He’d also add that if you do choose a classical piece, try to make it one that’s not done very often. There’s only so many “To be or not to be” that we can put through to the show!
3. “Take the opportunity to play against type and show your range. For example, if you’re usually ‘Mr Sensitive’ or ‘Mr Nervous’, show us ‘Mr Confident’. So long as it’s still within your casting!”
This tip comes from casting director Alison Holder. While you need to make sure your monologue suits your casting, this is a great opportunity to show your range within that casting bracket.
4. “Avoid excessive shouting. Yelling can make the character seem one-dimensional.”
Agent Lindsay Kutner likes to see more subtle character interpretations. Make sure if you’ve chosen an ‘angry monologue’ that you play the different levels, rather than going straight to 11.
5. “Make sure the audience has a clear understanding of the premise of the monologue from the outset.“
Our final tip is from Linden Walcott-Burton, the London MonologueSlam producer. If you need to explain what’s happening before you begin your monologue, it’s not going to work. It needs to be clear straight away.
So get cracking and find that perfect monologue that shows you off to your best, be it drama or comedy, classical or modern, from a TV show, film, play or something you’ve written yourself. And check out the How to Apply page for details of upcoming MonologueSlam UK auditions across the UK!