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Performing a monologue is one of the most important assignments in a drama class. The assignment involves much more than simply reciting lines in front of the class. Most drama teachers expect a student to research the play, to develop a unique character, and to perform with confidence and control.

Very often, the assignment will be more than just a performance. Your drama teacher might have specific questions for you to answer about your character. With a little insight and a lot of practice, you can learn how to perform a monologue that will astound your teacher and the rest of the class.


December 21, 2008 at 11:30 am
(1) Craig Mason says:

Great article. Here’s another tip I would suggest:

Create the “other” character too.
In addition to the character you are creating, be sure to create a fully-developed character of the person to whom you are speaking.

- Is it easy to look at them? Hard?
- Where are they?
- What is their relationship to you?
- Why are you speaking to them?
- What do you want from them?
- Are they sitting? Standing?
- Do they want to hear what you have to say?

When you’re practicing the monologue, have a classmate “be” the other character. Have them change their attitude each time you perform the monologue:
- They listen attentively
- They plug their ears
- They try to interrupt you
- They are in love with you
- They hate you

You’ll be amazed how much you learn about the monologue this way.

December 21, 2008 at 1:34 pm
(2) plays says:

Excellent suggestion Craig! It’s important to remember that most monologues are NOT delivered to empty air. Most powerful monologues involve character interaction, whether it is one fellow character at your side, or crowd of a hundred cast members.

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