Notes for contemp and classical monologues

Topics: Love, Comedy, Monologue Pages: 3 (864 words) Published: October 21, 2013
Rosalind – As You Like It
It is not the fashion …

Within this monologue Rosalind is talking about how it's not the fashion for woman to be ending a play it's not usually seen in other play so it's some what strange. This monologue has elements of comedy in it which was something that I was really interested in including and considering when I was choosing monologues. Throughout the monologue Rosalind is going on about how a good play doesn't necessarily need an epilogue, however it can enhance the quality of the play. She then claims that as she is not dressed as a beggar she will not beg the audience for an applause. This is where I think I would be able to add humour into this, however it would be a little difficult to keep it up as I don’t fully understand the monologue and it isn't really that long and most requirements for auditions are around 4 minutes and this lasts around 2 or 3.

Rosalind – As you like it
And why, I pray you?

Rosalind at this point is still disguised as Ganymede and has just replied to Phoebe after she has said not to come near her or to pity her as she won't pity Rosalind back. Rosalind goes on to say you're not that pretty and beautiful you're just normal, stop thinking you're better than everyone else. Rosalind mentions that she will never worship her. Even when she get married and has children she will 'fill the world with ugly children'. I think this would be quite a good one to do, again it's quite short however you could work around it and drag it out a little; however it's something I need to work and look more into.

Viola – Twelfth Night
I left no ring with her...

This monologue is about Viola where she is dressed as a man and Olivia has become infatuated with her, thinking Viola is a man. Viola is in love with the Duke (who also thinks she's a man). The Duke is in love with Olivia, who doesn't love him. This piece is very comical and I think it would be a really good one to do, however it it tricky to try...
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