The Methuen Book of Modern Monologues for Men

Overview

This is a selection of speeches drawn from the great landmark plays of the twentieth century. The most famous playwrights of the British, American and European theatre, from Shaw to Sartre and Williams to Fo - and the plays most constantly performed on stages around the world - are represented in this unique collection. Monologues of all types - both serious and comic, naturalistic and absurdist - provide a dynamic challenge for all the actors: the student, the amateur and professional. Here is an invaluable ...

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Overview

This is a selection of speeches drawn from the great landmark plays of the twentieth century. The most famous playwrights of the British, American and European theatre, from Shaw to Sartre and Williams to Fo - and the plays most constantly performed on stages around the world - are represented in this unique collection. Monologues of all types - both serious and comic, naturalistic and absurdist - provide a dynamic challenge for all the actors: the student, the amateur and professional. Here is an invaluable resource for acting classes, competitions, auditions and rehearsals. A fuller appreciation of each speech is enhanced by the editor's introduction and commentaries, which set the plays and individual speeches in their dramatic and performance contexts.
Praise for Chrys Salt's MAKE ACTING WORK: "A really useful book for every actor to own" Prunella Scales; "This book should be part of every resourceful actor's armoury" Annette Badland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413774255
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Audition Speeches Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Chrys Salt began her career as a performer in Rep, touring theatre, West End, TV and radio dramas wi th regular stints in various soap and series. She now directs extensively in theatre and sound, and has written several books, theatre and radio plays, features and documentaries. She runs her own theatre company and teaches regularly at the London Actors Centre.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Spring awakening 7
Crime passionel 10
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead 12
Entertaining Mr. Sloane 16
The music cure 18
Anatol 20
The playboy of the western world 22
Don Juan or the love of geometry 24
The white liars 27
The kitchen 31
Ross 35
The glass menagerie 39
Woyzeck 43
The national health (speech 1) 47
The national health (Speech 2) 51
The life of Galileo 55
The devils 59
Accidental death of an anarchist 62
Inadmissible evidence 65
Justice 68
The hairy ape 73
Oh what a lovely war 77
Eden cinema 81
Travesties 84
A man for all seasons 86
The Weavers 89
The quare fellow 93
Play with a tiger 96
Sergeant Musgrave's dance 98
Poor Bitos 102
Equus 105
Confusions 108
The long and the short and the tall 111
Honour and offer 115
A view from the bridge 119
An inspector calls 123
The insect play 126
Sleuth 129
Waiting for godot 133
Ubu Rex 136
Noah 139
Acknowledgements 143
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