The Methuen Book of Modern Monologues for Women

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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 - 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, realist 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, ...

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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 - 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, realist 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 introductions 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: 9780413774248
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: Audition Speeches Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 964,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.46 (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 the atre company and teaches regularly at the London Actors Centre.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Miss Julie 7
Roots 11
The springtime of others 14
Fanny's first play 16
Castle Wetterstein 20
The weavers 25
Confusions 28
Sorry you're been troubled 31
The good woman of Setzuan 37
Camille 41
The bald prima donna 44
Wine in the wilderness 46
Eden cinema 48
Saint's day 53
The unexpected guest 57
The devils 61
K. D. Dufford hears K. D. Dufford ... 64
Plenty 67
Play with a tiger 71
The maids 74
What shall I wear? 79
The bitter tears of Petra von Kant 83
Mary Barnes 87
The rehearsal 91
What shall we tell Caroline? 95
The night of the iguana 99
Don Juan or the love of geometry 103
The open couple 107
The American dream 111
Rosalind 114
Equus 118
A woman of no importance 121
Dona Rosita the spinster 124
Filulmena Marturano 127
A night out 130
The glass menagerie 135
Absolutely! (perhaps) 139
Pour Lucrece 143
Ubu Rex 147
Acknowledgements 150
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