Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to perform a monologue (acting tips)

Someone asked for tips on performing monologues:

The main mistake I see actors make when performing monologues is that they pick only one emotion and use it throughout the whole monologue.

One example is with the monologue called Demons: http://www.freedrama.net/demons.html

When I had actors try this, several selected one sad or angry emotion and used it throughout which made it a boring performance. The best performances were the ones who selected different types of emotions for different parts of the script. Even though the whole monologue is sad, there are elements of anger, fear, hurting, desperation, madness and even love. The actors that found different emotions to use in different parts were the most interesting and enjoyable to listen to.

See monologues: http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html

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7 comments:

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  4. I get confused by monologues, because how do i remain myself and still act like someone else. I go to the barrow group theater and my teacher says a good performance is a natural one but how do you act like someone but still be yourself? I'm not sure if any one understands what im trying to say, but if you do ,any suggestions or explanation?

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  5. I get confused by monologues, because how do i remain myself and still act like someone else. I go to the barrow group theater and my teacher says a good performance is a natural one but how do you act like someone but still be yourself? I'm not sure if any one understands what im trying to say, but if you do ,any suggestions or explanation?

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