After creation, Eve begins a journal.
King David’s son
discovers the eagle’s egg.
A soldier recalls the
face of his dead comrade.
An Iraqi woman speaks
of fear and pride.
A Wongaibon woman finds
family, country and a scruffy dog.
Dalit poetry defies
poverty and marginalisation.
An intersex youth claims true
‘In any piece worth
performing there is something happening underneath that is not in the script.’
This monologue collection
offers up a challenge: to perform with voices that aren’t from play scripts.
Working instead from fiction, non-fiction and poetry, these pieces are a fresh
and sharp source of material for performance, auditions and workshops. Unusual
sources provide the actor or drama student with a new array of monologue
The characters range from
lovers in the
King James Bible to a
sci-fi Artificial Intelligence unit navigating gender identities between
planets. Classic sources include
Bell Jar and work from Beckett, Kafka and Mark
Twain. Strong contemporary monologues come from work by Raymond Carver, Miranda
July, Elena Ferrante, Jeffrey Eugenides, Alice Munro and David Sedaris.
Australian voices speak in iconic moments from
Jasper Jones and
Tomorrow series and from definitive
work by David Malouf, Elizabeth Jolley, Geraldine Brooks, Morris Gleitzman,
Jeanine Leane, Gayle Kennedy and Alice Pung.
These monologues speak from
moments of radical change and subtle exploration. Beneath each is a
well-crafted literary work with its own world of characters, conflicts and
tension: we invite you to look beyond the script.