Classical Monologues for Women

Classical Monologues for Women

Book rating: 05 Paperback Good Audition Guides

By (author) Marina Caldarone


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  • Publisher: NICK HERN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1854598708
  • ISBN 13: 9781854598707
  • Sales rank: 161,090

Product description

This is the first of two volumes in a series offering fresh audition pieces for actors at all levels - selected and commentated by a greatly experienced teacher and director. As an actor at any level - from school exam to professional casting - you are called upon to perform one or more audition pieces - often one 'modern' and one 'classical'. A great deal will depend on your coming up with something fresh that is exactly suited to your particular performing skills. This is where the "Good Audition Guides" come in. Drawing on her enormous experience in drama training - she sits on the selection board of several leading Drama Schools - Marina Caldarone has selected over forty-five monologues for men and another forty-five for women drawn from classical plays throughout the ages and ranging across all of Western theatre. Each piece is prefaced with a boxed information panel guiding readers towards the perfect piece for them. These Classical monologues are presented chronologically and arranged within one of seven periods: Ancient Greece and Rome (Sophocles, Euripides, Plautus etc); Jacobethan (Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Webster etc); French/Spanish 'Golden Ages' (Moliere, Racine, Lope de Vega etc); Restoration (Aphra Behn, Wycherley, Farquhar etc); Naturalism (Ibsen, Chekhov etc); and turn of the Century (Wilde, Shaw etc).

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Author information

Marina Calderone is a freelance theatre director who has also been actively involved in actor training in Britain's leading Drama Schools. She is the co-author of Actions - The Actors' Thesaurus, one of NHB's most frequently reprinted theatre books.

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By Erin Harrington 13 Nov 2012 5

This is a really excellent resource. The monologues are varied and well balanced and many aren't particularly well known or popularly performed so there's something a bit different. There is clear context provided for each, including suggested objectives. I like the men's book too.

Table of contents

Introduction Ancient Greece and Rome (Sophocles, Euripides, Plautus etc) Elizabethan and Jacobean (Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Webster etc) French and Spanish Golden Age (Moliere, Racine, Lope de Vega etc) Restoration and 18th Century (Aphra Behn, Sheridan, Farquhar etc) 19th and early 20th-centuries (Ibsen, Chekhov, Wilde, Shaw etc)