In this post I will be sharing the new monologues I am looking at for auditions I have thought of. My last two monologues were form ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Crucible’ I am trying to think of monologues that are more of a contrast from Lady Macbeth and The Crucible because they were both very strong and had a sinister feel to them. However I have found that I love to play strong female characters more than the ‘Juliet’ who is in an awe of love all of the time, but at the same time I feel like I need monologues like this as well to have a good range that I can play so I am more able to play a wide variety of characters.
Cathrine from ‘Snow White gets her say’ By Chris Wind
“That you don’t recognize me by name is but the first of my complaints about my tale. Oh you know me alright. I’m the main character—in a tale titled with the name of one of the men in the story. But what’s in a name? A lot. Especially if it’s a man’s name. This man’s name is the answer to the question upon which rests the fate of myself and my newborn child. So his name is very powerful, it is very important. My name apparently is not.
Nor is my life. For whether it is to be filled with joy and delight from being with my newborn, or empty with grief and loss from separation is to be decided by a mere guessing game.
Nor are my words important. I denied my father’s boast. I told the King I most definitely could not spin gold out of straw. But he didn’t believe me. Of course not. He chose instead to believe the words of an immature, egotistic, vain man. And I suffer the consequences.
The consequences. To pay for my father’s ridiculous lie, I lose my sanity, my freedom, and my dignity for three nights—and almost my child, forever. (And one sentence—one sentence in the whole tale is devoted to that ‘choice’, that decision to give up my child in return for my life.)
Because I ‘succeeded’ on the third night, I was ‘rewarded’ with marriage to the King. Thus, for all intents and purposes, I also lost my life. Can you imagine what it is like to be married—legally bound to honour and obey until death, and socioeconomically bound with little option but to stay and make the best of it—to a man who didn’t believe me, a man who locked me in a room for three nights, a man so greedy that he said three nights in a row he’d kill me unless I did as he wanted? And that was before he owned me.
But as the tale says, I am shrewd and clever. And I have learned the force of threat, and the importance of a name—especially if it is male. Proud fathers want very much to pass it on. But royal fathers—dear husband, aging Highness, what would happen to your precious lineage if my, your, only son were to suddenly—
Since I am not dead, and am living still…”
I love this monologue because the play is about the characters of classic fairy tales shown in a more feminist light, Cathrine is from the tale ‘Rumplestiltskin’ and this sheds a new light on how the actual main character feels in the tale and the aftermath of when she has been married to the king. I found this very refreshing and challenging because it shows a range of emotion, it has frustration, confusion, anger, sorrow, bitterness and fear. This is a huge range of emotion that would have to come though smoothly but clearly with little show of specific staging.
“A wicked day, and not a holy day! [Rising] What hath this day deserved? what hath it done, That it in golden letters should be set Among the high tides in the calendar? Nay, rather turn this day out of the week, This day of shame, oppression, perjury. Or, if it must stand still, let wives with child Pray that their burthens may not fall this day, Lest that their hopes prodigiously be cross’d: But on this day let seamen fear no wreck; No bargains break that are not this day made: This day, all things begun come to ill end, Yea, faith itself to hollow falsehood change!”
King John: Constance
“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form; Then, have I reason to be fond of grief? Fare you well: had you such a loss as I, I could give better comfort than you do. I will not keep this form upon my head, When there is such disorder in my wit. O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son! My life, my joy, my food, my all the world! My widow-comfort, and my sorrows’ cure!”
Both of these monologues are beautiful and have so much potential and i am very keen to do them, howveer because of her character – “Arthur’s mother, Constance convinces Philip to be her son’s champion in his quest for the throne. After Arthur is captured, she mourns extravagantly and accuses Philip of having sold her out by arranging a marriage between Louis and Blanche.” http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/kingjohn/characters.html. I feel like her character is to old for my acting age as my acting age is form 14-20 I feel like this would not suit me. I feel like i would be successful at performing one of these monologues but for an audition I don’t think it would be very believe able because of the age difference.