Choosing the right audition monologues can be daunting and stressful. They generally ask you to prepare two contrasting pieces. A classical and modern monologue (one comedic and one dramatic). It is difficult to know how and where to start. You may find two pieces that you like but they are both similar in content. You may also end up second guessing your choices and go around in circles. However if you pick the right monologues for you, the chances are you will give your best performance and get into your school of choice. Here are a few tips to help you with the process.
Sourcing: It is easy to feel limited when sourcing your classical monologue as everyone thinks it has to be a Shakespeare. This is not the case. There is a wealth of classical writing that is under used in auditions. Jacobean play writers such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Ford are a good place to start sourcing. When searching for your modern monologue, many assume the only place with good material is a major Bookshop. This is also not the case. Your local theatre’s bookshop has a wealth of new writing (In London that is The National theatre or the Royal Court Theatre). You will find up to date plays written with topics and themes about today’s world.
Connection: As individuals we tend to connect to different themes and ideas. This is what makes us unique. It is also what will make you stand out at the audition. Start by choosing pieces you connect with. This way you will collect a bunch of monologues that you like and whittling them down will become a pleasure rather than a chore.
Plays to your Strengths: If you generally enjoy performing a particular genre, choose a piece that shows this. Make sure your monologues play to your strengths. Auditioning for Drama school is not the time to present something you find challenging but the time to show what you can do well. It is your time to shine.
Try and avoid choosing a monologue from a monologues anthology without reading the full play. It is very important that you know the context surrounding your monologue in order to make informed decisions about your performance.
And finally the key thing to remember is 'They are on your side'. They want you to perform to you your best ability and get a place.