The Alternative Monologues

 

Inspired by a previously created series of monologues, I wanted to create my own series detailing some of the problems we face and have made for ourselves in our society: whether that may be the extreme expenses of living costs, climate change or the dangers of pollution we have created – along with some unique and wacky characters discussing some of the bizarre logic of matters not yet understood.

Throughout this series, topics of discussion range from the Easter Bunny and the hilariously expensive costs of living, to more serious matters such as mental health, pollution and climate change. As a keen actress myself, these monologues have been the perfect opportunity for me to develop my skills as a director, as well as widen my technical skills on the other side of the camera.

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‘game on’ by isla mortimer

Living in today’s world, I have seen first hand how our reactions around plastic and pollution have changed over the years. I wanted to call out humankind for our ways and explore in detail how our attitudes have changed, shaping the monstrous pollution monster that we of course created in the first place.

  – Isla Mortimer

‘the price of living’ by anna potgieter

For my interpretation of this character, I sought to reflect the exaggerated comedy in the text but also scratch further under the surface to ground him in the real world. This man’s number one focus is himself and his business, yet this has created an intense sense of self-loathing. For me, it is the combination of selfishness and self-loathing that leads to the true tragic comedy of this piece. However, his constant frustration on this topic strikes very true in our current social climate: the even burden of austerity and government policies such as zero hour contracts and the flawed benefits system leave men like Gordon to slip through the cracks. This is a very interesting piece as the character allows the audience to chuckle at his problems, despite the conscious fact that he is not alone.

  – Dan Sinclair

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