How To Maker A Monologue (by appropriating an already made one)

THIS ALSO WORKS ON ANY SCRIPT, GROUP PERFORMANCE OR INDIVIDUAL


Making your own monologue takes time, and some people find it difficult or just don't have the time. But their is another way to create your own monologue, simply by appropriating another one that has already been created.

There are many ways of creating a monologue but this way is the most quickest, simplest and most effective way of creating a mono-script that not only will do great but also leave you happy; since you are the one making the change you get to choose what your character does, says or even how the journey of your monologue will go about.

The following steps will show you how to appropriate a script so it will become 100% yours; you should also mention the script you based it on was an inspiration of creating the one you end up with in case of copyright laws (IF YOU DON'T CHANGE IT ENOUGH AND TAKE FULL CREDIT ITS CALLED COPYRIGHT).


STEP ONE:

FIND A SCRIPT FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE TO BEGIN WITH. FOR EXAMPLE I USED THIS ONE _ CURSE OF THE STARVING GLASS (1976 SAM SHEPARD)


STEP TWO:

READ THROUGH IT AND DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH IT. FOR EXAMPLE WITH MINE I USED THE ABOVE SCRIPT AND VIEWED (WITHOUT DOING ANY RESEARCH) AND SAW THE MONOLOGUE/SCRIPT AS BEING SOMETHING VIOLENT AND I APPROPRIATED IT BY MAKING

  • THE CHARACTER BEING A CHILD.
  • THE PERSON MY CHARACTERS TALKING ABOUT BEING HIS/HER DRUNK-ALCOHOLIC FATHER.
  • AND MAKING THE SITUATION THAT THE SCRIPT WILL BE ABOUT BE AN 'ALCOHOLIC FATHER ONCE AGAIN COMING HOME LATE AT NIGHT/ EARLY IN THE MORNING CAUSING A SCENE'.

THIS SHOULD LEAD YOU TO STEP THREE.

STEP THREE:

ON THIS STEP YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT AROUND TO MAKE YOUR OWN.

  1. Open word document and rewrite the original script down word-by-word.
  2. Read through it. If you find something that doesn't make sense to you or makes your character sound different to how you want them to be presented either change it or delete it (do the same if you find something towards the situation/journey).
  3. Change things around. Delete pointless and useless things that would just waste time.

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I HAD BY THIS STAGE.

"I heard him pull the brake. Lights go off. Keys turned off. Then a long silence.. Him just sitting in the car. Just sitting. I picture dad just sitting. What's he doing? Just sitting. Waiting to get out. Whys he waiting to get out? He's plastered and cant move. He's plastered and doesn't want to move. The car door opens. Dogs barking down the road. Door slams. Feet. Paper bag being tucked under one arm. Paper bag covering a few glass bottles! Not again. Its happening again! No- Feet coming. Feet stumbling towards door. Feet stopping. STUMBLE BACK SITTING Heart pounding. Sound of door not opening. Foot kicking door. Man's voice. Dads voice. Dad calling mum. No answer. Banging. Dad banging. Dad banging harder. Its 2am. Bottle crashing. Glass breaking. Fist through doORR!!!! Man cursing. Man going insane. Head smashing. Man yelling. Woman screaming. Mum screaming. Whole body crashing. Woman screaming. Mum screaming. Mum screaming for help. Kid scared. Me scared. Man throwing things. Dad throwing up. Mum screaming for help. Dad going crazy. Mum screaming help! Dad shouting LOUDER. Dad going psycho. Mum crying. Scared. Mum saying something. No NO! INTO SCREAM."


STEP FOUR:

REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR SCRIPT IN THE SAME STYLE. AS SHOWN THROUGH MY EXAMPLES I HAD KEPT THE SAME STYLE BY KEEPING IT IN SHORT QUICK SENTENCES.

YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES BY NOW; DEPENDING ON HOW YOU CHANGED YOUR ENDING.

  1. Finish your monologue there.
  2. Keep on going and add something else

I CHOSE TO ADD ON.

BELOW YOU CAN SEE MY FINAL SCRIPT. WHAT I ENDED UP WITH. HOW I HAVE APPROPRIATED IT TO MY OWN MEANING AND JOURNEY. HOW I HAD ADDED ON AND STAYED WITH THE SAME WRITTEN RHYTHM I HAD BEGUN WITH. I ALSO ADDED A TRANSITION INTO THE FATHER CHARACTER.

PLAYING WITH TOYS. PAUSE. LOOK TO THE SIDE

Oh no. No.....

GET UP HIDE IN HIDING PLACE. SCARED. FAST PACE

I heard him pull the brake. Lights go off. Keys turned off. Then a long silence.. Him just sitting in the car. Just sitting. I picture dad just sitting. What's he doing? Just sitting. Waiting to get out. Whys he waiting to get out? He's plastered and cant move. He's plastered and doesn't want to move. The car door opens. Dogs barking down the road. Door slams. Feet. Paper bag being tucked under one arm. Paper bag covering a few glass bottles!

Not again. Its happening again! No--<INTO SCREAM, THEN BREATHING>

WALK TO DOOR. EAR ON DOOR/WALK TO WINDOW. PEAK THROUGH

Feet coming. Feet stumbling towards door. Feet stopping.

STUMBLE BACK SITTING

Heart pounding. Sound of door not opening. Foot kicking door. Man's voice. Dads voice. Dad calling mum. No answer. Banging. Dad banging. Dad banging harder. Its 2am. Bottle crashing. Glass breaking. Fist through doORR!!!!

Man cursing. Man going insane. Head smashing. Man yelling. Woman screaming. Mum screaming. Whole body crashing. Woman screaming. Mum screaming. Mum screaming for help. Kid scared. Me scared. Man throwing things. Dad throwing up. Mum screaming for help. Dad going crazy. Mum screaming help! Dad shouting LOUDER. Dad going psycho. Mum crying. Scared. Mum saying something. No NO! INTO SCREAM

SCARED, CRYING

Silence. No more noise. Dad crying. Me crying. No sound. Dad getting a garbage bag. What's dad doing? Where's mum? I want mum. Where's mum? Dad getting shovel. What's he doing? Mum mum. Mums left. Mums gone. Dad in backyard digging. Digging.

HUGGING BEAR

Days pass. Dads drinking. Glass breaking. Mum missing. Footsteps. Footsteps coming this way. Sleeping. Sleeping.

PRETENDING TO SLEEP

Pretending to sleep. Door opening. Dad in room.

ALL QUIET, HARSH BREATHING-CALMER, WAKE UP, GET BEAR AS KID AND YOU AS DAD

Oi get up boy. Get up. You want to see your mother again? Do you want to see her, be with her? Huh? I can show you where she is. Bring you to her. You want that don't you? To be with your mother instead of me.

BACK AWAY FROM BEAR A BIT THEN TURN BACK

Why are you crying? Stop it. Stop crying!

That's enough RUSH TO BEAR I said that's enough!

GRAB BEAR PUT AGAINST WALL

Another pep from you and I'll show you what I did to your mother!

You want that huh? You want me put you to sleep, just as I did your mother?

Shut up just SHUT UP!

JAW CHATTERS, SAD

Look I'm sorry ok.

PUT DOWN BEAR

I didn't mean to... It..it just happened. I loved your mother. It was an accident I'm sorry ok....

HEAD IN SHAME...

I'm so sorry for this

SHAKE AROUND BEARS HAIR

I love ya kid.

WALK TO GO OUT, SIT IN CORNER, BE KID AGAIN

Dad upset. Dad crying. Where's dad going? Dad killed mum. Dad sorry. Dad killed mummy. Dad killed mummy! Mummy's dead....

Where's dad?

GO TO STAND BANG! FALL SCATTER BACK

What was that? What was that? Sounded like a gunshot ...Daddy?

OMG. OMG! DAD? DADDY? Daddy's bleeding. Daddy's bleeding.

GO TO HIDING SPOT, ROCKING SELF HUGING BEAR, REPEATING

Daddy's bleeding. Daddy's bleeding. Mummy's dead. Daddy's dead.


STEP 5:

NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR SCRIPT ALL MADE OUT ALL YOU NOW CAN ADD DIRECTIONS OF WHAT YOU AS THE ACTOR DOES IN CERTAIN STAGES.

Directions can count as

  • what movements to do
  • facial expressions/ emotions
  • even a self monologue (WHAT YOUR CHARACTER IS THINKING OR FEELING)
  • +more...

ABOVE YOU CAN SEE HOW I DID THIS. MY DIRECTIONS CAN BE SEEN/FOUND UNDERLINED AND IN A CAPS FORMAT.

YOU SHOULD NOW BE FINISHED WITH AND HAVE YOUR OWN APPROPRIATED SCRIPT FOR A MONOLOGUE, GROUP PERFORMANCE OR OTHER...

                                HOPE THIS HELPED.

Comments 3 comments

unknown 4 years ago

wow man i never new how to do this u have saved my life bruda this is amazing thank you


Jack 3 years ago

Hey man thanks for this you got me out of a complete fix that I was in, there's some really deep stuff here, great work!


Happy Lllama 12 months ago

tomorrow i have to give a monologue and I haven't get started yet! You are amazing THANK YOU A LOT

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