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The Waiting List

Written by

Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

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...The Waiting List is one of Owen McCafferty’s early monologue plays in which an unnamed male narrator frets that his name may be included on a paramilitary hit list. Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, our Catholic...

I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me

Written by

Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

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...An early short monologue play from Northern Irish writer Owen McCafferty. It’s four o’clock in the morning and middle-aged Gus McMahon can’t sleep. He’s drinking a can of Guinness and begins a rambling monologue to his...

Actor

Written by

Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Faber and Faber, 1994

Faber Drama

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Acts: 1, Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...An actor speaks on the phone to his agents, his parents, and his fellow thespians, battling with rejection, expectation, disappointment and self-pity. A short monologue which delves into the heart of the acting industry...

Auditions

Niki Flacks

Niki Flacks’ career as director, actor, teacher, psychologist, spans both sides of the Atlantic. Flacks is a frequent tutor at the Actors Centre in London’s West End and at the Algonquin Theater in New York. She was invited to Israel by the British Council to train both professional actors and promising student-actors. Her very popular workshops in Paris led to her being invited to be part of the prestigious faculty of European A.C.T. teaching actors in London, Paris and Berlin. She has been an assistant professor of theatre at Southern Methodist University and holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.S.W. from The University of Texas at Arlington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting With Passion : A Performer’s Guide to Emotions on Cue

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...I remember years ago rushing to my therapist’s office after an audition, feeling completely gutted. She smiled as she said, ‘Ah, Niki, you only ever audition for two people all your life. Your mother and your father.’ (For each of us...

Bluebeard’s Friends  

Written by

Caryl Churchill

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Churchill

Nick Hern Books, 2019

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...Caryl Churchill's Bluebeard’s Friends is a short play about society’s responses to atrocity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, on 18 September 2019 as part of Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., a programme...

Rum and Vodka

Written by

Conor McPherson

~playauthor~Written by~ Conor McPherson

Nick Hern Books, 2011

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Acts: 1, Scenes: 1

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...Conor McPherson's short monologue play Rum and Vodka was first performed at University College Dublin on 27 November1992. One of McPherson's earliest stage works, it was written and performed just after he formed Fly By Night Theatre...

Dog

Written by

Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Faber and Faber, 1994

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...London in the 1980s: A racist English football hooligan’s relationship with his beloved pitbull terrier, Roy, gets him into trouble and changes his life. This short one-man show takes a satirical look at the working class...

Request Stop

Written by

Harold Pinter

~playauthor~Written by~ Harold Pinter

Faber and Faber, 1996

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Request Stop, Last to Go and Special Offer were performed in the revue Pieces of Eight, which opened at the Apollo Theatre, London, in September 1959...

Notes for First Time Astronauts

Written by

Tom Wells

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Wells

Nick Hern Books, 2010

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Acts: 1

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...A comic monologue from Tom Wells warning of the perils of self-abuse in zero gravity conditions. Our unnamed male narrator is about to take off into space as the cameraman on board a rocket to the moon. However...

Run

Written by

Stephen Laughton

~playauthor~Written by~ Stephen Laughton

Nick Hern Books, 2017

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Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Stephen Laughton's Run is monologue play that traces the coming-of-age of a gay Jewish teenager. It was produced by iN BLOOM and first performed at VAULT Festival, London, on 10 February 2016. After a national tour, the play transferred...