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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

Playtext

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...

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...

Arias and Monologues

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

Books

...This chapter discusses sections of scenes where a character is either alone singing to the audience, or addressing a silent onstage audience, or revealing his or her thoughts and feelings to a confidante. Examples will be drawn both from...

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...

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...

Harry's Christmas

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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...It is a few days until Christmas and Harry is waiting for someone to be in touch, for an old lover to have a drink with him, for a friend to show up. But as the big day comes, he falls into lonely and isolated despair...

Request Stop

Written by

Harold Pinter

~playauthor~Written by~ Harold Pinter

Grove Press, 1994

Grove Atlantic Drama

Playtext

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...