I have an interest in monologues especially thinking about Alan Bennett’s creative work. I particularly like the one voice phenomena and the fact that the speaker tells stories which keep the listener focussed and entranced. I also like the fact that monologues often have a wry or bizarre twist to the story. The bulk of the story has to captivate the listener and create an avid anticipation of what is to come. Hopefully, the theme will enhance their experience.
I like so much what Bennett says – “Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.” (Alan Bennett). But, of course, we are all watching, avidly, wondering what is going on in other people’s lives. Isn’t that the handle of a writer? Being nosy and watching other’s antics!
It is useful to see where the characters are headed and where their stories end up. Some plots are simple but some are more complex and will confound the listener.
If there is some element of dialect in the monologue, or if the speaker is talking about another person’s conversation, this adds to the dimension. Therefore, the dialect is a useful device to relay other people’s conversations. To introduce some rhythm into the voice and variation in the tone of the speaker adds to the pleasure for the listener.
An interest in the late Victoria Wood’s work has appealed to me and I admire the fact that her voice was a strong feminine tone and spoke directly to the women in the audience.
A monologue enables the listener to keep abreast of the story as there is less movement on stage and any background noises will not distract from the monologue itself as could happen in a dialogue.
I have always been interested in monologues and I hope that you are, too.