Wednesday, July 08, 2009

"Mulling Over Monologues"



The best Monologues use character to entice us into a new world. Opening words hook us into their thoughts and their actions. We get the "gist" of a character swiftly in a great Monologue....and probably his/her "problems" too, plus what's happening at the moment..... because the writing is efficient, it's authentic and it fascinates.
Dialogue flows. There are changes of pace and there's a rhythm....sometimes it's almost musical ( as with the best of any writing) and a story is told as a world is revealed....
Friends of LitFest recently enjoyed a monologue writing workshop with local writer Paul Kelly. He's a highly encouraging guy to work with ( talented playwright too) and all enjoyed this hugely. We met in a massive mirrored room at the top of a citycentre pub... at the end of a very hot day...but all worked hard "creating" work ( with useful suggestions from Paul) and we also welcomed 2 actors who brought some of our previously written monologues very much "to life".
We must thank Manchester actor John Howarth and local actress Barbara Jemmett ( often seen on stage at Chester Theatre Club) who gave up an evening to join is. We hope too tht Paul will appear again soon!
Picture: John, Barbara and Paul, taking a break from the action.

3 Comments:

Blogger Debs said...

Sounds like you all had a fabulous time.

5:48 pm  
Anonymous marly youmans said...

Ah, what a clever idea for a writing night! Glad you're back, Jan.

3:15 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Debs:
Great getting involved in something like this, having a go ...

Marly:
Hope we have lots of similar stuff happening.

7:34 am  

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