This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Building A Character In A Monologue

2363 words - 9 pages

Does it remain possible to create six, female characters from a monologue written for a man? This is a challenge, which we took upon ourselves when working on Mark Ravenhills product. I will discuss further, how I worked through this task, when applying practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht and also Konstantin Stanislavski. When beginning to work on the text I was most apprehensive, this became evident early on in the rehearsal process, as we were challenging ourselves in creating convincing lifelike characters. An additional challenge that we came across was enabling the piece to look as though it had been written for a cast of six diverse females.
By dialogically teasing through the text, we began to create characters through the distribution of lines. Once we had all given a small number of lines, there began to be characters forming. I found that the process became a great deal easier, as the character ‘James’ is going through a thought process throughout the whole piece. “This is for the towers. This is for civilisation this is for all of us, you bastards… you don’t say that you don’t do that.” (Ravenhill, 2006, p.59) These two contradicting statements, which one character spoke, are James own thought waves. He is thinking aloud throughout, without processing what he is actually saying. Due to Mark Ravenhill writing this monologue in this way, we then are enabled to create two diverse characters from one, with ease.
Once our cast had established, who was saying which lines, we then felt that we had the beginning foundation to our character. However, we were still not any closer to creating individual characters, with their own personalities. A way in which our cast approached this task was deciding an appropriate practitioner to follow. Due to the type of piece that we had taken on, it only seemed right to use Bertolt Brecht’s methods. “He has to avoid presenting himself in such a way that someone calls out ‘what a lifelike portrayal of a chauffeur!’ He must not ‘cast a spell’ over anyone.” (Brecht, 1938, p.470)

By taking on Brecht’s methodology, we would then not have to necessarily bring depth into every character in my opinion. As then, the whole point of Product would not be to create a piece, where the characters and staging are esthetical pleasing but to concentrate on the political side of the piece. Brecht’s methods would work superbly, as Mark Ravenhill is an extremely political writer, as the piece itself Product is based upon terrorism and impractical the 9/11 bombings. Although the characters are discussing a plot, which includes terrorism, the political message of the whole piece, I believe is how ‘Hollywood’ glamorises everything. They can turn something as horrific as terrorism into a Hollywood movie, by romanticizing it with two diverse characters. “If you look at today's TV news, it's always oscillating between a real emotion and a Hollywood one. We do it ourselves: you find yourself telling a story of your life that's...

Find Another Essay On Building a Character in a Monologue

Cultural Considerations in Building a Counseling Relationship

1540 words - 6 pages Cultural Considerations in Building a Counseling Relationship Counseling is a process in which a counselor and client must build a good rapport and relationship in order to be successful in reaching the goal at hand. There are several stages of counseling which must be considered when counselors intend to build a relationship with their client, each stage being equally important in leading to the next stage. The stages of counseling include

Building A Home For Children In Need

1455 words - 6 pages One of the greatest problems facing our nation today is the American “need” to turn a quick profit. These fiascos have resulted in millions of dollars in foreclosures and many thousands of lives essentially “ruined” in the process. Perhaps there is a greater gain to be considered than money. There is no greater reward, financial or otherwise, than that of helping a child in need. In the low-income neighborhoods of this country, children often

A Monologue by Cordelia of King Lear

1504 words - 6 pages him, and he will recognise me, as his daughter. It would break my heart if I could not see the man I once knew as my father, and I would rather die than know that he could not recognise me. In this monologue I aimed to show the two sides of Cordelia’s opinion of her father. One side being her view of his sanity and Lear’s possible insanity. I attempted to show this by using a compilation of the character’s in the play, particular Cordelia’s

A Midsummer Night's Dream Dramatic Monologue

1186 words - 5 pages not know "by what power she is made bold." She asks Theseus what will befall her if she does not consent to her father's desires by wedding Demetrius. After Hermia is given the choice of death or to abjure forever the society of men, serving life in a convent, if she declines to marry Demetrius, Lysander beseeches his own worth to Egeus: "I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he, as well possess'd; my love is more than his; my fortunes every way as

BUILDING A HOUSE

648 words - 3 pages Building A House      The process of building a house is a very complex and difficult task. In the following paragraphs, I will be explaining the many different steps that are required to build a house. The first thing in building a house is selecting a lot and lot preparation. The land has to be cleared of trees and brush and graded to ensure a level building area. This process is usually called excavating and

Building a Rooftop Garden

792 words - 4 pages . Here in Canada, rooftop gardens aren’t very common. With harsh winters, and cool summers, a garden would be built only for a short period of time. Many housing developments don’t allow the gardens, because it can ruin the house, and cause permanent damage. If you are thinking of building one, follow these steps: 1. You need to consider which type you will use, extensive, semi-extensive, and Intensive living roofs. The difference between the three

Building a secure network

906 words - 4 pages needs of the company. This context will describe and explain the design considerations that should go into building a secure network. The first step in building secure network is creating the network topology. The topology is a physical and logical layout of the network. It is the DNA and basis of network design. A basic network will contain an Internet Service Provider (ISP) router, boundary router, firewall, switches, severs, and local hosts

Character Building in Our Society - Common - Essay

5577 words - 23 pages PAGE iv RESTRICTED CHARACTER BUILDING AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN ARMD FORCES By LOCKER NUMBER 143, MAJ MASOOD AZAM 14th July 2005 Paper sponsored by Lt Col Umair SUB-THEME-2 Regrettably, there is a visible decline in the moral values in our society and officers of Pakistan Army are no exception, being part of the same social setup. Although, character is regarded as one of the basic traits in the personality assessment at Inter Services Selection

Building a Computer

2136 words - 9 pages I’ve always been very interested in computers, from the way that they function, to how reliant we are on them in the modern day. So when it came to narrowing down a list of potential topics for my senior project, building a computer was one of the top choices I had. Eventually I did choose to that. This included buying all of the separate parts and assembling it together. After that, I knew that I would have to install an operating system on it

building a virtual ecosystem

513 words - 2 pages to show the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, and understand the potential impact of the removal or reduction of one species on the rest of the food web.Materials used:Student worksheet for each groupLarge piece of paper for each groupSet of organism cards for each groupBlu-TakPencilsProcedure:1. Have students explore the Marine ecosystem interactive and complete the studentwork sheet. This could also be explored as a class using an

Building a Pay Structure

844 words - 3 pages The following in an analysis of the overhaul of the pay structure for the non-union jobs at HealthRx (the CEO position is also excluded). Our method for doing so follows the “Pay Structure” outline. Job evaluation points of relevant benchmark jobs at HealthRx are indicated in the column labeled (Points (X) on the attached Excel document. Market rates, from a pay survey analysis conducted by HealthRx, for jobs not included in case 2, are

Similar Essays

A Monologue Short Monologue Essay

610 words - 2 pages CRAIG: (through short breaths, looking over his shoulder for signs of life)What can I do? All I did was open a couple of letters and write in them and now they try to arrest me. I would rather have stayed in the diner and just done what I could to help but no, they wanted to arrest me....for my own good. That's bollocks. Why does the town feel that I am the one out to get them. It doesn't work like that. They are the ones who ignore me and cut

One Reason A Monologue Essay

910 words - 4 pages A middle-aged man in the traditional Punjab uniform (torn navy-blue shirt, baggy pants), slowly cleaning the dirt near the children's playground.I was in the park all day, picking up peoples negligence "You missed that one over there filthy Asian" shouted the young child to my right. I said nothing. Stood still looking fiercely, he ran.I caught Wilfred just before he was finished. Good Englishmen. The very few that shows respect to fine

Interior Monologue Of A Cat Essay

310 words - 2 pages The Black BoxHere they are again. I have just eaten some fish, drunk some water, and laid down in hope to be able to rest, and suddenly, they are in the room. Maybe they are here for just a moment to pick up something and then they will leave. Maybe they are here for me, but I'm not sure I am into being petted right now. It feels so good just to lie on the soft bed, lean a little bit on the soft pillows, when my stomach is full, not worrying

American Authors: Building Character One Sentence At A Time

1674 words - 7 pages would also be void of free trade. Patrick Henry helped form the basis for today's society. All of these people have been extremely important to today's character. Each person has played a role in government and writing. They have all formed a basis for whatever they were working on. Without the ideas of government from Henry, we would have a different political system all together. Anne Bradstreet and William Cullen Bryant have helped piece