Monologue Technique Analysis


A vast percent of techniques drawn upon during rehearsals have been used in this monologue. Most of the techniques fall under Stanislavski’s method. To successfully execute this monologue, it must carry evident use of naturalism and realism - the two most vital techniques Stanislavski encouraged his actors to utilise to ‘find the absolute truth about the individual character’ being the most important part of executing a monologue. To add naturalism requires the use of other techniques, including the use of 3D characters. 3D characters are real characters that come alive through the actor. They change the way they react to the real world, never reacting the same (like 2D characters). Like the way Rose reacts to death. She acknowledges that she has reacted differently and the audience sees her journey over the monologue as she takes them through her thoughts and feelings because they are relatable, carry real emotion, and connect with life like thoughts and social issues - death. Part of a 3D character is belief and conviction, where the actor must out their disbelief in the character’s situation aside in order for the audience to do the same. This can be challenging if you, the actor, have not been the same situation as your character, that’s why one of an actor’s most important resources are their imagination. During rehearsals, I found it difficult to maintain my character because I did not believe in her situation - Ed was Ed to me, and Kev was Kev…I had not yet made them from my own life for me to really feel Rose’s situation.
Belief and conviction is also achieved through the use of magic ‘ifs’ in my monologue. Stanislavski also introduced this technique for the actor to use their imagination and ask themselves ‘What if?’ What would I be willing to do if I was Macbeth and there were only a few people in the way of my crown? What if I was a 5 year old who just knocked over their best friend’s building blocks? These examples use the...