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Monologues for a boy in mid teens - Post 1950’s, age appropriate without coarse language

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RAPUNZEL by Annie Siddons

Her writing is inspired by the work of Italo Calvino, this is a magical telling of the traditional folk tale as a play. There is a monologue for the role of Pierluigi Ambrosi (a ruffian), an amusing take, telling the audience of what has become of the city of Tuscany since the Prince was chased away by a ferocious wild boar - starving masses creating protection rackets, etc)

Description: Classic fairy tale collaboration between Battersea Arts Centre and acclaimed theatre company Kneehigh.


COLLECTED PLAYS FOR CHILDREN by Ted Hughes

The role of Narrator from THE PLAY “Orpheus”, written in lyrical, yet up-to-date language by one of the great poets for children.

Description: This volume contains six plays suitable for performance by children. Four were published under the title "The Coming of the Kings and Other Plays", and the other two are "Orpheus", previously only published in America, and "The Pig Organ" published for the first time.


THE YEAR NICK MCGOWAN CAME TO STAY by Rebecca Sparrow

Nick, a seventeen year old boy (the hottest boy at school), explains to Rachel why a young girl rings him regularly. She is the younger sister of his mate who was killed in a car accident the year before. The monologue is not humorous, but is a realistic portrayal of teenagers' lives, set in the 1980s.

Description: 17-year-old Rachel Hills is about to be faced with her worst nightmare, the most popular boy in school is coming to live with her family for the term. The strain of looking good at breakfast, and her embarrassing childhood photos is too much. But a mysterious secret from her past will make the year one that Rachel will never forget.

The novel the play is based on is also available.


THE FIFTH ELEPHANT by Terry Pratchett (Adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs)

Gaspode, a talking dog, has a couple of monologues directed to the audience. Interesting language which is slightly more vocally challenging than some other 'teen' pieces.

Description: A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels Commander Vimes is sent to wild, wintry and Transylvania-like Uberwald to establish trade links with the King of the Dwarfs but he ends up trying to stop and inter-species war. On his side though, is a talking dog, a reformed vampyre and a self-made man. You can tell he's self-made because the stitches still show. Vimes may have arrived as Ankh-Morpork's ambassador but he soon finds it's not all golden chocolate balls. Now he's an escaped prisoner - out in the icy woods, wearing only the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya and being chased by a pack of fascist werewolves who don't play by the rules.


AND THE BIG MEN FLY by Alan Hopgood

A tall story, a yarn, about Australian Rules football. While not overtly 'humorous', this play offers a number of speeches by men (footballers/ commentator). It would mean playing up in age, but language appears suitable, and it offers the opportunity to portray Australian male 'character'.

Published 1998. Readership Level: Primary and Secondary Education


JOHNNY SALTER by Aiden Chambers

Now out-of-print, this is a play for young people, first published in 1966 – England. The role of Johnny is suitable. He talks to his friend, Sally and confides in her about what he’d like to do in his life.

Description: This was part of a series of plays specially written or adapted for 11- to 14-year-olds for easy acting or reading aloud in class. This is a humorous play about teenage friends and enemies.


20 EASILY STAGED CHARACTER RECITALS by Judi Scheuber

Description: A collection of character recitals for four to fourteen year olds. Well tested in performance. Simple to costume and stage. Stage settings take little or no time to se. No character runs longer than four minutes. Useful for eisteddfods, speech exams, school concerts, home-schoolers, fundraisers and classroom drama.


THE METHUEN DRAMA BOOK OF MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS

Description: Selected by Anne Harvey, an experienced actress, director, writer and adjudicator, these dramatic monologues are suitable for performance at auditions, solo acting classes, festivals and examinations. Ranging from early Elizabethan to contemporary literature, the pieces are varied in content, tone and style and are equipped with an introduction setting the context. Writers include: Alan Ayckbourn, Enid Bagnold, David Campton, William Congreve, Sarah Daniels, Charles Dickens, Athol Fugard, Lucy Gannon, Graham Greene, John Godber, David Hare, Stanley Houghton, Henrik Ibsen, Shaman Macdonald, David Mercer, Iris Murdoch, Dennis Potter, Tom Stoppard, CP Taylor, Hugh Whitemore and many more.