Puppet Monologues

What is a Monologue?

a monologue is a prolonged talk given by one character, "most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character, [a group of people] or the audience."

Monologue Recommendations

  • a monologue has a beginning, middle and end -
    • beginning - don't focus on trying to introduce your character, as is, " Hi my name is..." Just start in the middle of the story or action
    • middle
    • end - make sure there's a clear resolution...
  • reveal your characters thoughts, feelings and emotions through your monologue
  • employ a variety of emotions - there may be moments when you character may be happy, then sad, then mad. By taking people through a roller coaster of human's emotion, you help them feel the complexities of being human (or a puppet with human emotions). We are after all complex beings! 
  • Pauses in the right places to allow silence to speak 
  • Funny and goofy are not the same thing - Don't get so lost on entertaining the crowd that you miss the point of your monologue. 
  • Make sure your monologue's character has a specific and unique style and voice
  • Make sure to have a twist at the end that surprises the audience - Don't write a monologue that is so predictable that it is not that interesting.
  • Read your monologue aloud to yourself - do this to see if it sounds natural and consistent to what your character might say. 
  • Read your monologue aloud to your peers - do this to get feedback that might help you revise your writing to perfect it. Just cause it makes sense to you it does not mean it will to the audience. Hearing the input of others will help you hit the ball out of the park.

Monologue Examples - Can be used to analyze monologue writing

Youtube Videos of Monologues for Kids