Melville Lovatt‘s latest collection of monologues, Standing Alone, brings together eight monologues previously published by New Theatre Publications with eight new. Standing Alone comprises a total of sixteen monologues – eight for women and eight for men. Each piece has its own dark comedy and pathos. With sharp focus on the nature of love, sex, blame, betrayal and isolation, his characters are often bewildered or angry, struggling to come to terms with lives sometimes turned topsy-turvy in the blink of an eye. By turns funny, tragic, ironic and bizarre, these brilliantly observed monologues demand to be performed.
Monologue list (including age of speaker)
Making Adjustments (early 60s): Anita is dreading husband Ron’s retirement
The Wall (early 60s): … That’s what it was. A newspaper wall …
Egg And Spoon (60 year old): May recalls an egg and spoon race and its unexpected consequences
Three Visits To Vincent (early 50s): Christine pays three visits to her husband Vincent’s grave
The Teddy Bear (50s): A lost teddy bear influences Veronica in more ways than one
Farewell To Frank (late 50s): Will Frank receive a fond farewell?
Waiting For Tea (early 80s): … They’ve put me in a ward with a load of old women, What annoys me is they think I’m old …
The Silence (early 50s): … The silence was there. It was always there. Almost comforting, then. Comforting? No …
Three Piece Suite (40s): A new three piece suite brings about changes for Ron
Whilst Feeding The Cats (60s): … Some people are just … just too far away …
The Retirement Plan (60s): … It was no great mystery. I couldn’t find the key. Had no reason to go in the bloody shed at all! …
Over By Christmas (early 80s): Norman remembers life in the trenches
The Balaclava (late 40s): … Bright blue. Sky blue. It stood out in a crowd. That was half the trouble. It stood out too much …
The Fishing Trip (late 30s): … Like most men, I suppose I have to confess it’s a mystery to me how a woman’s mind works …
Access (40s): … The thing is, I still love her. She knows I still love her. I’ve never not loved her. She knows … knows that.
It was just … for a year … I thought I … well … I thought I loved Inga too …
Monologue (mid 50s): … He’s coming. You’ll be pleased to know I’ve invited him to your funeral …
What people are saying
Melville Lovatt’s monologues hit the spot like dramatic arrows. Sixteen pieces that run the gamut of most human emotions in ten minute bites. Just the job to instantly lighten the mood or set the scene for a longer play. As most are suffused with humour often of a wry or darkish tone they are rich dishes indeed and being made to concentrate on a lone, still voice has a wonderfully purifying effect on the jaded theatregoer. To my mind, these monologues are without question in the same high quality league as those of Alan Bennett.
– Michael Stewart. Theatre critic for the Islington Tribune
Melville Lovatt is clearly a master of the monologue medium, whether from the point of view of a woman or a man. All his monologues have a surprising twist ending. – Josie Arden, author of Broken Ties of Time
“Standing Alone” is a little gem. This collection of 16 dramatic monologues, written for both women and men to perform, comes highly recommended by one who has been a member of the audience and had the privilege to perform a number of the female roles.
Lovatt demonstrates he is very much in tune with human nature as he explores, often through pathos and irony, the themes of love, sex, blame, betrayal and isolation. Indeed, he has a real gift for writing convincing dialogue as well as creating characters who could be you, me or your next door neighbour. The circumstances in the monologues vary, but each work concerns situations, relationships and emotions which individuals will be able to identify with. As each story unfolds you may shed a tear, chuckle or even feel anger – certainly once the monologue is over, you will be left thinking.
These thought-provoking dramatic monologues are a must for those who enjoy short stories, good theatre; and for actors who are looking to perform interesting, sometimes complex characters. Great roles in this collection for the more mature woman to perform. All that is left now to say is, enjoy!
– Barbara Towell, author of: ‘A Little Piece for Mother’ (novel), ‘Patchworks’ (poetry anthology), ‘Wedding Bells’ (play), ‘Faith is the Key’ (musical)