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Melville Lovatt’s 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.
Egg And Spoon and Making Adjustments won the 2018 NODA Showcase Competition on 23 June 2018 at the Radlett Centre. Kim Wedler and Linda Hampson of the Ruislip Dramatic Society performed the pieces.
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 …
No of Actors: 6M 6F
Performance Length: 10 minutes
Performance Licence Fee: £5.00
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