Performance: Monologues

A poem can be a conversation between two or more people, there might be a narrator who is telling the story with lots of different characters – or there may only be one person doing the talking. This is called a monologue.

When performing a monologue, it’s a good idea to think about the character of the speaker –

Who‘s doing the speaking?
Who are they talking to?
What are they saying?
Why are they saying it?
– How do they feel about it?
– Does their mood change during the poem?

I think it’s easiest to explain this by looking at examples – so let’s start with a poem by Jack Prelutsky called HOMEWORK, OH HOMEWORK! When listening to this poem, try to think about some of the questions above.