a). Please embed your selected monologue that you wish to be graded. The Key Areas will be a reflection of your monologue performance.
– Why did you choose this particular performance?
At the moment I am following the election in America, at present, all the candidates – except Bernie – are behaving badly. Mark Antony, however, was a true leader who inspired trust and hope in many people. In this speech even though he is criticising someone, he remains true and polite.
– How was my character portrayal?
I can be critical two things:
- I stumbled in the middle of the speech however after the pause I rallied.
- I was constantly nervous of the toga falling, so I grabbed it too tightly, unlike Mark Antony
I intentionally didn’t move around too much, since back then speakers relied on the language rather than dramatic effect.
– What aspects of physicality or vocals worked? What didn’t?
- I should have draped something over the “coffin” as to increase realism
- I needed t be louder
-Consider the use of space and stage business; how natural were your mannerisms, movements, postures or gestures and how well did they correspond with the delivery of your lines?
- The environment was quite sterile, so it did not encourage me to speak as eloquently. When Mark Antony was speaking outside the Senate, he would have seen many faces, and this would have encouraged him. All of the senators would be dressed the same so he wouldn’t be self conscious of the way he was dressed. Also he would have been using full range of his vocals, almost shouting, as he would only be audible if he yelled.
– What solutions or suggestions do I have to approach characterisation; especially the motives of a character for a monologue?
- The character of Mark Antony has made virtually no mistakes, so it would be difficult to provide any suggestions concerning motives or emotions of a character. Not only this, but he has no issues throughout the play other than his friend – Caesar – dying, which instantly results in the monologue I presented
b). Please also select another student’s monologue and write a short critique on what key approaches in characterisation were effective.
The first thing I noticed about Shishir’s monologue is his use of objects already present on the stage. He is obviously very well prepared and very well researched on Salieri. Shishir reflects this in his non-chalant use of vocabulary that would otherwise not be used, and his clear representation of Salieri’s current physical state. It seems to me that young Shishir watched Amadeus, and perhaps a production of it, in order to prepare for his role. His mannerisms are also reflective of his research into the character of Salieri, coughing and hacking as well as descending into insane rants are all signs of a mind as shattered as the disenchanted Salieri, and Shishir quite heartily represents this accurately. A smart thing that Shishir clearly thought of was his use of coughs, as if he forgot a line he could try and remember it while he coughed.