The Actors Centre

Rehearsing and Performing a Monologue

WHAT IS IT? An intensive workshop on rehearsing and performing a monologue, exploring approaches to the process and with a chance to share your own work/experiences. HOW WILL IT WORK? The workshop is led by director David Mercatali and performer Sean Verey, the team behind Tonight with Donny Stixx, for which Sean won The Stage Best Solo Performance award in Edinburgh. The workshop will start with forming an understanding of the specifics of monologue performance, followed by an extract of David and Sean's rehearsal room process on Donny Stixx. Using a provided text or their own work, participants will then perform an extract from a piece and explore different approaches to its rehearsal and performance. WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT? Confidence in approaching a monologue for performance. A better understanding of the specific demands of performing a monologue, and of how to keep monologues dramatically active and responsive to their audiences in performance. A better understanding of the director/performer relationship when working on a monologue. A chance for feedback on a piece you're currently working on. Price: £40


David Mercatali

David is an award-winning stage director. His recent production, Tonight with Donny Stixx by Philip Ridley at the Edinburgh Fringe, won The Stage Best Solo performance award. Prior to that he directed another Philip Ridley new play Radiant Vermin, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre (The Stage described it as ‘masterfully directed'), and Alice Birch’s Little Light at the Orange Tree Theatre. David has successfully staged new work from writers including Critics Circle Award winner Barney Norris, multi-award winner Timberlake Wertenbaker and Harold Pinter Playwrights Award winner Anders Lustgarten. He picked up a Fringe First award for Dark Vanilla Jungle 2013, and was nominated for Off West End awards for Best Director in both 2011 and 2014. He was also nominated for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award 2011. David is currently the Associate Director at Southwark Playhouse, a Programming Advisor for Tristan Bates Theatre, and serves on the board of Stage Directors UK.

Sean Michael Verey

Sean won the 2015 Stage Award for Best Solo  Performance at the Edinburgh Festival for the world premiere of Philip Ridley's searing monologue Tonight With Donny Stixx; and in the same year was nominated for the OffWestEnd Best Actor Award for Ridley’s Radiant Vermin, both directed by David Mercatali. On TV, Sean is best known for playing the lead role of Jamie Prince in hit BBC Three sitcom Pramface for several years.


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