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Audition season for acting schools around Australia is fast upon us

With hundreds of thousands of plays out there it can be an overwhelming task to find monologues that resonate as prime audition pieces.  To make this process just a smidge easier we bring you ‘Monologue Month’.  

For the month of September we’ll be sharing the tantalising first bites of seven choice monologues from our catalog of plays.  If you like what you read and are keen to dig deeper into the text we’re offering 20% off each of the plays the monologues are from.  

You may be thinking ‘Playlab, you fools.  You’ve already given me half a monologue!  With a bit of pacing, if I pause long enough here and there to build the dramatic tension, I can make this text work as is!  I don’t need to “buy” your “play”.  Who cares what comes next, before or even ever!’.  

We bring you a message from our Artistic Director/ CEO Ian Lawson, a seasoned director who has auditioned actors extensively for the past 20 years:

“Quite simply, you need to read the play. To bring authenticity and integrity to your work you need to fully understand all the forces impacting a character’s life, and the context of the monologue in relation to the whole of the play. That way you can make informed and specific choices that separate you from other actors. If I know a play I can tell pretty quick if an actor hasn’t read it… So, please, read the play”.

At the end of the day a large part of acting is about the choices you make, so make those choices informed ones.

We’ll also be offering 20% off of our existing monologue collections for men and women.  If you purchase one of these collections you will receive a discount code for 20% off the original plays the featured texts are from.  

We hope you enjoy our Monologue Month and find the perfect audition piece you’ve been looking for.

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HEDONISM’S SECOND ALBUM by Claire Christian and David Burton, a comedy that dives into the themes of friendship, success and fame.

Sumo, Male, 20’s, pg 62:

“When I was a kid I made drums out of milk crates and made this fuckin’ awful racket. I think I’d seen something on RAGE — ACDC or some shit. I was six. And my next door neighbour, Tiff, she was super hot for like a six year old and she came over and said I was good. And at that stage my Mum had just left and everything was shit and I was just like — yeah awesome, drums.

My Dad bought me a kit, saved up, and fuck. Drums. I’ve just always played. In high school I was in a band with my best mate then, Scottie. Girls would always lose their shit and be like you’re good — so I was always like, yeah awesome, drums.

I dunno if I even love doing it. I dunno. Just always have. I know I’m not the best, but I know I’m not shit. Just drums is about mates and girls and, yeah, fuckin awesome.

I’m never…”

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THE PINEAPPLE QUEEN by Norman Price, a fantastical black comedy drama about a girl who dreams of being crowned the Glasshouse District’s Pineapple Queen.  Wearing a magnificent dress, riding on a float down the main street of Nambour — a glamorous new life away from the confines of the farm she grew up on with her cruel father.

The Pineapple Queen, Female, 20’s pg 11:

"Mr Mayor; Ladies and Gentlemen; 

Boys and Girls; other finalists; and my sponsor the fire brigade.

Good evening and thank you for attending The Pineapple Queen Talent Quest.  

As you know I grew up on a farm surrounded by delicious Pineapples.  

We grow the pineapples and send them off to the Golden Circle Pineapple Factory.  Golden Circle means so much to me.  And of course to this community.

So tonight, I would like to share with you …”

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cover image1TROLLOP by Maxine Mellor, a dramatic fantasy. Complex and challenging it both explores and exploits contemporary communication modes.

Eugenie, Female, 20’s, pg 77:

“Story time! I went to an all-girls school.

When I was thirteen I fell madly in love. Her name was Lorraine Kowalski —
She was a couple of years above me, and, I don’t know, different . She had spiky black hair, and wore boots instead of the regular school shoes — I think she lied she had bad ankles or something. Teachers didn’t much bother her anyway; they found her intimidating.

The first time I saw her, she was colouring her nails with a Nikko at assembly. I kept following her secretly at lunch breaks to try to find some way that I could accidentally meet her.

Sometimes her and her little group of outcasts would sneak behind the sports shed, which is a big no-no, and one lunchtime a teacher caught them and banned them from hanging out back there. That’s when I saw my opening..."

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Screen Shot 2017 08 30 at 10.50.38 amOEDIPUS DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Daniel Evans. In this dark and savagely funny play we’re led by a chorus of quirky characters into the secret, tragic, desperate lives of a family cursed to be the centre of attention. Evans asks what devils lurk in our own backyards? How do we point the finger when there’s nowhere to lay the blame? And who ends up playing the monster?

Eirene, Female, 18, pg 113:

You weren’t at school. 
I handed in your assignment. 
Your ancient history assignment. 
You got an A Minus. 
Looks just like your handwriting. 
The ‘p’s were hard. 
You put a curl in their tail. 
Took me a few goes. 
But I got them. 
Mrs Samios marked you — me — you — me down for going over the word limit. 
But there was just so much to say, you know? 
I could have written two essays. 

I DID.  

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That was stupid. 

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[To herself, privately:] Stupid..."

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pale blue dot frontcover lowres7PALE BLUE DOT by Kathryn Marquet, a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone.

Joel, Male, 30, pg, 11:

"It may seem to you that this is unfair. You’re quite right. It is unfair. But let me tell you something about fair. You know nothing about it. Nothing. Zero. 

Because I have had to sit here for six hours and listen to you dissemble and lie, in an altogether humourless and unentertaining manner. And, that, to be quite open and honest, is unfair.

I have had to listen to you while you tell me an unconvincing and, quite honestly, imbecilic lie about how you own a BMW, for which you have conveniently misplaced the purchase receipt and all evidence of its existence in the universe. And, in that BMW, in the glove box, you forgot about the existence of 10,000 dollars worth of jewellery, for which you also happened to misplace the purchase receipt. 

Now, not only has the last six hours of my life left me bored merciless and drained of…” 

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OLD MAN by Matthew Whittet, is inspired by, and is about, fatherhood. More than that, though, it is about absence and presence. How do we become the people - specifically the parents - we are?

Carol, Female, 60, pg 24:

“When I find him, I get the fright of my life. He’s stepping out

onto King St, straight into the path of the oncoming traffic. And I

can see it’s like he’s blind, like he’s not thinking straight and I

start to scream. I scream out to him to stop, for someone to stop

him. And he still doesn’t hear me. I run from where I am on the

next block, and I can see the first car miss him by a hair’s

breadth, which he still doesn’t even see or register at all, and

then I can see a truck and I think that this is it. This is the

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moment that every mother, every parent dreads.

And all I can do is ...".

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Screen Shot 2017 08 30 at 11.34.06 amTHE SUBLIME by Brendan Cowell.  Covering themes of sex, sport and power  The Sublime cuts through the media-managed clichés of professional football, plotting an emotionally charged trajectory to expose human faults that go way beyond the sporting field. 

Dean, Male, 20’s, pg 52 – 53:

"Our brother Jayson was always the one pushing it to the limit — with fun, with motorbikes, on the footy field … and yeah … um … this one night — Queen’s birthday bonfire Jay is off his face on pinga’s and acid and bloody who knows what — running round and like dousing himself with kero, shirt off thinking he is hilarious and everyone’s laughing and not thinking that his actions would be bad in any way. Then … ok Phil, you realise I have never told anyone this? Yeah? Jayson lights a durry off a stick — next thing you know his face is on fire. ’Cos the kero, and then … climbing up flame … body face legs … all of him. Jays. Voom.


Everyone in the park, neighbours, all screaming for Jay ’cos it’s him. Liam grabs Jayson, on fire he grabs him anyway, over his shoulder Liam runs with this ball of orange flame across the park to the houses — he throws him into the O’Brien’s out ground pool. I just … watched. I didn’t know it was real."

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