Workshop Three:The Art of The Audio Monologue: A Guide for Writers and Performers
Writing and performing monologues are great tests for both writers and actors. From Alan Bennett’s acclaimed “Talking Heads” series to a multitude of famous speeches in stage plays, films and radio dramas, monologues can be part of wider productions or tell entire stories on their own.
In this workshop we look at the art of writing, performing and recording audio monologues. Our guest will be actress Marie-Claire Wood and she’ll be on hand to give performance advice to writers wishing to perform their own monologues as well as giving us some examples of monologues she’s worked on.
- What is a monologue?
- How will writing monologues help your writing in general?
- Knowing your character – who is speaking your monologue?
- What is the story your monologue is telling?
- Optimising your monologue for performance
- An introduction to performing monologues with Marie-Claire
- Recording your monologue
- Telling entire stories through monologues or monologue series (the one-person audio play)
- Q&A session
Throughout the workshop we’ll listen to a monologues performed by Marie-Claire.
There has never been a better time to get involved in audio work. From podcasts to radio to paid services such as Amazon’s Audible platform, producers are searching for more content to meet demand from their listeners.
In this series we’ll take writers through some of the different types of audio from drama to fiction and poetry made specifically for listening audiences. We’ll look at the writing techniques you’ll need to learn in order to flourish in these areas and we’ll guide you through the opportunities for working in audio. Working alongside industry professionals including actors and writers with extensive audio experience our workshops will inform and entertain while hopefully inspiring attendees to have a go at getting into the world of audio.
Please note there is a supporting Google Classroom for this course and the direct link to join can be found in confirmation email under the Additional information section.
If you have any accessibility requirements, please directly get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: There are no scheduled breaks during the session
Chris Gregory founded, Alternative Stories, an independent spoken-word production company making podcasts and radio programmes for a variety of clients. Twice representing the UK at the International Radio Drama Festival and nominated for numerous Audio Verse awards, Alternative Stories productions have been heard on BBC radio, on podcasts and on radio stations in North America and Australia.
Specialising in literary productions, Chris has interviewed and worked with many of the UK’s leading writers and poets and Alternative Stories actors have appeared in films and television, in BBC radio productions and on stages in the West End and throughout the UK.
Visit Alternative Stories website: alternativestories.com
NB: To make the most of Audio Season with Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories, please ensure that you book your place, there are 6 sessions to book individually in total on the following dates:
- 6 December 2022
- 13 December 2022
- 20 December 2022
- 10 January 2023
- 17 January 2023
- 24 January 2023
Booking is essential. Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are found not to have booked a place for this session.
We encourage all participants to keep their cameras on during the session.
Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are disruptive to a session.
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