Talking to GodPosted: 18 January 2013
Luke & Michael were drilling dramatic monologues and soliloquies last night. (Peter More breaks down the different kinds of dramatic monologue here, here and here.) By experimenting with varying attitudes, we made an interesting discovery: a character shouldn’t talk to him/herself. Even when they are alone, or the other on-stage characters cannot hear (as in an ‘aside’), when characters talk to themselves, the words do not ‘land’. When directed inwardly, the speech becomes weak. Like improvisers, soliloquizers should stay out of their own heads. It works better to think of the character as talking to God. In a performance, the audience is God.
It is then possible to introduce God into a dialogue scene. Usually, two characters will have conflicting needs, and drama can stem from these needs being unacknowledged. When one character opens up their feelings and addresses the other as though delivering a monologue to God, it is practically a divine revelation. The audience is instantly brought into the heart of the scene.
There’s loads more experimentation to be done. We’ll be looking further into this in the future.