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Breaking Down Monologues: A Step by Step Guide

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Jason Bugeja

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Breaking Down Monologues: A Step by Step Guide

How to Break Down

The Monologue
Step 1: Identify
Step 2: Break into "beats"
Step 3: Blocking and Objective
Write in Director Notes:
Blocking is when an
actor moves on the stage
Objective is what a character
in a scene is "fighting" for
Inflection is how an actor delivers
their lines through the use of breath
and vocal qualities
An "Action" or sometimes called "tactic"
is how a character intends to get their
It is important to understand
the text; understanding the text
will reveal your character's objective within a scene
A "beat" is the smallest unit of action in a play or scene
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