What NOT to pick as an audition monologue for drama school

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Advice for choosing a monologue – what not to pick

When you have to audition for drama school you are asked to choose an audition monologue, a speech which will show off both your acting ability and potential to a panel. It can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing a speech, there are so many out there, so many to choose from and what you choose can make the difference between you getting a recall or not. The stakes are high!
It’s important to note that since drama school I have only ever been asked to prepare a monologue for one audition in twenty years working as a professional actor. So, believe me when I say, your monologue picking days will soon be behind you!
Here are some of my guidelines on what not to pick!
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Actor Hub’s Recommended Audition Monologues
If you want to suggest a monologue for these lists or ask about our choices get in touch with me via Twitter
  • Choosing a monologue for an audition? Here are the Actor Hub picks of the best men’s classical and Shakespearean monologues.
  • Our picks for drama school auditions – modern male monologues. Keep checking back as we constantly update this list.
  • The Actor Hub list of classical and Shakespearean audition monologues for females for drama school auditions and theatre castings.
  • Auditioning for drama school? Here are our favourite ‘modern’ audition monologues for females