A practical exploration of processes required in the development of a monopolylogue from initial stimuli until finished performance.
The monopolylogue is a form of theatrical storytelling, in which a single performer embodies various characters. The term has originated in the early 19th century, although, practitioners have been known to create multi-character solo performances prior to the invention of the term. Despite the popularity of this form of theatrical entertainment, monopolylogues have not been greatly researched. Accounts of parts of recent performances exist, along with interviews with practitioners; however, none of those allow great insight into the processes required in the creation of a monopolylogue. Therefore, this dissertation aims to provide the missing information. This dissertation, titled 'A practical exploration of processes required in the development of a monopolylogue from initial stimuli until finished performance.' explores the creative processes in the development of a multi-character solo performance through combining practical and academic research. It includes writing a 30-minute monopolylogue script, rehearsing it and performing it in front of a live audience, followed by a post-show discussion. Thus, allowing insight into every aspect of the creation process from initial idea to presenting it for an audience, rather than focusing on only one.