The Monologue Pod Class – Episode 2

Tom Cooper

Episode 2 of 6 in a series of podcasts exploring monologues, focussing particularly on pieces suitable for young people. Each week, explore different approaches to working on specific texts, completing a series of tasks. Each week, establish the context of the monologue texts, then be guided through a series of appropriate exercises.  Build up a toolkit of techniques and approaches an actor could choose between or use in tandem. Presented by Tom Cooper.

Tom is a director and teacher based in Glasgow.  He has worked all over the UK on new plays, Shakespeare, devised work, musical theatre and opera. He has taught for London College of Music, the National Youth Theatre and Oxford School of Drama. For the last two years Tom has been part of the team of Short Courses tutors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has led intensive weekend courses on acting and contemporary text, and a regular Saturday morning group focussed on devising.

In this episode, we explore two monologues; one from James II: Day of the Innocents by Rona Munro and the other from Decky Does a Bronco by Douglas Maxwell.