Monologues: Connecting to the Text

Man standing on a stage

Key information:

Course dates:
Spring Term 2024 - TBC
Course times:
Art form:
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Evening Courses | Spring Courses (January–March)

Course info

This course has been postponed to the Spring Term 2024 - join our mailing list to be notified when dates are announced.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Spring Term 2024


About Monologues: Connecting to the Text 

Walk into that audition room with confidence! This new six-week evening course will empower you to command any audition room and provide you with the tools to unpack even the most challenging script.

The course will focus on practical exercises and useful techniques, to bridge the gap between actor, character and text.

Who is this course for?
  • Anyone who has a passion for acting and would be interested in applying for Drama School or an equivalent programme.
  • Actors who are looking to improve their monologue technique or skills.
What can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Learn how to approach a monologue, practically and with confidence.
  • Develop your acting technique through a variety of imaginative and textual based exercises.
  • You will be encouraged and supported to perform your chosen monologue in front of the class and an invited audience of your choosing at the end of the course. This is not compulsory but is recommended in order to get the most out of the course.

You will be expected to engage in the practical group, pair and individual tasks during each class. By the end of the course you will have developed a toolbox of techniques that can be applied to any text, along with two appropriate monologues that you can use for future auditions.

Do I need anything for the course?
  • You will need to bring two modern speeches at the start of the course.
  • You will be given optional homework (written/practical) of which completion is recommended to gain the most out of the course.

Course Fee

This course has been postponed to the Spring Term 2024 - join our mailing list to be notified when dates are announced.


About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Fred Lancaster.  

Fred Lancaster trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He worked in the industry for over a decade before obtaining a PGCE in Drama from Goldsmiths College. He has worked extensively as a director, teacher and workshop facilitator in the UK, US and Europe.

His work as an actor includes This House (National Theatre), Henry V (West End), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre) and Rope (Theatre Royal Ipswich).

Film and TV credits include Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV) and No Shade (British Urban Film Festival).

He has taught at Guildhall on the Drama Summer School, the Preliminary Acting Course, and the Improvisation short courses Levels 1 & 2.

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