Using drama to express your Platform2 experience is a great method to use to tell your story, and even better if you can involve others!

To date Platform2 returnees have been creating monologues at the Express residential under the guidance of the most theatrical Jonny Mason. In August 2009 a number of volunteers took part in the Edinburgh Festival, putting on a production called Poverty Monologues.
Platform2's Poverty Monologues cast

Create your own monologue

Monologue rehearsal

  1. Try and write your monologue from the perspective of someone you knew or met from your Platform2 trip - preferably somebody who was from that country
  2. Think about some of the issues that they faced and try and inlcude them in the monologue
  3. Think of the emotions of that person
  4. Think about what they were like and convey this in the monologue. What sort of things did they say to you?
  5. What would make the monologue interesting to the audience?

Monologue actress in characterThe monologue can be as short or as long as you want. Remember: sometimes it is best just to write something down and get going rather than mull it over too much.

You may find the following questions useful to answer:

  • Who are they?
  • What did they look like and how old are they?
  • What do you want to convey to the audience about this character?
  • Why did you think of them?
  • What phrases did they use/what mannerisms did they have?
  • What conversations did you have with them?Monologue actress in dance
  • What was positive in their life?
  • What was hard about their life?
  • How are they feeling right now?
  • What about their livelihood?
  • Did they have any opinions that you remember?
  • What values did they have?
  • What was important to them?
  • What would they mainly talk about?
  • How would you describe their personality?
  • What does the future hold for them?

Using you imagination if necessary list the first ten things that come into your head when you think of your character

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