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Monologue sample - THE HUMOURS OF BANDON, by Margaret McAuliffe

The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe

Note: All characters played by the same actor; image (c) George Carter

Annie (To audience.) I’m really nervous. (Realises.) You’d think I’d be used to the nerves by now but it’s always the same. My stomach’s in bits, my legs are like jelly, … more

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Plays for Performance - (1 female) - Chef

An outstanding performance piece for one female actor, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope.

Inspired by workshops with ex-inmates of women’s prisons and an interview with Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous, Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman … more

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Plays for Performance - (1 female) - Dry Ice

An outstanding performance piece for a strong female actor, Dry Ice (from The Clean Collection) offers a single actor the opportunity to inhabit many characters, weaving surreal and magical stories together. Nina, a young stripper, takes us on her startling journey via the many characters … more

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Plays for Performance - (1 female) - Josephine and I

A genuine tour de force for a strong female actor, Josephine and I is a moving and historically-fueled piece that links the past to the present.

From the ragtime rhythms of St Louis and the intoxicating sounds of 1920s Paris to present-day London, Josephine and I intertwines the story of a … more

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Plays for Performance - (1 female) - My Name is Saoirse

A tender and powerful play for a solo female actor, My Name is Saoirse is a coming-of-age drama about lost innocence and growing up prematurely.

1987: Johnny Logan has just won the Eurovision, mobile phones are about to be invented and, in Limerick, Saoirse O’Brien is sick of her best … more

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