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Contemporary Monologues for Women

We know how hard and time consuming it is to find audition pieces and so we have come up with this list of great plays with great monologues in them for auditions. If you want to buy one of the plays from the list below please note that we sell most of them in our shop so please buy the play/plays of your choice from us. Thank you!


Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson


Janet: “I can’t sleep Mum, I can’t sleep on my own, the bed’s too big, things creak, footsteps on the stair, out in the corridor. I think it’s him, every time I think it’s him.”

The play begins with the killing of Billy and goes on to explore his abuse of his wife and two children Mary and Janet along with the effect he has on them even after his death. The story unfolds from interviews with police officials and psychologists.




Tusk Tusk by Polly Stenham


1. Maggie: “Said? You’re the one that does the saying, Eliot. You’ve had your say this whole rancid time, haven’t you?”

2. “I was the last person to see her. It wasn’t him. It was me. I never told you that. I wanted to so many times.”

The play follows three children Eliot 16, Maggie 14 and Finn 7 in a flat in London who are getting desperate as their father is long gone and their mentally unstable mother has been gone for almost a week now.




Bluebird by Simon Stephens


Claire: “I had to deal with everything, Jimmy. On my own. I had to deal with packing her clothes away.”

The play follows a minicab driver Jimmy in London as he picks up a variety of ‘fares’ one night, all of whom share their own stories. Robert talks about his daughter being stabbed to death, Richard is disillusioned with life as an engineer for the London underground and Jimmy’s struggle to deal with his estranged wife and own problems. There are lots of great monologues in this play for men and women, this one is Claire talking about how she dealt with the death of her and Jimmy’s daughter on her own.




Chapel Street by Luke Barnes


Kirsty: “All I could think about the whole way home was getting in the shower.”

Chapel Street follows Kirsty, 16 and Joe, 23 on a night out, neither of them are aware that their lives are about to collide. This monologue is Kirsty talking about how she knew she was pregnant on the night the baby was conceived and how she dealt with it.





That Face by Polly Stenham


Martha: “Baby boy, baby boy, don’t cry. Am I a lady?”

That Face explores the relationship between Mia, Henry and their unstable mother Martha (middle aged). In this monologue Martha talks about having dignity and committing herself to a mental institute.





Belongings by Morgan Lloyd Malcom


1. Deb: “She weren’t mad. No she weren’t. She was lost.”

2. “Anyway. So yeh. They take your photos.”

Belongings switches to and from flashbacks of modern war to the battleground of the family kitchen. The play is about a young female soldier who returns from Afghanistan to a home and family she no longer connects with. In the first monologue Deb talks to her dad (Jim) about her mum’s depression and questions why he didn’t treat her better. In the other monologue she talks about writing letters in Afghanistan to be opened in the case of her death and what she should have written in the letters to her mum. There are other good monologues to choose from in this play.





Reasons to be pretty by Neil Labute


Steph: “I’ve never thought you had a great body, it’s OK, but nothing really special…”

Reasons to be Pretty written in American English is a play about the impossibility of love. Greg adores his girlfriend Steph but all hell breaks loose when he casually mentions that he thinks she has some physical imperfections. In Steph’s monologue (thirties) she talks to her ex-boyfriend (Greg) and begins to list his imperfections and physical faults.





Like a Virgin by Gordan Steel


Angela: “You just thought. That’s your bloody problem, you don’t think.”

 Best friends Angela (16) and Maxine besotted with Madonna form a band. Angela’s mum struggles to deal with the break-up of her marriage and Angela her terminal illness. In Anglela’s monologue she is having a go at Maxine about dying, her dad and being a virgin.





The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell


Slyvia: “I want you to know I don’t blame you. I really don’t.”

Alternating between 1958 and 2008, The Pride examines attitudes towards sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and relationships. In 1958 Philip is in love with Oliver but married to Sylvia. In 2008 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both. In Slyvia’s monologue (in 1958, mid-thirties, PR required) she confronts Oliver about the affair he had with her husband Philip.




On the Shore of the Wide World by Simon Stephens


Alice: “A friend, a man you don’t know, somebody from work, a man who occasionally I have met outside of work…”

On the Shore of the Wide World is a three generation family drama about love, relationships and recovery. Set in Stockport 2004, something is about to happen that will change their lives forever. In Alice’s monologue (37) she talks to husband Peter about how she had the opportunity to cheat but didn’t.





The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis


Henrietta: “No parent should have to bury a child… No mother should have to bury a son.”

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot written in American English and set in purgatory follows the court case of the bible’s most notorious sinner Judas Iscariot. In Henrietta’s monologue she talks about the injustice of her son’s (Judas’s) treatment and begins to doubt God.





Boys by Ella Hickson


1. Sophie: “The first night I knew um the first he Mack came to my flat we spent nearly nine hours straight just talking.”

2. “Do you; have you ever actually felt any- guilt?”

The class of 2011 are about to graduate from Edinburgh university and Benny, Mack, Timp, and Cam are due to move out of their flat but not before one last party. In Sophie’s first monologue (early twenties) she confesses to Laura the first time she knew she liked Mack. In her second she talks to Mack about how she doesn’t feel guilty for loving him despite her previous boyfriend’s and Mack’s friend suicide early that year.




Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly


Donna: “And so I’m, erm, just erm, standing there, standing there and this girl, there’s this girl lying on the top bunk and she’s not saying…”

Taking care of baby is about a young mother Donna convicted of murdering her two infant children. Donna’s monologue is about her terrifying first night in prison.





Crossfires by Michel Azama


Bella: “I’m trying to knit the bits of my face together again.”

Bella, Ismail, Krim and Yonathon are teenagers. They argue, have sex, smoke joints, love, hate, kill and die in Bieurut, Hiroshima, Ireland, Iraz and Bosnia. The play is about tumbling through the checkpoint of life and death warzones everywhere at all times. In Bella’s monologue she talks about dying and how she wishes somebody would cut her open to deliver her baby.




Tree houses by Elizabeth Kuti


Eva: “It’s the little things of course always the little things that get you unguarded moments which survive for some mysterious reason just snapshots…” 

Elizabeth Kuti is revolutionary playwright who avoids using punctuation so that the actor is free to make their own judgments and interpretations on how the text should be spoken. On the day of her father’s funeral young Eva is still haunted by the betrayal she witnessed from her childhood haven- her tree house. Meanwhile Magda remembers the ghosts of another hiding place and a different betrayal. Interweaving lives and secrets, this is a story of refuge, treachery and of love lost and found. In Eva’s monologue she talks about her dad who has recently passed away.




Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You by Christopher Durang


Diane: “G-d always answers our prayers, you said, he just sometimes says no.”

Sister Mary is a teaching nun concerned with all the various forms of sin, but when some of her former students turn up with their own stories and hatred for her mayhem ensues. In Diane’s monologue she questions why God wouldn’t end her mother’s suffering and concludes that God doesn’t exist.




Ladybird by Vassily Sigarev


Lera: “Cock off. I’m serious I’ll give him two thousand back. Only I’ve got to order something.”

Set in a dead-end Russian town, where there is no money. Young Lera has won a ‘prize’ but can only claim it by making a purchase. It is also Dima’s last night before he leaves for the army so they are going to have a party. In Lera’s (20) monologue she talks about how her mum is driving her mad and how maybe there is a God after all.




The Faith Machine by Alexi Kaye Campbell


Sophie: “I did think about you when I was there. One night. I don’t know why.”

The Faith Machine jumps between 1998 and 2011. The play explores themes of love, faith, capitalism, morality and religion. In Sophie’s monologue, Sophie (ages from 22 to 34 during the play, but is around 30 at this point in the play) talks to Tom, her ex-boyfriend who she hasn’t seen in a year and a half. She tells him that she did think of him once when she was away in Iraq. She thought about how she didn’t care about the dying children that night but just wanted to be with him.