Dramatic Monologue #1 Explained

(This article follows on from my first of my dramatic monologues.)
Here I will be explaining some things that may be misunderstood or confused. If you haven’t already read it, I suggest that you do before continuing (Dramatic Monologue #1) because it will contain spoilers and answers that may have cropped up after reading it.

What is it about?:
This dramatic monologue is from the perspective of a school girl, she is sat across from a police officer in an interview room, with only a table between them. As you may be able to tell, something serious has happened to the extent that she is alone with a stranger (to her) in an interview room.

About the Setting:
It is set in a police interview room, as the first assumption anyone could make is that Kylie has done something wrong, and this is why she is under the watchful eye of the police officer. I think that this particular setting was key, because although she was meant to be in a police cell and act professional/sophisticated; she doesn’t use typical formality that many others her age would, they would be more intimidated not assertive. This can also reinforce the idea that Kylie is in the wrong, by seeming to brush off the situation and just ignore that there is an enforcer of the law in front of her.

Developing the Character:
I was very grateful to receive feedback from a young professional actress who performed this monologue and gave me improvements to make it more colloquial and reinforce Kylie’s character. For example, she maintains a sarcastic teenager persona whilst trying to act considerably more mature for her age. She uses a different expression that another young person her age may have, as they could be more upset or emotional. Possibly showing that she is trying to be strong by ‘wiping away her tears’. However, her innocence and youthfulness means that she has no idea about how to deal with a situation like this resulting with a sarcastic teenager. (‘Does that answer you question’) showing her slightly aggressive nature as a result of the traumatic situation.

A bit of Background and Context:
In this modern world, it seems impossible not to mention how people forget that technology is not completely reliable in matters of life and death. Not unlike a growing portion of road traffic accidents, the driver was texting on his mobile phone whilst driving, which led to the unfortunate accident. This suggests a modern context because a phone is invented, it suggests that the driver was otherwise occupied by focussing on his phone rather than the road ahead (a new law had just come into the UK which increased the punishment for drivers being convicted of being on your phone and driving – another reason why this part of context seemed important to mention).

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