What do you look for in an audition monologue?
Something that will give you the chance to really show off your acting range?
Do you want to be unique with a piece they have probably not seen before?
Or do you want something that is in the current mindset?
The award winning Great War play, Dear Mother can offer all of these points and more!
As it is written in letter format and each scene is performed by a single actor each time, with no other interactions, it allows that actor to reach out and talk to the audience directly, really drawing them into their dialogue.
Dear Mother is recently published play (March 2014) so the chances of having the same audition piece as someone else is very small. It allows you to portray the part without prejudice of another actor who has played the role in film or on stage. You really can make the role your own. As it is new, you have more chance of being able to engage those that you are playing for, as they are unlikely to know the story. It can be very easy to turn off when you have heard the same piece time and time again, but listening to something new might give you an edge with an increased chance of them wanting to hear the story.
Scenes 2 and 3 of Dear Mother allow the actor a choice of different emotions and techniques to explore.