Here are two monologues for young actors aged 12 - 18 years, plus suggestions for other audition pieces that would work well and provide a challenge for teenage performers. Where possible I have included a link to the play that the extract was taken from. In the case of some adaptations the play script is not available, so I have included a link to the original book instead. It’s essential that any auditionees read the whole play, or the whole book, before working on their audition piece. Knowing the whole of the text will give young actors a much stronger sense of their character, the context of the speech, and their place within the story.   

These monologues have been taken from Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds by Jean Marlow, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, ISBN 978-0-7136-8772-9 and Audition Speeches for Young Actors 16+ by Jean Marlow, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, ISBN 978-0-7136-7889-5.

Stand alone monologues for exam practice, festivals, drama lessons and performances can be found in The Monologue Pack, suitable for teenage and young adult actors.

Other books containing audition speeches are also available.

Suggested alternatives for this age group:

LUCY from Invisible Friends by Alan Ayckbourn

NATHAN from Little Sweet Thing by Roy Williams

GEMMA from Junk by Melvin Burgess (adapted by John Retallack)

OGGY MOXON from Teechers by John Godber


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Puck tells Oberon that Titania has fallen in love with an actor wearing an ass's head...


The Rivals

A monologue from The Rivals by Sheridan in which Lucy advises all girls of ‘her station’ to put on a mask of ‘silliness’, and recounts the inventory of the profits made by her ‘simplicity’.


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