Monday, October 19, 2009

Help please!


My Drama Society is hosting auditions for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night this week, and I am considering auditioning. For our audition, we have to recite this monologue. If anyone has studied the play, any advice on how to read and perform this passage would be greatly appreciated. x



VIOLA
I left no ring with her: what means this lady?
Fortune forbid my outside have not charm'd her!
She made good view of me; indeed, so much,
That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue,
For she did speak in starts distractedly.
She loves me, sure; the cunning of her passion
Invites me in this churlish messenger.
None of my lord's ring! why, he sent her none.
I am the man: if it be so, as 'tis,
Poor lady, she were better love a dream.
Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,
Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.
How easy is it for the proper-false
In women's waxen hearts to set their forms!
Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we!
For such as we are made of, such we be.
How will this fadge? my master loves her dearly;
And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;
And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.
What will become of this? As I am man,
My state is desperate for my master's love;
As I am woman,--now alas the day!--
What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!
O time! thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie!


6 comments:

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paul haine said...

Do it in the nude.

Harry W said...

It's a comical passage where Viola realises that the woman she's meant to be wooing on behalf of the Prince has fallen in love with her. There's a fair bit of musing towards the end.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

This is my favourite Shakespeare work, but actually I don't like Viola's character that much. Anyway, Stace pretty much gives a good source.

Towards the end it's important to stress the irony. Olivia loves Cesario [Olivia in drag] and Viola in loves her 'boss' but she cannot profess this love. So she empathises with Olivia's plight.

Besty said...

Date update pls. You bunging right now?

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