Shakespeare Monologues that got my son into drama school… (by Klingons, Teletubbies, Tom Hiddleston and two year olds)
Non-diet update: My 12 year old son is auditioning for drama school today!
(Ed. Ok, I admit it: that was January and it's taken my this long to sort the videos out - and he did get in and starts next week, yay!)
So anyway, he has (or had) to perform two monologues, one modern and one classical (before 1912).
We were tempted by this one at first, but thought the original Klingon Hamlet might be a bit too classical for the admissions tutors:
Klingon Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 1, Line 64: 'To be, or not to be'
From the premiere of Klingon Hamlet: taH Pagh taHbe', a Still Picture Production performed by Brian Rivera and directed by Amir Sharafeh.
Click to watch more of the Klingon Hamlet on YouTube, or find out more about the Klingon Hamlet from the Klingon Language Institute.
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|To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep-
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die- to sleep.
To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub!
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would these fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death-
The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns- puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.- Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia!- Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins rememb'red.
|taH pagh taHbe'. DaH mu'tlheghvam vIqelnIS.
quv'a', yabDaq San vaQ cha, pu' je SIQDI'?pagh, Seng bIQ'a'Hey SuvmeH nuHmey SuqDI',
'ej, Suvmo', rInmoHDI'? Hegh. Qong --- Qong neH ---
'ej QongDI', tIq 'oy', wa'SanID Daw''e' je
cho'nISbogh porghDaj rInmoHlaH net Har.
yIn mevbogh mIwvam'e' wIruchqangbej.
The Klingon Hamlet, p. 81
I dunno, anyone got it in Elvish?
Deciding that Hamlet was too tragic, he chose King Henry V's "Once More Unto the Breach Dear Friends" instead.
It's not easy for a twelve year old (or perhaps anyone!) to learn such a big chunk of Shakespeare, so one of the things he did was to practise it in different accents and voices: Scooby Doo, Lumpy Space Princess / Valley Girl, and my favourite: Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
Tinky Winky has been helpful with keeping him motivated to practise too:
Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1
Here's actor Ron Kagan performing his Tinky Winky Henry V live:
We all felt we could learn a lot from Tinky Winky's Shakespeare, as well as Tom Hiddleston's (the version he ended up learning most with - not to call Tom Hiddleston and Tinky Winky the same, except I'm pretty sure most of us like both of them! 🙂 )
Tom Hiddleston Performs 'Henry V' Monologue - Hoppus on Music - Fuse. Shared via Olga on YouTube.
In fact, we all learned so well, here's my two year old as Henry V today 🙂
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