Cassandra and Other Monologues for Girls

Author: Richard Baines, Publisher: Phoenix

A monologue. One person alone on stage.

Here are fourteen female voices. They cover a wide range. They are angry, confused and embarrassed. They are comic, pitying and strident. These are voices from modern day Australia, with a strong cross-cultural flavour.

Some of the pieces are harsh, others are lyrical, but all show problems facing today’s young people. The topics are universal: AIDS, rape, suicide, poor parenting, change, the difficulty of facing up to reality and the need for control. There is violence, there is humour. Above all, these monologues work as theatre.

Cassandra provides drama students with material that is relevant, that is complete in itself [as opposed to being sliced from a full length play] and that runs for a significant length of time, and above all, which work as theatre.


  • Introduction
  • 1 Cassandra
  • 2 The Eucalypt Tree
  • 3 Christmas Day
  • 4 Brave New World
  • 5 A Couple of Swells
  • 6 Out of Control
  • 7 Fish
  • 8 A Bat’s Cave
  • 9 The Audition
  • 10 Waiting for Hashim
  • 11 The Naming of Dirty Boy
  • 12 The Curse of Tangaroa
  • 13 Dahlia
  • 14 For God’s Sake!
More Information
Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Edition 1st
Date of Publication 2010
ISBN 9781921586323
Subject English
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