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The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe - Monologues, Drama

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

Elton Townend Jones

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Monologues, Drama


ISBN: 9780573132032

“Do you know anything about me? The real me? Before her”

She was the most famous movie star in the world, famous for all the wrong reasons: her image, her sex appeal, her frailties and failings; for her love affairs, her lateness on set and her drug dependency. For decades the sensation surrounding her death has eclipsed the sensation of her life. But no one knows what events led up to that fateful night in August 1962 when Marilyn was only 36 years old.Until now.

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90 minutes

Time Period - 1960s



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The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, recognises and investigates the truth behind the make-up to reveal a Marilyn never before seen: alone in only her dressing gown; no glitz, no glamour, no masks. Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon drifts back through her life and the memories of those she loved the most. Revealing a frustrated intelligence, she exposes the truth behind her legend, leading us, in real time, to the centre of her psyche, the truth of her being, and the moment of her demise.




Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Kylie Gepp 14/03/2016 02:10
This is my exact review from Goodreads

Wow. What an amazing piece of writing and artistry. From the outset you are brought into Marilyn's world. The woman, not the movie star. Just a poor broken girl, thrust into the spotlight, desperately looking for love and acceptance.

The play is set in the final hour before her death. Just Marilyn and the audience. She tells the story of her life in backwards order. Going right back to her painful childhood. You watch her discover herself through her seeming ramblings. As she tells the audience the deepest details of her life, she takes the pills that end it all.

A fictional yet deeply moving look at the woman who was Marilyn Monroe.
Gail Haythorpe 19/02/2016 13:37
It's  always really difficult to find a monologue for female A Level Drama students, this play helps to fill the void. Elton Townend Jones provides an intelligent, interpretation of Marilyn's last hours. This play gives a different view point of Marilyn (long overdue); she is finally given a voice.
A play that is remarkable; it considers the person behind the 'mask' and gives an insight not only into her last hours but also the years that made Norma Jean transform into the icon we know as Marilyn.

John Guilor 19/02/2016 05:02
A fascinating and beautifully constructed tip-toe back through Marilyn's past.  Sparkling dialogue that really does come across as the genuine article, it's all there from the fragility of Monroe's childhood to the darker corners of her *current* psyche.  Truly fascinating and definitely remarkable!

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