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Listen – soldier’s monologue about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

monologue about post traumatic stress disorder


A monologue from a soldier who used to fight in the Middle East for the British army. He’s returned from war, with the memories of the people he watched die right in the war.  Bodies he had to put together and bury in mass graves. Ordinary people who had families.

Whenever he closes his eyes, all he can see is their faces, disintegrating in front of him as the bomb hits. The only the thing that drowns the pain is booze. He knows he’s killing himself drinking so much. But it’s the only thing that stops him thinking about it in this monologue about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A British monologue but one that could be adapted by actors in other countries.

Read about British playwright Matt Fox. Other dramatic monologues by Matt – Lady Killers – monologues by women who kill.

Author: Matt Fox

Genre: Drama, monologue about post traumatic stress disorder

Type: Ten minute plays – monologue

Cast: 1M

Age of the actor: Middle aged to older

Suitable for: Teens up – graphic descriptions could affect younger kids

Set: Black box set – possibly chair on a stage

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – holding the audience’s attention

Read a Sample of the Script

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Copyright © October 2017 Matt Fox and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other monologues you may enjoy:

After the Pyre – male monologue – when your life falls apart and you’re left to pick up the pieces, who do you blame?
Finding my Root – South African monologue about rape and trauma
The Any Key – monologues for men and about life in the big city

Lady killers – four monologues by women who kill

monologues by women


In this set of four monologues by women who kill, the author allows us to meet four female killers or murderers, each who kills or has killed for different reasons – for one, it’s a job, the second for revenge and the third, to save her children from a lifetime of potential pain. The last is a girl who is simply tired of women being seen as the weaker sex. It is traditionally men who are seen as the harsher sex in modern society and thus it is with fascination that people view female killers, almost as women who are going against the grain of being female, as it were. But, as the monologues point out, women, like men are just as different from each other and their motivations, remain human. But not always pure….

These monologues as as amazing as they are disturbing – a view into the psyche of the female killer.

PLEASE NOTE: Lady Killers was written as a set of 3 monologues, with the author making the fourth monologue available as an addendum to the script, tagged at the end of it. 


North Hawaii Players, Hawaii, USA – 2018
Chapel Hill Thespians, NC, USA – 2019
Grupo Teatro de Barro, San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL, Mexico – 2019
Boston University Stage Troupe, MA, USA, 2021
Boca Prep International School, FL, USA – 2021

Read about British playwright Matt Fox. Read other plays – a fun filled musical (Madrababes) by Matt Fox.

Author: Matt Fox

Genre: Dramatic monologues

Type: Monologues by women

Length: Each monologue is about 4 – 5 minutes long except American girl, which is  7-8 minutes long. 

Suitable for: PG 16

Ages of the actors: Teens up to to fifties, depending on the monologue

Set: Simple sets – a podium, a child’s bed, a table and chair

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – because of the single actor and simple set, the focus is carried entirely by the words.

Read a Sample of the Script – monologue 49 (The assassin)

Read a Sample of the Script – monologue 150 (Death row)

Read a Sample of the Script – monologue 3 (The mother)

Read a Sample of the Script – monologue 21 (The American girl)

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Cost is $11.00 for this set of four monologues in digital format.  Just click Shakespeare!

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Lady Killers

Copyright © May 2016 Matt Fox and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other monologues for you to enjoy:

Finding my Root – a South African monologue as a one act play
Gray Matters – funny monologue about the guy who runs your brain
The Any Key – dramatic male monologue

One act play – award winning one act plays

one act drama


One act play won the Lace Market New Writing Competition in Nottingham UK (2014)

We are greeted by a middle aged couple in bed, roused from their slumber by Dvorak’s New World symphony, synonymously paired with Hovis to us Brits, bedecked in nightcaps that even Mrs Bennet would shy away from. Broad Yorkshire accents start the piece right from the off, each character’s monologues displaying to the audience their ideas of culture. The woman describes Les Miserables and the benefits of beards, the man speaks of the latest production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The stereotypical Northernisms continue with talk of whippets, flat caps and pipes, peppered with ‘by gums’ and ‘by ‘ecks’. That is until one of the characters shatters the fourth wall by pointing out the audience sitting in front of them. Thus the play starts to descend into unfamiliar territory. The characters discuss the existence of their creator, i.e the playwright himself. Growing ever more bold in their gestures towards their maker they dare to dream of a world outside the bed they woke up in. Even their dreams are clichés, dropped into their head by the writer, with talk of a house in the mountains by babbling brooks.

The dialogue descends into a sort of stream of consciousness ramble we might find in Joyce, about how they have come to exist and the basic differences between masculinity and femininity. This mirrors one of the woman’s first remarks at the beginning when she says that only a man could have created such a cruel existence. Here is when the play reaches its climax, a cruel twist at the end proves the woman right when they come to escape…

Author: Matt Fox

Genre: One act comedy-drama

Type: Award winning one act plays

Cast: Two: 1M 1F

Ages of the actors: Adult (middle aged)

Length: 30 minutes

Set: A couple in a bed with fake legs (pillows)

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – engaging the audience and keeping their attention in this dialogue driver play

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $10 for this award winning one act play

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Copyright © December 2014 Matt Fox and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Madrababes – fun filled one act musicals




one act musicals

A fun filled one act musical for six actors,  3F and, er, 2 other F dressed up as men and at least one real man  with a real beard. Madrababes was staged in June 2013 in Swindon, as part of  Madam Renards Mini Fringe to great reviews!


‘One of the main words that popped into my head when I first started watching Madrababes was ‘fun.’ A one act musical made up entirely of madrigals, a form of early music pop music. Please be advised to leave your serious hats at the door for an hour of entertaining quips and silliness, a story of 6 friends finding love through jokes and song. We meet John and Tom, two stylish elegant ‘men’ lamenting their lack of luck with their lady friends Phyllis and Philomela, could it possibly be because they are far more worried about what they’re wearing than displays of manliness?

The ladies are equally lamenting about the lack of decent men in the area when in walks Amyntas, a tall man with a real, not drawn on, beard and a deep voice. Naturally fighting ensues and much harmonised singing. ‘

by Abby Sparrow

Read more about playwright Matt Fox.

Authors: Matt Fox and Jessie Thompson

Genre: One act musicals

Type: One act musicals

Length: Forty minutes

Cast: 6 actors, 5F 1M

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Simple stage – suitable for a smaller stage in little theatres or pub theatre type stages but adaptable to the bigger stage as well.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – all performers should be able to sing in harmony from sheet music.

Read a Sample of the script

Read a sample of the sheet music for one of the songs, Whither Away

Cost is $7 for the digital script of this  successfully produced stage play

Cost is $7 for the sheet music for the show

Contact Off the Wall Plays with any queries about Madrababes

© September 2014 Matt Fox and Jessie Thompson Off The Wall Play Publishers

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