Paper Cuts: Comedic and satirical monologues for audition or performance

By Kirsty Budding

Paperback: $20.00 + p&h

Paper Cuts offers thirty-six contemporary, character-driven monologues for actors aged eighteen to eighty.

Ranging from one to seven minutes, Budding presents a vivid collection of characters both familiar and fanciful. From biting satire to the bizarre and quirky, each monologue is a fresh and insightful glimpse into relationships, work, politics, religion, growing old, and other idiosyncrasies of modern life.

Paper Cuts is the perfect weapon to unleash on your next audition or showcase.

Release: December 2017
ISBN: 9780648219804
112 pp. pbk
Category: Drama and performance

"My favourite thing about Paper Cuts was the diversity of voices it puts on show. It elevates some narratives that aren’t widely heard from. Particularly of note is the engaging way in which middle-aged and elderly people’s stories are told.

The writing is strong and always disconcertingly observant: a modern-day Jane Austen tells the room, ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young lady wondering whether to break up with her boyfriend, will Google it’. (First uni romances: I see you.)

The last vignette, Things I Hate, is pure observation: a man reads a list of things he hates, and what could be a cloying or boring scene is instead a fiendishly accurate list of our pet peeves, kicking off with, ‘I hate when you’re in a car park and you think you see a car spot, but it turns out there’s a small car there’. "
Dora Gillett in OutInCanberra (read full review)

Kirsty Budding

Kirsty Budding lives and works in Canberra as a theatre producer and teacher. A graduate of the Australian National University, Kirsty was selected to attend the 2014 Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio for Australia’s top 20 playwrights under 25. In 2015 she was a playwright in the Fresh Ink program in Adelaide.

Kirsty has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); and the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016). More recently, Kirsty was a semi-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles.

Kirsty has previously had work published in The Voices Project: The Encore Edition anthology by Currency Press, Sydney. For updates on her work, head to