Winter 2023 – Drama

‘The set is meant to look like a PATH IN THE WOODS, very gothic and dismal.’

And with that, I was hooked. ‘Donkey Skin: A Monologue’ by Carly Chandler was a fantastical monologue from the point of view of ‘Donkey Skin’, a young woman running away from home in the dead of night. She stops to take a break and tells the audience, or whatever may be watching her, why she left – what caused her to flee to the woods.

What captivated me about this piece was the setting – the two paragraph stage directions before we reach Donkey Skin’s first lines. Every aspect of a script is vital for a performance. The strength of this one lies within its use of set and stage directions to evoke the atmosphere. While you miss what is written in the stage descriptions while watching a show, they can be a goldmine for readers seeking to discover information about the setting, the vision, and the characters.

Chandler presents us with a very gothic and dismal set that is to look like a path in the woods; exciting music indicates fast-paced action and the wood is alive with the sounds of nocturnal creatures. Then, a young woman runs onstage, ‘very much trying to look like she’s nobody important.’

The ‘gothic and dismal’ setting, combined with the extensive description, and Donkey Skin’s dialogue, make for a wonderful read. I could not help but try to picture how I might create the set, the costumes, and the soundscapes myself if I was a director.

This piece was gorgeously written – from the dialogue to the stage directions to the set. It was incredibly vivid and would make a wonderfully stunning visual experience for an audience to see – not to mention an interesting set to design.

Carly Chandler has created a dark and fantastical monologue emphasizing the potential for the set design to play a vital part in its performance. 

Lara Morgan, Drama Editor

If you would like to read/ see this work in full, you can subscribe here. Our magazine is available in PDF and paperback format. Click here to find out more.

This blog post, along with many others, is also available to read on our Medium channel.

If you don’t follow us on social media already, you can find us on the following platforms:





You can also listen to our seasonal issue inspired playlists on our Spotify channel.

Photo by Rudolf Jakkel:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.