We offer free school workshops
We offer schools across the UK (with or without drama departments) the opportunity to receive a free school workshop. These workshops are an opportunity for prospective students aged 17+ to experience whether Fourth Monkey is right for them.
Led by one of our alumni practitioners, the workshops are an introduction to the Fourth Monkey way of working and include two main elements: a Complicté-based element on Ensemble and a Character Building element, with an emphasis on tension states, archetypes and building characters through physicality. There will also be opportunity to chat with the practitioners about our training and future opportunities, as well as get their personal perspective on the Fourth Monkey training experience.
The workshops last for three hours and includes short breaks for notes.
These workshops are designed for students aged 17 and above and work best in groups of 14 or more. If you would like to host a workshop but do not have 14 students, we encourage you to link with a local school so that your students get the most from the experience.
- Complicité inspired bamboo exercises
- Laban tension states character work
- Character archetypes based on the actor’s movement
- Expressive physical movement tasks
- Meisner work with textual extracts (of our choice) focusing on repetition and response
- A Q&A with our practitioners where students can ask further questions about the work, influences, our work in the industry today, audition preparation and further development
WHAT OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS SAY:
‘The practitioners were excellent – energetic, inspirational and ready to answer any questions the students had honestly. It is one of the best workshops we’ve ever had, and we very much look forward to welcoming Fourth Monkey back next year.’
Jenny Cameron, Stage Door Learning
‘The Fourth Monkey workshop at our school was outstanding. It felt fresh and exciting and gave our students are real insight into training at a professional level. The Sixth Formers came away buzzing and were really inspired and keen to apply ideas they had learned to their own practical exam work. Thoroughly recommended to any schools with KS5 drama or performing arts students.’
Aimme Beasley, Sackville School
‘In Fourth Monkey we have found a very rare beast….a company that understands the need to support young aspiring theatre makers to explore ways of creating their art. Their workshops have genuinely enhanced the way we work. Thank you so very much for doing what you do.’
David Lloyd, NGYT
All we need from you is:
- a space large enough to move in
- access to a sound system
- a group of students, aged 17+
Each student who takes part in the workshop is eligible for a free audition at the Monkey House
How much does the workshop cost?
Nothing! We offer them for free as part of our outreach work.
What is the maximum number of students who can take part?
We can work with up to 40 students aged 17+.
If a student has an injury or restricted movement, can they still take part?
Of course! Please let us know in advance and we’d be happy to accommodate them.
If you and your students have now read Volume #1 of our digital toolkit, the Access to the Arts Resource Pack, followed our top tips, aced that all-important drama school audition and have been offered a place to train, you might be thinking “what’s next?”.
To help answer this question, we have launched Volume #2 of the Access to the Arts Resource Pack – an insight into student life at drama school, from the training techniques and principles used in the studio and how these new skills will be put into practice during public performances, plus some top tips to help anyone who might be living away from home for the first time when they start their drama school training.
Click the link below to check out Volume #2 – Access to the Arts Resource Pack to help prepare for the next step in the drama school training journey!