Taking place over the course of a full day, our auditions are designed to work with applicants on their performance of text, their vocal and physical suitability, plus their individual drive to train professionally, as well as adhere to the rigours of professional actor training. It is also designed to give each applicant equal opportunity to ensure that Fourth Monkey will offer the most suitable approach to training for them.
The audition experience itself begins with a full ensemble warm-up and workshop, followed by a selection of physical workshops and exercises to give everyone a chance to familiarise themselves with our approach to actor training.
Applicants will then perform their chosen monologues to the panel and re-work at least one of their chosen speeches, working one-on-one with the panel member. This is intended to enable us to play with the speech and to further explore the choices an applicant has made, as well as give an insight into who they are as an actor and performer.
Each applicant will then have a one-on-one interview with a member of the audition panel, discuss their application and have an opportunity to ask any questions about the training and school.
There will also be a tour of the Monkey House, plenty of opportunities to speak with Alumni or students as well as a Q&A session to ask any questions that you may have about Fourth Monkey’s core training ethos, approach to drama school and actor training, and the overall student experience.
Fourth Monkey audition days have been designed to ensure that all applicants have the same experience and opportunities to see and be seen, regardless of the audition format or location. Fourth Monkey auditions are designed to reflect our training and company ethos, celebrating the individual whilst fostering a sense of collaborative growth and development. We aim to create a relaxed and informal environment so everyone can explore and celebrate their true potential.
A typical audition day begins promptly at 09:30, and normally ends by 18:00. All auditions are conducted by Fourth Monkey’s Artistic Director, Steve Green, and Director of Training Charleen Qwaye, alongside a panel of specialist practitioners who teach the core modules on our courses.
All applicants are asked to prepare and perform two short audition speeches, each lasting no longer than two minutes:
- One Classical speech (Shakespeare or similar Elizabethan-era writer)
- One Contemporary speech
Please note: applicants for MA Collaborative Theatre are additionally asked to provide a short portfolio piece or presentation (maximum 3 minutes) plus examples of their previous performance, creative and theatre making experience when submitting their application.
Portfolio submissions should imaginatively showcase each applicant’s creative process, professional experience and engagement with their chosen medium, materials, or discipline. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their submission and the inspiration behind it during their one-on-one audition and interview with our panel.
Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of movement, prepare any questions they might have for our panel and alumni hosts, and be sure to have a bottle of water to hand to keep you hydrated as you act, make, move and collaborate!
Most importantly, applicants should come with an open-mind and be ready to be bold and play, both as an individual and as part of an ensemble.
We look forward to welcoming you to a Fourth Monkey audition very soon!
Be Bold & Play, it’s the Fourth Monkey way!
Fourth Monkey applicants are only assessed on individual merit at audition, focusing on their potential as an actor and theatre maker. Within this framework, all applicants are assessed on the following qualities and abilities:
- Ability to take direction
- Understanding of text and use of emotion
- Truth & Focus
- Expression of thought and feeling through movement and voice
- Openness to others’ imagination and creativity
- Communication, generosity and collaborative skills
- Creativity, boldness and playfulness
During the audition process, certain expected professional practices are upheld, such as; attendance, promptness, etiquette and appropriate kit. So make sure that you are on time and ready to go!
- Ensure that you have read the whole play each of your chosen monologues comes from
- Use only your natural accent – we celebrate you and your individuality at Fourth Monkey
- Feel free to perform your piece how you wish, including to the audition panel
Our audition day goal is to allow those auditioning to genuinely ‘see and be seen’.
A Fourth Monkey student is someone who demonstrates potential, drive and a passion for learning and play. They are invested and exciting, with the potential to grow and benefit from our training. A successful candidate is not defined by what they are ‘unable to do’ but what they have the potential to do. Our training see’s beyond the traditional Drama School lens, and finds interest and curiosity in those applicants who don’t conform to traditional expectations.
Fourth Monkey take considered and balanced risks on potential, but always on those who demonstrate the drive and passion to succeed and a connection to the training we offer. They can often be actors and makers or movers and actors; any combination of performer, if invested and presenting the right attitude and aptitude to train – the person can override the perceived talent and show they are a fit for Fourth Monkey.