Year of the Monkey

One Year Intensive Actor Training Programme

Experience a one year programme designed to develop your skills and build your confidence as an actor

Course Details

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, returning to the industry or indeed those changing career, the Year of the Monkey programme creates a diverse, collaborative environment in which to explore what is an intensive year-long actor training programme. The course is structured to enable accessibility and experiential development across a full twelve month training cycle in acting technique, movement and voice as well as the collaborative process of theatre making. Upon completion of the programme graduates are well positioned to take their next steps within the arts, whether that be further training or stepping out into the industry as an actor or theatre maker.

The course offers numerous public performance opportunities, culminating in a season of repertory as part of the prestigious Camden Fringe.

Structured in such a way that it enables the students to work and train at the same time, this course appeals to a wide variety of individuals who create a rich tapestry of actors in training who are enriched by the diversity and varied life experiences of their peers.

Key features of the programme

  • Full 12 month course, September to August
  • 22 – 40 hours per week intensive training time, covering a wide variety of disciplines
  • Terms 1 and 2 Classes: 5-10pm, Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday and all day Saturday
  • Terms 3 and 4 Repertory rehearsal and performance season: 9am – 5 or 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • Professional preparation sessions included


Year of the Monkey alumni (2011-17) in professional employment or further training

Year of the Monkey Course Structure

Delivered over four terms, the Year of the Monkey offers an intensive, flexible route for training actors. The first two terms of training are primarily delivered during evenings and weekends for around 22.5 hours per week. Term 3 is an intensive rep rehearsal process in preparation for performance in Term 4, with a season of work at the Camden Fringe which showcases the actors in training to a public audience, supported by a team of award winning directors and creatives. These terms operate on a 30-40 hour working week, incorporating rehearsals alongside normal training classes, and are underpinned by further support and development.

Students begin with a solid grounding in actor training with a regular schedule of classes in:


  • Voice
  • Fundamental Movement
  • Stage Combat
  • Acting through Clown
  • Grotowski
  • Decroux Mime
  • African Dance
  • Neutral Mask
  • Physical Theatre
  • Actor’s Toolkit
  • Contemporary Text
  • Ensemble
  • Audition Prep
  • Puppetry
  • Professional Prep

Classes continue in the second term with:


  • Devising and Performance Season
  • Actor’s Toolkit
  • Voice
  • Shakespeare
  • Contemporary Text
  • Acting for Camera
  • Period Dance
  • Acting through Clown
  • Physical Theatre
  • Professional Prep

The company of actors return following a brief break to commence rehearsals in repertory, in preparation for their run at the Camden Fringe festival.

The Camden Fringe is the largest arts festival in London and Fourth Monkey is proud to boast an impressive reputation at the Fringe. The Fourth Monkey actor is very much in the spotlight when participating at the Fringe, allowing a closing public showcase of the actors’ work prior to completing their training.

Throughout the final term, students take part in rehearsals and tech runs preparing them for a two week repertory season where they will appear in two performances.

Learn more about Fourth Monkey’s plan for the start of the 2020 academic year this September in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and our commitment to making the health, safety and well-being of all who use our building our top priority.

The ensemble dynamic created at Fourth Monkey is amazing.Working in an intensive working environment with like-minded, driven actors like myself, and superb practitioners has been a hugely beneficial experience.

Liam Stewart-George, Fourth Monkey Alumni

I have had some truly fantastic experiences, from intense rep seasons to profound training periods; this fresh and imaginative approach to making your way in the industry has really pushed the boundaries for everyone involved.

Grant Russell, Fourth Monkey Alumni

“Never before have I had the opportunity to do as many things within the same year. A great blend; part foundation course and part rep theatre company, helped to solidify my love for the art and the need I have to take it further. The added support and tutoring I received only added to this amazing experience.”

Sam Adamson, Year of the Monkey and Two Year Rep Alumnus

COURSE FEE – £6600


Course Cost Breakdown
  • £700 – Initial non-refundable acceptance fee upon returning paperwork to secure place
  • £2200 – Payable by 1st July, prior to commencement of term in September
  • £2200 – Payable by 1st November
  • £2200 – Payable by 1st January


Auditions for 2020/21 intake have now closed. If you are interested in joining Fourth Monkey for actor training next year, please keep an eye on our website for news of our audition days for 2021/22 intake, as these will be announced later this year.  

We offer free monthly Taster Workshops to provide potential applicants with the opportunity to try our style of training and to work out whether drama school might be a good fit for them.

Led by Artistic Director Steve Green, 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 Steve about our training and future opportunities. 


If you have any questions about the Year of the Monkey Programme or are interested in applying but don’t know where to start, give us a call on 0207 281 0360 or drop us an email at