Year of the Monkey

Training on this programme encourages connections between the various disciplines, practices and activities within the field of performance and creation, with graduates well-positioned to take their next steps within the industry as fearless, playful, connected and imaginative physical artists.

Our Year of the Monkey is delivered in a diverse, collaborative environment in which to explore this unique, intensive movement-based actor training programme.

Applications: Audition Dates will be announced and Applications will open in October 2021
Course Delivery: One Year (Full-time)

Training Provider: Fourth Monkey
Location: The Monkey House, London

About the Course

Fourth Monkey’s Year of the Monkey Intensive Actor Training Programme is our original programme of study, and forms the philosophical origins at the heart of the school’s core training principles. Through a programme driven by playful exploration, movement and physical discipline, our actors-in-training rigorously explore the four Fourth Monkey training pillars of ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE.

Training on this programme encourages connections between the various disciplines, practices and activities within the field of performance and creation. The course has no academic written work, instead students “learn by doing” in a range of professional vocational classes, workshops, performance projects and public events.

Founded on the principles of ‘ensemble’, the Fourth Monkey Year of the Monkey Intensive Actor Training Programme is unique in its form and composition. The programme offers numerous performance projects both internally and externally, culminating in a season of work in repertory.

Core Modules

Classical & Contemporary Text, Acting for Camera & The Actors Toolkit

Puppetry, Playground, Performance & Devised Ensemble Projects

Laban, Le Coq, Corporeal Mime, Grotowski & Commedia

Ensemble Performance, Devising Project & Professional Preparation

Course Delivery

Our students are expected to playfully explore and openly engage in their work both as individuals and as generous members of a functioning, collaborative ensemble. Students will focus on developing specific skills and techniques, whilst using self-reflection to further their personal training journey as an actor and theatre maker.

The Year of the Monkey programme is designed to allow experiential development in acting technique, movement and voice, as well as the collaborative process of theatre making with an extensive delve into the world of the performance and original work creation while exploring storytelling in its many forms.

The Fourth Monkey ethos is world class. It was clear it was important for me to be myself.

Lucy, 2020 Alumni

Training is delivered in a nurturing environment that creates challenges and opportunities for all students to evolve as actors and theatre makers who are also connected, fearless and imaginative artists equipped to thrive in an ever-changing and competitive industry.

The course is structured to enable accessibility, so students are able work and train at the same time, aiding those who wish to transition from another career or educational setting within a professional training experiential and vocational structure.

Contemporary Actors & Theatre Makers

Through individual tuition and mentorship, the core Fourth Monkey team ensure students are supported in finding individually tailored, suitable industry progression upon completion of their training.

Our training has always been focused towards giving students the skills to forge sustainable careers in the arts and to create original work alongside the traditional routes. The vast majority of our alumni have successfully gained agent representation when they finish their training with us.

A large number of former Fourth Monkey students have carved out career paths for themselves as theatre makers and collaborators. A significant proportion of these established their own theatre companies; creating and producing their own solo projects reaching national and international audiences across a wide range of media.

Entry Requirements

Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone at audition who applies to train with us. Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer requirements and processes can be found on our Auditions Page.

Admission onto the Year of the Monkey is by Audition.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.
  • Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential.
  • Applicants are assessed at audition solely on merit.

If you have any questions regarding Entry Requirements, please do get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team.

Fees & Funding

  Tuition Fees


  Additional Costs
  Fourth Monkey Uniform £60+
  KneePads £5+
  Padlock (Coded) £5+

Students on the Year of the Monkey programme are able to pay for their training with a payment plan.

There are also various funding avenues open to students to pay for this private course which are outlined on our Funding page.

EU & International Students

Fourth Monkey are a diverse school who have welcomed students from all over the world supporting them throughout their vocational training journey with us creating industry ready professional actors and theatre makers.

Student Visa

Following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU unfortunately ended on 31 December 2020. EU citizens may now require a visa for studying in the UK. This does not apply to Irish nationals, or anyone who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

If you have already completed an application under the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you do not require a visa. Prior to formal offer for a place to study you will be required to confirm settled or pre-settled status.

If you do not have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you can apply before 30 June 2021 under the EU Settlement Scheme and are eligible for the scheme if you lived in the UK or arrived before the end of the transition period.

We regret that this course is not currently available to EU or International applicants who would require a Student Route Visa.

English Language Requirements

Applicants should have excellent conversational English and be able to understand a variety of texts. As with UK applicants, our audition panel will be assessing how you deliver your speeches and interact with the panel at interview.

Fees & Funding

As part of our commitment to Accessibility, Fourth Monkey do not charge increased tuition fees to International Students.

We recommend contacting the Department of Education in your home country for details of any government funding or scholarships which may be available to you for overseas study.

Resources for International Students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a helpful resource to find information and advice for international students, including Brexit, immigration, funding, fees and wellbeing.

Any EU or International applicants who have questions regarding applying and studying with Fourth Monkey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Admissions Team who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Course Assessment

In keeping with the nature of the learning on this course, the majority of assessments are practical and adjudicated. Students are assessed individually through solo or ensemble performances and practical tasks, with marks given accordingly against the personal demonstration of the skills being assessed.

Ongoing individual holistic and developmental support from the Training Team is central to the Fourth Monkey training philosophy, with students receiving opportunities for self-reflection and self-care alongside constructive feedback and pastoral support throughout their training.

All Fourth Monkey students are also required at all times to maintain high levels of professional conduct regarding attendance, promptness and preparation which is expected and compulsory.

The Monkey House

The Monkey House, our home and training base, in Islington, North London is where the Year of the Monkey course is delivered.

You can explore our modern fit-for-purpose training spaces and bustling creative hub with our virtual 360 tour of the Monkey House.

Our Training Ethos

We believe strongly in the power of the group dynamic, the ensemble and ‘play’ in our training. We develop open-minded performers and shape individuals who are not driven by the pursuit of the spotlight, but by the desire to deliver bold, visceral and collaborative work as an actor and theatre maker.

Theatre and acting is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an ensemble atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.

I loved it, found myself as an artist and person, honestly I’ve changed so much and I can’t stress how important that was for me.

Simrita, 2020 Alumni

Fourth Monkey are dedicated to creating a learning environment which embeds inclusive excellence into all aspects of our work. We are actively against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of our staff, students and participants regardless of; age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, health or disability, socio-economic background or religion.

We want students to thrive and excel during their time with us. We are committed to removing potential barriers, offering tailored support and making reasonable adjustments to our professional vocational training, based on individual need.