- Your Audition
- Audition Format
Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one from a contemporary and one from a Shakespeare or Jacobean play.
Please make sure you have read the whole play your monologue comes from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.
Ensure that you:
- Prepare & Learn your monologue pieces
- Choose monologue pieces that match your age
- Do not use props or costume in your monologues
- Use only your natural accent in your monologues
- Avoid directing your monologues at the panel
- Wear suitable clothing allowing free movement throughout the day
(which allows tutors to assess posture and movement)
ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities:
- Truth, focus and concentration
- Ability to take direction
- Ability to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
- Openness and responsiveness to others imagination and creativity
- Evidence of stamina and co-ordination
ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback.
ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:
- Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
- Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach Venues
- Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
- Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
- Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
- Collaborative Partnerships
Audition Days (All Acting Courses)
Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day and tests applicants on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.
Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one contemporary and one Shakespeare or Jacobean play. This forms Stage 1 of ALRA’s audition process.
If the applicant is successful in passing Stage 1, they are then asked to participate in a movement and improvisation workshop, undertake a Text and Vocal assessment workshop and will then finally be invited to Interview.
The audition process is designed to assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development, offering you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options, with opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.
ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.
The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.
Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA.
Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.
There is a non-refundable £45 audition fee for all applicants to ALRA's Three Year Acting, Postgraduate Acting, or Foundation Acting courses. Eligible candidates can be assessed for all courses at the same audition. Please indicate which course(s) you wish to be considered for during your application.
All candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards, taking into account their financial circumstances.
The audition panel makes the final decision regarding entry to ALRA. We aim to notify you of the outcome of your audition within one week. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from, the Acting Course. ALRA is unable to audition any applicant more than once in any given year.
ALRA accepts students, regardless of all other considerations, who demonstrate excellence at audition, a desire to study and show the potential to complete the appropriate course of study at interview. ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback. The audition policy is supported by the Equal Opportunities Policy and nothing in either policy can be deemed to override the considerations of the other.
Following your audition, you will either receive a firm offer of a place, be placed on a waiting list, or be rejected. Click here to learn more.
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