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Drama School Auditions: ALRA's Auditions Guidelines

 

ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and Interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

Acting Courses

Stage 1

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have implemented an alternative audition route this year. You will need to perform and record two speeches, upload them to your own YouTube or Vimeo account and have the links ready to provide in the application.

Speeches

Speech 1: A contemporary monologue (from a play written post-2000)

Speech 2: A piece of poetry OR spoken word OR a second contemporary monologue (this piece should be contrasting from your first and can, but does not have to be, self-written)

We ask that speeches are:

  • No longer than 2 minutes in length (each)
  • Prepared and learnt thoroughly
  • Close to you in age
  • In your own voice
  • Without costume or props

Please note that for your Stage 1 audition, we do not require a classical speech. This is a requirement for applicants who are successful and invited to attend Stage 2.

Self-Taping

  • At the beginning of your video, state the name of the piece and character
  • We want to see exactly what you would have presented to us live in the audition room. We are not looking for a 'camera performance’
  • Film your videos landscape
  • Make sure that you are in a well-lit spacewith a plain background so that we can see you clearly
  • Your smartphone is perfect for filming - you do not need any professional equipment
  • Frame your videos waist up
    video frame size
  • Self-tape videos are submitted via a YouTube or Vimeo link. You can present both of your speeches in one self-tape or have a separate link for each
  • Upload your self-tape(s) to your own YouTube or Vimeo account. You may wish to make them ‘unlisted’ or password protected
  • Make note of your link(s) for the application

After completing the application, your self-tapes will be reviewed by our audition panel and you will be notified within four weeks of your Stage 1 audition outcome. If you have any questions regarding the audition process, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on admissions@alra.co.uk.

Application deadline: 1st March 2021

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Stage 2

For applicants who are successful in Stage 1 auditions, Stage 2 will consist of:

  • Preparation and performance of a classical monologue (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent that may be from non-Western culture classical texts but contain elements of rhythm and poetry)
  • Redirection of a speech
  • Participation in a workshop
  • An interview

Application Fees

Stage 1: £5 application fee

Stage 2: £30 audition fee

ALRA is determined to support low income families, looked after and previously looked after applicants by offering free auditions. For information about eligibility please see this page.

Audition Results

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 Head of Admissions.

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.

 

MA Directing

Applicants for the MA Directing course must fill in an application form. On the application you will need to provide 500 words on your interest and experience in directing/theatre and your CV. You will then be contacted to participate in an online meeting which will include a directing task and an interview.

The directing task will be explained prior to the meeting date and is designed to explore communication as well as investigate the applicant’s artistic concept. This task will be presented, then artistic rationale of the task will be discussed with the Course Leader and other senior members of faculty.

At interview, applicants will demonstrate sufficient potential to develop their personal creative process within the field of directing. The applicant will discuss their reasons for wanting to take the course and their experience which demonstrates aspects of the relevant work.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Admissions Team on admissions@alra.co.uk.

Application deadline: 31st May 2021

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MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)

Applicants for the MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts) course must fill in an application form. They will then be contacted to participate in an online audition and interview. Here, they will present the following:

  • A classical speech (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent that may be from non-Western culture classical texts but contain elements of rhythm and poetry)
  • A contemporary speech (2-3 minutes). This speech should either be selected from a play or a real life political speech.
  • A song (unaccompanied verse and chorus of any chosen song)

Afterwards, applicants will be invited to interview.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Admissions Team on admissions@alra.co.uk.

Application deadline: 31st May 2021

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