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- Your Audition
- Audition Format
For Acting Courses
There are new guidelines for 2020 entry, set out below:
Each applicant is asked to prepare three audition pieces.
- a contemporary monologue (from a play written post 2000)
- 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)
- a classical monologue (this can be Shakespearean/Jacobean/Elizabethan or an equivalent text that may be from cultures other than western classical text but contain elements of rhythm and poetry
Please make sure you have read the whole plays your monologues come from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.
Ensure that you:
- Prepare and learn your pieces thoroughly
- Choose pieces that are close to you in age
- Do not use props or costume
- Use only your natural accent
- Wear clothing that's easy to move in (i.e. no tight jeans/skirts etc.)
ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities throughout the day:
- Truth, focus and concentration
- Potential to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
- Openness and responsiveness to others, imagination and creativity
- Ability to take direction
For further help and advice, please see our FAQ Audition Advice Videos
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. Applicants will be considered based on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.
The day will consist of two stages.
Stage 1 all applicants will perform their two contrasting contemporary audition pieces (see Your Audition tab above).
At this point the panel will consider all applicants and decide who will progress to the next stage.
Stage 2 applicants will participate in a workshop, perform their classical monologue and finally be invited to interview.
There are opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.
Audition Day Format
This is a rough format of how a typical audition day runs.*
- 9.00 – 9.30: Arrival and Registration
- 9.30 – 10.15: Warm Up
- 10.15 – 11.15: Audition Piece One
- 11.30 – 12.30: Audition Piece Two
Stage Two (for applicants who progress onto this stage)
- 1.00 – 2.00: Workshop
- 2.00 – 3.30: Audition Piece Three
- 3.30: Interview
*Please note that the times given may vary, dependant on numbers.
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.
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