The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

 

Having been through a period of intense curriculum development re-considering the way in which we train our actors, ALRA has decided to create a network to support the training industry by hosting and curating networking events focusing on actor movement and actor voice.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement (NCVM) is a creative network for skills tutors and theatre-makers based in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland. The North of England, Scotland and Ireland offer excellent actor training programmes which are taught by highly experienced, international teachers. The NCVM, based at ALRA North, will draw upon these connections to develop a creative network that will benefit practitioners and alumni of Conservatoires across these platforms.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement is an organisation that will offer continuous professional development workshops to enhance the skills of voice, movement and theatre practitioners with international practitioners and researchers. The centre will act as a space to share information, develop best-practise and connect to others working in voice and movement within the arts, with a particular focus on actor training and performance.

Over the next 12 months, ALRA North will focus on creating a board structure that will govern the activity of the Centre and support the development of the network’s vision around CPD, Scholarship, Research and Performance opportunities. As ALRA continues to expand its postgraduate provision we hope to make use of members of the network to facilitate opportunities for formal and informal learning within the voice and movement sector.

Aims

The NCVM aims to enhance the teaching of acting in the North of England and beyond through the investment in actor voice and movement practitioners. NCVM will be dedicated to supporting practitioners from all backgrounds and experiences, widening the exposure of young people to movement and voice activities as well as those with social or financial barriers. We will aim to build strong relationships with significant partners throughout the UK and internationally capitalising on ALRA’s reputation for encouraging diversity in the participation of conservatoire training.

Partnerships

NCVM is proud to be working with the full support of the International Network for Voice.

Events

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Discounts

These workshops are open to anyone who has an interest in the work and if you would like to attend either of these sessions, but you are unable to meet the full cost of the fees for any reason, then please contact Gary Horner to discuss further.

Accessibility

If you have any questions or accessibility needs then please contact Gary Horner to discuss in more detail.

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ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

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  • Next Interview / Audition Dates

  • Audition Guidelines

    Auditions Guidelines

    For information on Free Auditions please see this page.

    • 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

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

    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.*

    Stage 1

    • 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. 

    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 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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