The audition day starts with a general address to all applicants after which you will be allocated to a group and directed to a room for your first audition piece. You will then be asked to perform your audition speeches in front of your group and at least one East 15 tutor. Some students may be re-called after lunch for a further audition or workshop if the tutors require more information in order to make their decision.
During your audition, you may receive direction and suggestions on your performance so you should listen closely to what you are being asked to do. Please note that, through our suggestions, we are offering feedback on the work that we have seen. We do not give feedback after the event, but if you listen attentively you will gain insight and feedback during the sessions.
Candidates for all acting courses (this does not apply to BA Stage & Production Management or BA Creative Producing) must prepare two contrasting speeches from the following categories (1 speech from each):
- a Shakespearean or Jacobean play, lasting no more than one and a half minutes
- a contemporary (post 1970) play lasting no more than two minutes
Some of our courses also have additional audition/interview requirements. Please check the below list and ensure you have prepped for all of your course choices.
Before selecting your pieces for audition, read the whole play and be ready to talk about the characters and the action.
- You may be asked to improvise or translate the classical text into modern language.
- We may ask you to approach the play in a variety of new ways.
- Do not select roles that are too old for you or perform a piece which requires an accomplished accent unlike your own.
BA Acting (International)
BA Acting & Community Theatre
Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts
Please prepare a third speech from a published play, lasting no more than two minutes, that contrasts well with the contemporary (post 1970) speech. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a group activity.
BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre
Please prepare a third piece, lasting no more than two minutes, that is preferably something you have created (be it a piece of writing, music or visual art). If you require any AV equipment or props for your piece, you must bring these with you and be able to set it up and dismantle them quickly. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a group activity.
BA Acting & Stage Combat
You may be invited to take part in a physical session, during which we will be able to better assess your physical aptitude as performer. Please ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear.
BA Physical Theatre
Please prepare a third piece of self-devised physical theatre, that you feel demonstrates your skills in this area, lasting no more than two minutes. If you require any audio equipment or props for your piece, you must bring these with you and be able to set up and dismantle them quickly. Applicants may also take part in a group physical activity.
BA World Performance
You may be asked to participate in a group activity and discussion group at audition.
BA Stage & Production Management
You will be asked to attend an interview, where we will discuss your interests in the theatre, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You should bring with you (where possible) a portfolio of your work, demonstrating any previous experience in Technical Theatre. You must be successful at interview for your application to be progressed.
Students who are interested in BA Stage and Production Management and would like to find out more information before applying should email for further information regarding Open Day opportunities.
BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film)
You will be invited to attend an interview where we will ask about your interests in the Creative Industries, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You must be successful at interview to gain entry onto the course.