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, workshop and/or interview 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.
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 paraphrase the classical text into modern language.
- We may ask you to approach the play in a variety of new ways.
- Be wary of selecting roles that are too removed from your playing age - you will want to find a character that you can connect with, relate to and understand. Your focus should be on inhabiting a character and presenting a speech.
- Be wary of choosing comical speeches that play more like a stand-up act. Comedy is fine, but it should be rooted in character and situation.
- Be wary of choosing a speech that requires an "accomplished" accent unlike your own - you will want to focus on the actions and thoughts within the speech, not presenting and accent.
Please note that we will not advise you on your choice of character or speech, this selection is a personal decision and is part of the audition process.
Part one of the audition: Applicable to 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 play by Shakespeare or another Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright, lasting no more than one and a half minutes.
- A contemporary (post 1990) play lasting no more than one and a half minutes.
Part two of the audition: You may be called back on the afternoon to provide a further piece or attend an interview/workshop for any of your course choices so you should be prepared for ALL outcomes. Please check the below list and ensure you have prepped for all of your course choices.
BA Acting (International)
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 1990) speech. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a group activity.
BA Acting & Community Theatre
Please prepare a third speech from a published play or a piece you have devised or written yourself, lasting no more than two minutes.
BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre
Please prepare a third piece, lasting no more than three minutes, that is something you have created (be it a piece of writing, music, dance, poetry, film 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 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.