The only undergraduate courses that do not require an audition are BA Stage & Production Management and BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film). Applicants to all other courses are expected to audition in person or, for overseas applicants only, submit online materials
Auditions days and interviews generally take place at the campus where your first choice course is based and run from December through to May. 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 two East 15 tutors. Some students may be re-called after lunch for a further audition or workshop.
You may receive direction and suggestions during the audition so you should listen closely to what you are being asked to do. You will also generally receive feedback during your audition – we do not give feedback after the event, only on the day
Our audition process is very thorough, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. The audition lasts from four to six hours and includes opportunities to ask questions and engage with staff and current students
Candidates for all acting courses (this does not apply to BA Stage & Production Management or BA Creative Producing) must prepare two contrasting speeches from:
- 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
For some of our courses, we also have additional audition/interview requirements and you should make sure that you have checked the requirements for all your course choices.
BA Acting, BA Acting (International), BA Acting and Community Theatre, Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts
Please prepare a third speech, lasting no more than two minutes, that contrasts well with the contemporary (post 1970) speech. Applicants may also take part in a group workshop.
BA Acting and 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 take part in a group workshop.
BA Acting and Stage Combat, BA Physical Theatre
You may be asked to participate in a physical activity in which your fitness and agility will be assessed.
BA World Performance
You may be asked to participate in a workshop and discussion group.
BA Stage and Production Management
You are asked to attend an interview and technical aptitude workshop with members of our staff involved in technical theatre tuition. We ask you about your interests in theatre, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You should bring with you a portfolio of your work, demonstrating your experience in technical theatre and prepare a task which will be discussed.
BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)
You must be successful at interview. We ask you about your interests in the Creative Industries, relevant experience and reasons for applying.
If you live outside the UK, and cannot attend a UK or overseas audition, you may submit an online audition via YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform.
Please note that all applicants will need to submit a direct application form on which they can request their choice of audition country from the available list or add in their link for an online audition. Applicants submitting an online audition will also need to pay the £55 audition fee
All online audition materials must be performed in English and include the following:
- One speech from a Shakespearean or Jacobean play lasting not more than one and a half minutes
- One speech from a contemporary (post 1970) play lasting no more than two minutes
- If applicable for the courses you are applying for, a futher speech as per the instructions above. Applicants for BA Acting & Stage Combat and/or BA Physical Theatre should include a 2 minute physical/combat theatre piece that shows off their skills in these areas. The applicant looking directly at the camera and, without notes or a script, talking about themselves, their family, their school, their life and why they want to enter theatre, film, TV or radio.
We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube, Vimeo or file sharing sites such as Dropbox. You will have the opportunity to provide the web address (URL) for this material within the online application form.