Our audition process takes place over two rounds. The first part of our audition requires you to deliver two audition speeches of your own choosing, (one classical and one contemporary) to our panel, an optional song and an informal interview. Following this our recall session is an extensive ensemble based session whereby the panel will work with you in a variety of guises and disciplines, after which point we make decisions based on the observations made and offers for places on our training courses.
At Fourth Monkey our actor training very much focuses on the individual whilst also building an ensemble that reflects our company ethos and fostering a sense of collaborative growth and development. With this in mind we don’t treat auditions like a conveyer belt, we want to get to know the individual in an informal and relaxed environment which allows you to be the best you can be. You are the foundation upon which we wish to build…we don’t want to break you!
Our non-refundable audition fee is £25, payable through paypal via our Audition Form below or through sending a cheque to our company address made payable to Fourth Monkey Theatre Company to accompany your online application.
Fourth Monkey Training at a Glance.
Year of the Monkey
An experiential full-time actor training course, with structured training of between 22-40 hours per week. Flexibly designed across four terms and a full twelve months the Fourth Monkey Year of the Monkey one year programme is structured in such a way that it enables the company member to work and train at the same time, as such the course appeals to a wide variety of individuals. These individuals create a rich tapestry of actors in training, enriching the learning of all through their diversity and varied life experiences.
London Repertory season – Rep season at the Edinburgh Festival – Voice – Neutral Mask – Fundamental Movement – Acting through Clown – Red Nose – Circus – Grotowski – Corporeal Mime – African Dance – Puppetry – Physical Theatre – Physical Storytelling – Ensemble – Audition Prep – Professional Prep – Industry Q & A’s – Yoga
Fees and Finance
£6200 (plus an initial £700 acceptance fee) all inclusive paid as follows:
An inital £700 non-refundable acceptance fee upon returning paperwork to secure place
£2200 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September
£2000 by 1st November
£2000 by 1st January
Fees include ALL travel and accommodation costs for the Edinburgh Fringe
Two Year Rep
Founded in the principles of ensemble and a simple belief in learning through the process of ‘doing,’ we train our actors for the modern world of professional performance. Training for 40 hours a week, 11 months of the year our Two-Year Rep delivers the most diverse and intensive training imaginable for the actor. Fundamentally three years training in two, the intensive course incorporates a month in Italy in the first year and a similar period of time at the Edinburgh Fringe in year two of the course. The Two-Year Rep offers a toolkit of experiences and opportunities unparalleled in contemporary training.
Residential Commedia dell’Arte course in Italy - Voice – Singing – Stage Combat – Puppetry - Devising Original Theatre - Shakespeare and Elizabethan text - Contemporary Theatre Styles – Brechtian Practice - Meisner Technique - Fundamental Movement- Movement – Period Dance – Physical Theatre – Laban – European Theatre – Contextual Studies - Circus – Complicite workshops – Told by an Idiot workshops – Tumbling and Acrobatics – Clown – Mask- Solo Performance – Ensemble – Yoga – Fourth Monkey Experimental Fringe of Devised Work – Professional Prep – London Showcase – Funding and Theatre Production Masterclasses – Agent, Casting Director and Industry Workshops as well as four production seasons delivered in repertory, culminating at the Edinburgh Festival at the end of the second year of training.
Fees and Finance
£9000 per year (plus an initial £700 acceptance fee) all inclusive paid as follows:
An inital £700 acceptance fee (non-refundable), upon returning paperwork to secure place
£3000 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September Year 1 & Year 2
£3000 by 1st December Year 1 & 2
£3000 by 1st March Year 1 & 2
Fees include ALL travel and accommodation costs for both Italy and the Edinburgh Fringe
Fees and Funding
Fourth Monkey believes that actor training should be for everyone. As such we make every effort to ensure our fees are kept as low as possible, and as outlined in these pages all aspects of the training described above are included within the listed cost. We also adopt an accelerated learning approach to our programmes with our four term academic years. We do this with a view of both reducing the financial implication of training for up to three years, and to ensure we deliver a full programme of training; a training year, in our opinion should be a full years training and experience.
As a not-for-profit organisation, all of our student fees go toward the training we provide, keeping it ethical in it’s delivery, staying true to our ethos and delivering the highest calibre of training we possibly can. Fourth Monkey has actively decided against applying for accreditation for its programmes. This is a decision to protect our training and our right to change and evolve our programmes without hindrance from an umbrella organisation or associated institution. Consequently, our actors in training our therefore not eligible for student finance. Students accepted onto the course can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan. Fourth Monkey is a registered Learning Provider, registration number [REG01-21340].A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900
Once registered to enrol and to join the Fourth Monkey family, our friendly staff are on hand to support our actors in training with their student registration, housing, employment and any other matters that may require assistance to aid the process of making the move and settling in to life as an actor in training in London.