The Audition

 At Fourth Monkey we hold a one day audition day for the convenience of the applicant. The day is made up of two parts, 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 and an informal interview with members of the team.  Following this in the afternoon we will run a series of extensive ensemble based workshop sessions 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 offer 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.  

Fourth Monkey Training at a Glance

Year of the Monkey

Course Overview

Founded on the principles of play with an emphasis on delivering work in repertory, the Year of the Monkey is a twelve-month-long actor training programme unlike any other. The course is neither foundation nor post-graduate by design, however it often serves as such for a variety of individuals who are drawn to the philosophy of learning through doing. The course offers numerous public performance opportunities culminating in a season of repertory as part of the prestigious Camden Fringe.

Structured in such a way that it enables the Company Member to work and train at the same time. This appeals to a wide variety of individuals who create a rich tapestry of actors in training, enriching the learning of all through their diversity and varied life experiences.

Full 12 month course over 4 terms
22.5 – 40 hours per week training time
Monday – Wednesday evenings and Saturdays (Terms 1 & 2)
Monday – Friday daytimes, repertory rehearsal and performance season (Term 3 & 4)
Intensive training covering a wide variety of disciplines
Professional preparation sessions included

Training Includes

Two London Repertory seasons including a season at the Camden Fringe – Voice – Neutral Mask – Fundamental Movement – Stage Combat – Acting through Clown – Circus – Grotowski – Decroux Mime – African Dance – Puppetry – Physical Theatre – Actor’s Toolkit – Ensemble – Audition Prep – Professional Prep – Devising Original Theatre – Shakespeare – Contemporary Text – Acting for Camera – Period Dance – Industry Q & A’s

Fees and Finance (correct for 2018 entry)

£6200, plus an initial £700 acceptance fee (non-refundable) upon returning paperwork to secure a place, then all inclusive paid as follows:

£2200 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September

£2000 by 1st November

£2000 by 1st January

Two Year Rep

Course Overview

Founded on the principles of ensemble and inclusivity 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 training imaginable for the actor. Fundamentally three years training in two, the course incorporates a month in Italy and three repertory showcase seasons in Year Two, along with a professionally produced showreel. The Two Year Rep offers a toolkit of experiences and opportunities unparalleled in contemporary training.

Responding to the changing landscape of the performance industry and the need for new avenues into the profession, Fourth Monkey have created a training programme that not only trains the actor but also empowers them to develop work of their own.

Uniquely, we also employ actors upon completion of their training to deliver our professional work nationally and internationally with our professional touring Ensemble.


40+ hours per week contact time

BASSC certification

Italy residential training experience

Minimum of 4 performance seasons across the 2 years

Professionally produced actors showreel

Internationally renowned practitioners

Camden Fringe Season

Training Overview

Residential Commedia dell’Arte course in Italy – Acting Technique – Actor’s Toolkit – Physical Theatre – Technical Voice – Creative Voice & Text – Articulation into Accents – Technical Voice & Text – Fundamental Movement – Expressive Movement – Contextual Studies – Improvisation – Yoga – African Dance – Choral Singing – Mask – Lecoq – Corporeal Mime – Brecht – European & World Theatre Masterclasses – Solo Story – Solo Text – Contemporary Scene Studies – Play Project Scenes – Shakespeare – Puppetry – Stage Combat – Production Season of Original Devised Ensemble Work at the end of Year 1 – Meisner Technique – Grotowski – Sight Reading –  Voice into Accents – Classical Text – Dance – Professional Prep Masterclasses & Seminars – Industry Q&A’s & Masterclasses – Agent & Casting Director Workshops – Acting for Camera – Clown – Experimental Fringe – Play Project – Agent, Casting Director and Industry Workshops as well as three production seasons delivered in repertory, culminating at the Camden Fringe at the end of the second year of training.

Fees and Finance (correct for 2018 entry)

 An initial £700 acceptance fee (non-refundable) upon returning paperwork to secure place, then all inclusive paid as follows:

£9500 Year 1 (plus the initial £700 acceptance fee)

£10500 Year 2*

£3000 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September Year 1

£4000 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September Year 2

£3500 by 1st December Year 1 & 2

£3000 by 1st March Year 1 & 2

*Fees include ALL travel and accommodation costs for the Commedia dell’Arte residential in Italy as well as the production of an individual final showreel for the students professional use.

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