Fourth Monkey encourages individuals to concentrate on their own individual training but also to absorb themselves in the variety of theatre and performance London has to offer. We want students to enjoy being surrounded by like-minded creative people, as this is when the most exciting work is created. Below is some brief information regarding aspects of life in London.
Fourth Monkey are committed to supporting our students during their time training with us. Lines of communication are kept open as a way in which to support students both with their development within the company and also life outside training. All information is treated as confidential.
We are an advocate for #time4change a movement started by the MTA to raise awareness in the performing arts sector of mental health issues and the stigma surrounding this. The movement has a clearly defined charter which companies, groups and theatres can sign up to promote in their various settings. There have been around 100 bodies/ companies from the performing arts sector, both professional and educational to sign up to promoting the charter. Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company is proud to be one of a handful of training centres to support and actively promote mental health awareness for our students. Please find more details on how Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has started to promote awareness by visiting the following editorial blog here.
Living in London can range from the astronomically expensive, to the surprisingly affordable; it’s just a matter of looking in the right places for the right property. For those who are new to renting and new to London, here are a few recommendations of areas that are very accessible to all Fourth Monkey venues. Generally most of our students look around the areas near our training bases to save on travel.
Finsbury Park- Tube: Finsbury Park (Victoria & Piccadilly Line) Zone: 2
Holloway Road- Tube: Holloway Road (Piccadilly Line) Zone: 2
Wood Green – Tube: Wood Green (Piccadilly Line) Zone: 3
Bounds Green – Tube: Bounds Green (Piccadilly Line) Zone: 3/4
Archway – Tube: Archway (Northern Line) Zone: 2/3
Both the Year of the Monkey and the Two Year Rep programmes have been designed to allow time to work alongside the programme and there are plenty of jobs out there that meet the needs of almost any situation by having varied and flexible working hours.
There are a lot of companies in London that actively hire actors/young people in training. For example, agencies or telesales companies that offer temp work are a great way to get varied, ad hoc, flexible work. Below are some examples of these:
• High Society
• Admiral catering recruitment
• At your service
• Pell & Bales
• Promo Jobs Pro (great for freelance work)
• www.peopleperhour.co.uk (also for freelance work)
Fourth Monkey are based in north London, a vibrant area with loads of arts establishments. There is a vast array of theatre on offer, from west-end theatre to scratch nights previewing new work in theatre pubs. Aswel as this there are lots of cinemas, lovely pubs/bars and many more green and leafy areas than you might expect!
Fees and Finance
Fourth Monkey believe that actor training should be for everyone. As such and as a non-for-profit organisation we take our part in assisting our company members in raising the funds to pay for their training responsibly.
With onsite fundraising assistance and fundraising events facilitated on behalf of our company members, we’re able to provide support in the task of raising finance to support training where it is required. There are also a variety of grants and bursaries available from local councils in hometowns or national arts funding bodies we advise prospective students to contact directly should funding be required.
Ultimately the responsibility of funding the training is that of the individual but we will guide and support as and where we can prior to the acceptance of a place. Many of our students work flexible jobs around their training and we support them with these needs.
The Monkey House
97-101 Seven Sisters Road
Tel : 02072810360
Fourth Monkey Education is a not-for-profit company and charity limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 9560983
Fourth Monkey Education is a Registered Charity with charity number 1164406
Fourth Monkey is registered as a verified UK Learning Provider. UKPRN 10045720.