“It is a privilege to see Fourth Monkey’s uncompromising and visceral work breathe new life into contemporary ensemble theatre whilst fostering the brightest talents of tomorrow.”
Ranjit Bolt OBE – Playwright, Translator and Patron
Evolutionary Actor Training. For an Evolving Industry.
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Auditioning throughout the year, for a September start, Year of the Monkey is a yearlong actor training and performance programme that concludes at the Edinburgh Festival in August.
To audition for Year of the Monkey 2015-16 visit our auditions page
Brief Course Overview
As an experiential actor training course within a professional production setting, the Year of the Monkey provides a specially tailored opportunity for those entering the industry that is based around the principle of learning through the process of doing. Training initially on a part-time basis for the first and second terms before entering full-time training and rehearsals in term 3, the Year of the Monkey offers a flexible actor training programme geared toward performances in both London and at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The training includes:
Professional London Repertory season – Rep season at the Edinburgh Festival – Voice, Ensemble, Stage Combat – Industry prep – Movement – Short-film project – Classical text – Contemporary text – Clown – Mask – Physical Theatre – short film project – Yoga – Circus Skills – Audition prep and the opportunity to showcase your work to the wider industry.
Fees and Finance (correct for 2015 entry)
Fees include all training and ALL travel and accommodation costs for Edinburgh Fringe.
£500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance of a place
Total training fee = £6000
Paid in instalments as follows:
£2000 by 1st July prior to commencement of term in September
£2000 by 1st December
£2000 by 1st March
*Alternatively for both training programmes the full year’s fees can be paid in one instalment at the commencement of the training year
What our students say:
“Year of the monkey is unique. It offers immediate performance experience on the professional stage, combined with immersive, thorough and liberating training. The year of the monkey, a fundamental year in any young actor’s career.”
Kerrie Mailey – Casting Director
“Year of the Monkey is revolutionary and unique. Never before have I had the opportunity to do as many things within the same year to help my journey to become a professional actor. A great blend of part foundation course and part rep theatre company is only helping to solidify my love for the art and the need I have to take it further. The added support and tutoring I’m receiving only adds to this amazing experience.”
Sam Adamson, Year of the monkey and Two Year Rep Company Alumnus
“An essential year in any actors career. The year of the monkey provides intense training that makes you push your own boundaries and invites you to take on the challenge of a two Rep Theatre seasons! Something every actor must try! Not only do you make lifelong friends but the company is very much ensemble and you feel at one with everyone. I’ve learnt so much so far and cant wait to continue learning!”
Emily-Jane McNeill, Fourth Monkey Alumnus
“As an actor I can think of no better opportunity and learning curve than the Year of the Monkey.
It’s exciting, creative and an amazing challenge. It IS the course to be on.”
James Bryant, Fourth Monkey Alumnus
“Wow what a year! I wanted to write and tell you how grateful I am for giving me the opportunity to work with Fourth Monkey. I have learnt so much throughout the year, it has been a truly wonderful experience. I have developed enormously, not just as a performer but as a person. I have learnt the joys of working in a company and the discipline required to succeed as an individual and as an ensemble. Most of all Fourth Monkey has inspired me to carry on and never give up, because this is what I want to be doing forever. I have now got the confidence to see that through.”
Georgia Kerr, Fourth Monkey Alumnus
“I have had fantastic experiences, from an intense rep season to profound workshops. This fresh and imaginative approach to learning about the industry has really pushed the boundaries for everyone involved.”
Grant Russell, Fourth Monkey Alumnus
“I just want to thank you for creating this beautiful monkey family ensemble, but more than that I really want you to know how much I appreciate you and the amount of work and time you’ve put into this, so that we get the best of it. I will not say goodbye because I don’t see it as the end, but as a new beginning where the monkeys will continue creating and working together.”
Ema Staicut, Fourth Monkey Alumnus