“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 experiencial 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 term before entering full-time training and rehearsals in term 2 and 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


“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, Two Year Rep Company member