“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 Training. For an Evolving Industry.

Auditioning throughout the year, for a September start, Year of the Monkey is a flexible full-time yearlong actor training and performance programme that concludes at the Edinburgh Festival in August.

View/download our online prospectus for more information on the Year of the Monkey or continue to browse our website for pictures, or visit our auditions page.


Shakespeares Comedies

Brief Course Overview

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. 
Founded in the principles of play with an emphasis on delivering work in repertory.The Fourth Monkey Year of the Monkey is a yearlong 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 a full twelve months of training, encompassing public performance opportunities in London and culminating in a season of repertory at the Edinburgh Fringe
Training includes
Professional 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 (correct for 2016 entry)

£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 


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