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 Evolutionary Training. For an Evolving Industry.

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

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“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 


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.

The programme is structured to enable actors-in-training to work and learn at the same time, suitable for a wide variety of individuals and their circumstances. These Company Members are then enriched by the diversity and varied life experiences of their peers.

Course highlights:

  • 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 (Terms 3 & 4)
  • Intensive training covering a wide variety of disciplines
  • Professional preparation sessions included


Training overview


Neutral Mask – Grotowski – Actor’s Toolkit – Ensemble – Devising Original Theatre – Shakespeare – Contemporary Text – Acting for Camera 


Fundamental Movement – Stage Combat – Acting through Clown – Circus – Decroux Mime – African Dance – Puppetry – Physical Theatre – Period Dance


Voice technique


Two London Repertory seasons including a season at the Camden Fringe

Professional Development

Audition Prep – Professional Prep – Industry Q&As

Fees and Finance

£6200*, plus an initial £700 acceptance fee (non-refundable) upon returning paperwork to secure a place. 

*Fees include all travel.

Fees and funding


The audition process at Fourth Monkey focuses on the individual. We aim to create the best possible environment for you to shine, so that we can see your true potential.

Find out more about our auditions process.


What our students say:


“The Year of the Monkey is unique; a fundamental year in any young actor’s career. It offers immediate performance experience on the professional stage, combined with immersive, thorough and liberating training.”

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 towards becoming a professional actor. A great blend; part foundation course and part rep theatre company, helped to solidify my love for the art and the need I have to take it further. The added support and tutoring I received only added to this amazing experience.”

Sam Adamson – Year of the Monkey and Two Year Rep Company Alumnus 


“An essential year in any actor’s 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 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 learned so much so far and can’t wait to continue learning!”

Emily-Jane McNeill – Fourth Monkey Alumna


“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 have learned 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 learned 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 Alumna


“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


Looking to extend your training?

Why not take a look at our other full-time programme, the Two Year Rep accelerated actor training and performance programme. It prepares each actor for the industry in the most thorough and innovative of ways

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