Student life as an actor-in-training should be exciting, challenging and a whole lot of fun. We encourage our students to commit themselves fully to their training and to concentrate on their development as an actor. However, it is also important for them to take advantage of the huge range of theatre and performance opportunities that London has to offer. We want students to enjoy being surrounded by like-minded creative people, get to know them and to learn from each other, as this is when the most exciting work is produced.
A Day in the Life
As a first year student on our Two Year Rep programme, your day will be varied, incorporating all aspects of training needed by an actor in the making.
9am – Voice class
You’ll spend the first two hours of the day on Voice, working on sound production, articulation and breath, honing one of your most expressive tools as an actor.
11am – Acting
Next up, an Acting class working on practitioners such as Stanislavski, Hagen or Meisner, developing techniques to draw upon later in the rehearsal room.
1pm – Lunch
Students take time out to grab some lunch, chat with classmates in the Kitchen or work on solo projects in one of our studios. Fourth Monkey is an ensemble company and we place much importance on developing the group. Once a week we hold a full company meeting to share information, highlight upcoming events and check how students are getting on in their work.
2pm – Movement
Some sessions are longer and for classes like Expressive movement, Grotowski or Corporeal Mime you’ll practice movement for up to three hours – we said this was an intensive course!
4pm – Devising
We focus on creating your own work, so there are regular classes in devising. This is a chance for you to use the actor’s skills you have learned and apply them to theatre making.
5pm – Classes end
Classes usually finish at 5pm. There is no academic homework, although you will be expected to chart your journey through your training in your journal, which should be done after the class. If you’re not confident at writing, we can work together to suggest tactics for recording your learning, whether through audio, video or an online blog of pictures, it’s up to you how you cement your learning from the day’s classes.
This time is for you to support your training in whichever way you like. Whether it’s spending time in the studios practising the skills you learned in class, through working to support your life through training or watching a show at the many accessible theatres across London, how you spend your time outside of class is often as important to your development as how you spend it inside class.
We support the whole actor and our team is always on hand to help with all aspects of life as an acting student. Lines of communication are kept open, as a way 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 Musical Theatre Academy to raise awareness in the performing arts sector about mental health issues and the stigma surrounding it. 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.
Living in London can range from incredibly expensive, to 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 The Monkey House.
Generally, most of our students look around the areas near our training bases to save money on travel.
- Finsbury Park – Victoria & Piccadilly Line (Zone 2)
- Holloway Road – Piccadilly Line (Zone 2)
- Wood Green – Piccadilly Line (Zone 3)
- Bounds Green – Piccadilly Line (Zone 3/4)
- 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. There are plenty of jobs out there which 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
- www.peopleperhour.co.uk (also for freelance work)
Fourth Monkey are based in North London, a vibrant area with plenty 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. In addition, there are lots of cinemas, lovely pubs/bars and many more green and leafy areas than you might expect!
Local arts venues:
- Park Theatre
- Jackson’s Lane
- Pleasance Theatre
- Almeida Theatre
- Crouch End Picturehouse
- Rio Cinema
- ArtHouse Crouch End