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; as this is when the most exciting work is produced.
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.
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.
We are pleased to be able to offer all students in our community access to Togetherall, a free online mental health community. Available 24/7, Togetherall is monitored by trained mental health professionals and is a safe space for students to share and explore whatever they might be experiencing or struggling with at any given time. It is completely anonymous, meaning students are free to talk and express themselves, plus discover ways to self-manage their mental health via a range of courses and resources.
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.
London is a multicultural metropolis, it’s the UK’s Capital and one of the most exciting cities in the World. It has something for everyone, from History and Culture to fine food and great night life. London is a blend of historic and modern architecture, home to over 170 museums and 240 theatres, it hosts more than 17,000 music performances a year across 300+ venues.
Over 250 festivals take place in London every year including Europe’s biggest street festival; The Notting Hill Carnival, as well as London’s Gay Pride, both drawing crowds of one million. There are also hundreds of green parks and beautiful open spaces for you to enjoy the City and take a break. London is a Mecca for the film industry, playing major roles in countless films from James Bond, Harry Potter and A Clockwork Orange.
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.
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.
- Crouch End & Crouch Hill (N8)
- Islington (N1)
- Muswell Hill (N10)
- Bounds Green (N11 – subject to exact location this may require public transport but a popular affordable area for students)
- Holloway & Archway (N7 & N19)
- Drayton Park (N5)
- Finsbury Park (N4)
Here are some other areas, slightly further away, but on the same transport networks. Some may be cheaper in rent:
- Southgate (N14)
- Palmers Green (N13)
- Totteridge & Whetstone (N2)
- Seven Sisters (N15)
- Oakwood (N14)
- Barnet (EN4)
- Walthamstow/Blackhorse Road (E17)
- Turnpike Lane (N8)
- Stratford (E7/E5/E20)
- Cockfosters (EN4)
Monkey Advice: We would recommend that you look for accommodation in areas that are geographically closer. We strongly advise you to explore the various means of transport and find alternative routes for your journey to and from The Monkey House.
If you are looking for a “halls of residence-style” living experience, rather than a shared house or flat, there are a range of student accommodation providers offering accommodation for Fourth Monkey students within walking distance or easy reach of the Monkey House via public transport.
Please note: these student accommodation providers are also open to students at other higher education institutions, and therefore may be subject to availability and each individual provider’s Terms and Conditions.
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: