Two Year Rep
ACCELERATED ACTOR TRAINING PROGRAMME
Fourth Monkey’s answer to a three year academic course, our Two Year Rep Accelerated Actor Training Programme offers the most comprehensive training for the actor entering the industry today. Three years training in two, our augmented approach incorporates six performance seasons, a professionally produced showreel and voice reel, industry showcase, culminating in a season at the prestigious Camden Fringe.
This course offers students the experience of working as part of a repertory theatre, as well as releasing them into industry a year earlier so that they can start working sooner. This approach also incurs a lower cost for the student, paying for two years as opposed to three, as well as reducing total living costs.
With an alumni employment rate of 82% within 12 months of graduation, and an industry retention rate of 97% over five years (2012-17), the Fourth Monkey Two Year Rep Accelerated Actor Training Programme is suitable for any young creative who is serious about forging a career as a professional actor. The Fourth Monkey Two Year Rep offers a toolkit of experiences and opportunities unparalleled in contemporary training.
Key features of the programme
- 40+ hours per week contact time, training under internationally renowned practitioners
- British Academy of Stage and Screen Acting (BASSC) certification
- Minimum of six performance seasons across the two years
- Residential training programme in Italy, studying Commedia dell’Arte under the tuition of Antonio Fava
- Professionally produced actors showreel and voice reel, used for securing work upon completion of training
- Showcase performance with professional theatre company, Cervantes Theatre
- Camden Fringe showcase performance seasons
What the Two Year Rep course covers:
The first year of training runs over four terms, from September to July. It focuses on developing the actor’s voice, body and acting technique, culminating in the company’s first production season of devised work in July.
First Year classes include:
- Acting Technique including Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Meisner and Actioning
- Contemporary Scene Studies
- Contextual Studies
- Devising – making original work
- European & World Theatre Mask
- Play Projects
- Production season of an original devised ensemble project
- Solo Story
- Solo Text
- Shakespeare & Classical Text
- Vocal technique
- Choral Singing
- Corporeal Mime
- Expressive Movement
- Fundamental Movement
- Movement of the African Diaspora
- Physical Storytelling
- Physical Theatre
The Devised Ensemble Project
During final term of the first year, students take part in a devised ensemble project alongside their regular training. The project is presented as the ensemble’s first public performance, delivered and devised in collaboration with a practicing professional company and staged at the end of the academic year. Previous collaborative partners have included Shunt, Theatre Re, Told by an Idiot and Rhum & Clay.
Following the end of the first year and preceding the beginning of the second, we take the opportunity to expand our actors’ horizons and spend time building bonds within the ensemble. The whole year group travels to Italy to study Commedia dell’Arte with leading practitioner, Antonio Fava. Not only do students learn this foundational art form from the leading Commedia specialist, but they gain an experience which unites the group through a shared experience and puts training into perspective in an international setting.
The second year commences with an intensive Grotowski, Meisner and voice reel project, prior to a full term of training. During this year, students complete their British Academy of Stage and Screen Acting (BASSC) Stage Combat intensive training and examination, as well as an Experimental Fringe project of original student-led work.
As they near the end of their training, students take part in a series of graduate productions for which they are encouraged to invite potential industry representation to view. These include one classical and one contemporary showcase season of work in repertory; an acting for camera showreel module and a London showcase season of contemporary translations by prominent writers from around the world, in collaboration with the Cervantes Theatre. The year concludes with a final large scale showcase production season as part of the prestigious Camden Fringe festival.
Second year classes include:
- Acting for Camera
- American Play Project
- Experimental Fringe
- Michael Chekhov
- Meisner technique
- Play Project
- Voice into Accents
- Voice reel
- BASSC Stage Combat
- intensive and
- Grotowski intensive
- Agent & Casting Director
- Audition preparation
- Health and Wellbeing
- Industry Q&As & Sight
- Masterclasses & Seminars
- Sight Reading
Alongside these classes, students take part in a number of key projects that develop their skills as an actor.
Creating Original Performance
The Experimental Fringe Project is an opportunity for the company to create original pieces of live theatre, with a view to further development. Individuals pitch a project to write and direct. Several pieces are chosen by our Artistic team for performance and casts are selected from the student body. After a public showing, one director is awarded a bursary, sponsored by Rich Rusk from Gecko Theatre, for future development upon completion of the course.
Securing Professional Work
An actor’s voice and showreel are two of the most important tools for securing work in the contemporary world of performance. Being able to offer an example of your skills in digital form, frequently puts you ahead of your peers. This is of particular advantage in the world of voicework: from voiceovers on radio and commercials, to the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, an actor’s employability is often defined by their ability to utilise their vocal skills and training.
During the first term of the second year, each student is supported and coached through the production of their own personalised voice reel, to be used for securing voice work upon graduation. In the following term, all students shoot a short film designed to showcase their performance on-screen. Supported by a professional team of directors, camera operators and editors, each student obtains a professionally shot and edited showreel for use in securing employment right away.
From January to August, the final few months of training focus on preparing the ensemble for their final four showcase seasons. For all four, students are encouraged to invite agents and casting directors to attend, supported by the Fourth Monkey team. This allows our industry contacts the chance to track and observe actors of interest throughout their training journey, enabling a much more rounded understanding of their talents, abilities and potential for growth. This, coupled with the highest calibre of external directors and creatives, along with our high production values, ensures extensive professional experience and development.
In January, the company begins the research and development stage of the Camden Fringe project, well in advance of the rehearsal and performance process which begins in July. Once the R&D is complete, the company embarks on two back-to-back scripted public performance seasons – one classical and one contemporary – to which they invite industry and prospective agents.
The penultimate student performance is a Contemporary Translations Showcase, in partnership with the Cervantes Theatre in Southwark [LINK: pop-out – Cervantes theatre]. Four directors, four plays and four companies showcase four new texts as part of a refreshing take on the showcase format for both actors, directors and writers alike. An industry evening with an inclusive world view.
To conclude their training with Fourth Monkey, students return to the rehearsal room to develop a predominantly new, original work for premiere at the Camden Fringe Festival. This is when the majority of our students are signed with an agent, and begin their journey as an actor in the industry.
“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, Year of the Monkey Alumni
“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
“Never before have I had the opportunity to do as many things within the same year. 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 Alumnus
We offer free monthly Taster Workshops to provide potential applicants with the opportunity to try our style of training and to work out whether drama school might be a good fit for them.
Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the workshops are an introduction to the Fourth Monkey way of working and include two main elements: a Complicté-based element on Ensemble and a Character Building element, with an emphasis on tension states, archetypes and building characters through physicality. There will also be opportunity to chat with Steve about our training and future opportunities.
Try out the Fourth Monkey style of training in one of our free Taster Workshops