Course Content

Year of the Monkey One Year Intensive Actor Training Programme

This is just a small selection of the skills you could learn in just one year of training.

The course also focuses on professional preparation and getting you industry-ready in just one year.

Actor’s Toolkit

Acting technique classes place emphasis on developing stagecraft and the actor’s toolbox. Practitioners studied include Stanislavski, Hagen and Chekhov.

Acting for Camera

The theory and practice of working on camera, through informative and practical sessions with industry professionals.

Classical Text

A practical study of Elizabethan text and performance practice, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare’s works.

Clown

Theatrical clown is taught to encourage individual freedom, a sense of play and ownership of the performance space, as well as to develop an actor’s relationship with the audience. The course is based on the principles of Lecoq, Gaulier and John Wright, led by a team of world-renowned practitioners and experts in their field.

Contemporary Text

An exploration of contemporary theatrical practice, with an emphasis on 20th Century practitioners, playwrights and acting techniques.

Corporeal Mime

An exploration of one of the most heralded and physically demanding performance and storytelling techniques.

Dance

Our dance training begins with movement from the African Diaspora, helping to connect and cultivate a greater sense of grounding and rhythm in the actor’s body. Next, the social dances of the 19th and 20th century i.e. Waltz and Merengue, specifically from an actor’s perspective, which focuses not only on the steps but on relationship and storytelling.

Devising

Working with specialist practitioners with proven track records of creating original work, our actors in training explore the process of creating original work for the stage.

Ensemble

Extensive group work towards the formation of a ‘true’ ensemble company, developing trust, complicity and a cohesive working practice.

Grotowski

Exploring the work of this mercurial practitioner, with an emphasis on physical ensemble work.

Movement & Physical Theatre

Developing the work in fundamental movement classes, we employ an extensive range of physical theatre practices in our training. Intensive practical workshops covering a range of physical theatre techniques include Laban, Lecoq and the Neutral Mask. The actor develops a core appreciation and understanding of their own body, whilst becoming physically connected and learning how to physically work in an ensemble.

Period & Movement of the African Diaspora

Actors explore the selected steps of the dance floor, as well as grounding in movement of the African diaspora.

Physical Storytelling

Slapstick, physical comedy and other relevant and associated circus practices to develop the actor’s range and sense of play.

Puppetry

In association with highly regarded and leading practitioners in their field, the company receives training in the principles and practical application of puppetry in performance.

Stage Combat

Work with both industry professionals and practitioners in the art of Stage Combat, towards a physical understanding and application of unarmed combat for the stage.

Voice

Harriet Whitbread’s team deliver a broad and thorough vocal training. From breath work and voice support, forward placement and resonance, to articulation, accents and dialects, the actor is tutored to utilise and develop their primary tool in both technique and creativity; their voice.

Actor’s Toolkit

Acting technique classes place emphasis on developing stagecraft and the actor’s toolbox. Practitioners studied include Stanislavski, Hagen and Chekhov.

Actor’s Toolkit

Acting technique classes place emphasis on developing stagecraft and the actor’s toolbox. Practitioners studied include Stanislavski, Hagen and Chekhov.

Actor’s Toolkit

Acting technique classes place emphasis on developing stagecraft and the actor’s toolbox. Practitioners studied include Stanislavski, Hagen and Chekhov.

Year of the Monkey: Professional Preparation

Graduates of the Year of the Monkey who work hard and who particularly excel should feel confident and competent to enter the industry as an actor. This is why they study a wide-ranging module of work, guided by professionals from various areas within the industry, aimed at preparing the actor for a career in the performing arts.

Delivered by Casting Directors from the worlds of both live and recorded arts, the actor will have a first-hand opportunity to work with and learn from leading casting professionals, as they prepare for a career as a performer.

Through relaxed, informal Q&A sessions with Directors, Producers, Casting Directors and Agents, the actor will have the opportunity to pick the brains of those who ultimately employ, facilitate and support professional work.

Training is important but good audition technique is essential to secure work as a professional actor. These session will give you the skills to secure work upon completion of training.

As a working ensemble in repertory, the Year of the Monkey company will deliver two seasons of work throughout their training programme, including one at the celebrated Camden Fringe.

The first season takes place in the spring term and focuses on original, devised work. Created in association with established directors and supported by the Fourth Monkey production team. This is an integral part of a contemporary actor’s arsenal and therefore is a core element to our training.

The second season takes place at the Camden Fringe. The company rehearse in repertory, stretching their skills across multiple rehearsal rooms and productions. Our seasons of work are open to the public and indeed to press and industry representatives, uniquely offering our actors professional exposure, as well as professional experience in performance through our high production values.

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