The Fourth Monkey Audition Experience


Welcome to the Monkey House!

As a drama school, our motto for Fourth Monkey audition days is “see and be seen” – we want to ensure all applicants have a dedicated, individual session with our panel, as well as an opportunity to see and experience everything they need to help them decide whether Fourth Monkey is the right fit for them.


As Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone who applies to train with us at audition in person or via a live virtual audition day, self-tape submissions are not compulsory when applying to train with us.


We have made every effort to create an audition day experience that ensures all applicants feel at ease, are given ample opportunity to demonstrate their potential and have numerous opportunities to ask questions, whatever the format (face-to-face or virtual) and wherever the location (at the Monkey House or in a regional location).

In line with our commitment to making drama school as accessible as possible, all Fourth Monkey auditions for all courses are free of charge – we are proud to be a “zero audition fee school”.

A Fourth Monkey audition is open, personal and, most importantly, enjoyable. Taking place over the course of a full day, it has been designed to work with applicants on their performance of text, their vocal and physical suitability, plus their individual drive to train professionally and adhere to the rigours attached to actor training. It is also designed to give each applicant equal opportunity to ensure that Fourth Monkey will offer the most suitable approach to training for them.

All auditions are conducted by Fourth Monkey’s Artistic Director, Steve Green, and Director of Training Charleen Qwaye, alongside a panel of specialist practitioners who teach the core modules on our courses.

January 2021 Coronavirus Update

In light of the most recent government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to once again close the Monkey House to both current and prospective students to ensure their safety and well-being remains our top priority.  

However, you will still be able to audition for Fourth Monkey’s 2021 intake as planned! All in-house audition days for 2021 intake currently scheduled for January and February 2021 will now be held via a live virtual audition day so that anyone interested in our approach to actor training still has a chance to be seen by our panel.

Live virtual audition days comprise a full-day audition via the Zoom platform, incorporating a virtual building tour of the Monkey House to give you a feel for the building’s studio spaces and training environment, plus multiple live workshops in a variety of disciplines central to Fourth Monkey’s core training pillars. This will be followed by an individual one-to-one audition with our panel, audition speech reworking and redirection and an interview for each applicant.

To make sure attendees at a live virtual audition day have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about Fourth Monkey’s approach to drama school, prior to delivering their speeches all applicants will be hosted by a selection of our alumni in our breakout rooms to give them a chance to do so.

All Fourth Monkey auditions remain 100% free of charge, whatever the format, and this move from in-house to virtual audition days only applies to January and February audition days. In line with our commitment to meeting everyone who applies to audition live in person, whether virtually or face-to-face, we do not require a self-tape from applicants.

Although we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome prospective actors and theatre makers to the Monkey House for in-person audition days during January and February as planned, our audition days have been designed to ensure that all applicants have the same experience and opportunities to “see and be seen”, regardless of the format or location.

Full details of how to apply, as well as what to expect from an audition day and how to prepare, plus all January and February audition dates, can be found further down the page.

If you have already registered for an in-person audition day for January or February 2021, our Admissions team will be in touch with more information about converting this to a live virtual audition day.

Be Bold and Play!

The audition experience itself begins with a full ensemble warm-up, followed by a selection of physical ensemble workshops and exercises to give everyone a chance to familiarise themselves with our approach to actor training.

Applicants will then perform their chosen monologues to the panel and receive re-direction to re-work at least one of their chosen speeches, working one-on-one with the panel. This is intended to enable us to play with the speech and to further explore the choices an applicant has made, as well as give an insight into who they are as an actor and performer.

Any Questions?

Each applicant will then have a one-on-one interview with a member of the audition panel, discuss their application and have an opportunity to ask any questions about the training and school.

There will also be a tour of the Monkey House, plenty of opportunities to speak with Alumni or students as well as a Q&A session to ask any questions that you may have about Fourth Monkey’s core training ethos, approach to drama school and actor training, and the overall student experience.

A typical audition day begins promptly at 9:45am, and normally ends by 6:00pm.

Fourth Monkey audition days have been designed to ensure that all applicants have the same experience and opportunities to see and be seen, regardless of the audition format or location.

What’s Next?

Everyone who submits an application and then auditions for Fourth Monkey will be considered purely on individual merit at audition by our panel.

All applicants who are subsequently offered a place on a course which is accredited by our degree-awarding partner Falmouth University will be required to complete their enrolment process, as well as the Fourth Monkey enrolment process, when confirming their acceptance.

Your Audition with Fourth Monkey

Fourth Monkey auditions are designed to reflect our training and company ethos, celebrating the individual whilst fostering a sense of collaborative growth and development. We aim to create a relaxed and informal environment so everyone can explore and celebrate their true potential.

All applicants to Fourth Monkey full-time actor training programmes are asked to prepare and perform two short audition speeches, each lasting no longer than two minutes:

  • One Classical speech (Shakespeare or similar Elizabethan-era writer)
  • One Contemporary speech

Please note; MA COLLABORATIVE THEATRE applicants are invited to provide a short piece (no longer than three minutes) that showcases their musical, physical or directorial skill(s) imaginatively to provide an insight into them as a theatre maker, as well as what drives them creatively.

When attending a Fourth Monkey audition, applicants are asked to:

  • Wear appropriate clothing that allows for free, comfortable movement during physical sessions
  • Prepare and bring any questions they have about training with Fourth Monkey, as well as drama school in general

Most importantly, applicants should come with an open-mind and be ready to bold and play, both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. We look forward to seeing you at a Fourth Monkey audition very soon!

The above applies to both in-person and live virtual audition days, as our audition days have been designed to ensure that all applicants have the same experience and opportunities to “see and be seen”, regardless of the format or location.

Audition Considerations
  • Ensure that you have read the whole play each of your chosen monologues comes from
  • Use only your natural accent – we celebrate you and your individuality at Fourth Monkey
  • Feel free to direct your piece at the audition panel
Audition Assessment

Fourth Monkey applicants are only assessed on individual merit at audition, focusing on their potential as an actor and theatre maker. Within this framework, all applicants are assessed on the following qualities and abilities:


  • Ability to take direction
  • Understanding of text and use of emotion
  • Truth & Focus
  • Expression of thought and feeling through movement and voice
  • Openness to others imagination and creativity
  • Communication, generosity and collaborative skills
  • Creativity, boldness and playfulness

Audition Dates

To ensure our process is open to everyone who wishes to apply, our auditions are free of charge across all audition formats and across all courses.

We also offer a choice of audition formats, to ensure everyone is able to attend in a way that suits their personal circumstances. Applicants can select an in-house audition day at the Monkey House, our London training base, a virtual audition via video call, or a regional audition day in selected locations across the UK. 

Please note, in light of the most recent government guidelines regarding COVID-19, all audition days for 2021 intake currently scheduled for January and February 2021 will now be held via a live virtual audition day. Full details of what to expect from a live virtual audition day can be found in the “The Fourth Monkey Audition Day Experience” section of this page.

If you have any questions about live virtual audition days, about an existing audition day confirmation or about Fourth Monkey audition days in general, please contact our Admissions team on and they will be happy to help.


Below, you can find details of Fourth Monkey’s current live audition dates for in-house and live virtual auditions. Further dates and opportunities to audition with Fourth Monkey will be made available throughout the year.


In-House Saturday 22 May 2021
Saturday 29 May 2021
Saturday 5 June 2021
Saturday 26th June 2021
Saturday 3 July 2021
Live Virtual Audition Saturday 24 April 2021 – Few Places Left!
Regional More Regional Auditions will be announced soon!

Start your Fourth Monkey journey today

How to Apply

Everyone who submits an application will be invited to a free in-house, virtual or regional audition with Fourth Monkey (as per the selection made on their application form) to begin their journey towards becoming an actor and theatre maker.


As Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone who applies to train with us at audition in person or via a live virtual audition day, self-tape submissions are not compulsory when applying to train with us.


Completing our quick and easy online application form should take no longer than a few minutes, and we simply need you to provide the following information as part of this:

  • Personal Information incl. Photo
  • Contact Information
  • Education History
  • Fourth Monkey Training Programme Choice
  • Fourth Monkey Audition Choice (Incl. Access Requirements, if applicable)
  • 200-word Personal Statement
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Diversity Information

For all audition formats, self-tape submissions are not compulsory when applying to train with us.

Offers to join any of our full-time courses are only made to those who have submitted a completed application form and subsequently successfully auditioned for Fourth Monkey.

If you need any help with any part of the application or audition process, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate get in touch with the Admissions Team.

I felt really nervous as I’ve never used Zoom before and I’m also not a fan of video chats but this audition was really lovely. It really was more than I imagined and thank you for that. It wasn’t annoying, weird or stressful. Instead it was really fun, casual and stress free.

Live Virtual Audition Day participant, 2021

This was such an amazing day! It was inclusive and accessible. Even though I was in a tiny box room, I felt as though my possibilities were endless. Fourth Monkey is a diamond among the rest.


Live Virtual Audition Day participant, 2021

When I wanted to audition for Fourth Monkey, I couldn’t make the audition date so I called up to see whether I could do another date. There were no spaces on the other sessions, so without hesitating, Steve told me that I could come in for a 1:1 audition. That’s what really made the school stand out for me – they will always try their utmost to give you a chance and let you prove yourself, no matter the circumstances and even if it means them going out of their way to do it.

Naomi Denny, Fourth Monkey Alumnus

Which course is for you?

BA (Hons) Acting

The BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree Designed for those looking to forge a career as a professional actor and theatre maker, this course aims to create fearless, connected and imaginative artists who are employable, knowledgeable and industry-ready in just two years, offering a more accessible and more affordable route into a professional career as an actor and theatre maker.

Learn more about the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree below:

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MA Collaborative Theatre

The MA Collaborative Theatre degree provides a unique opportunity to explore and develop the skills relevant to professional contemporary collaborative theatre practice, delivered in association with internationally-renowned partners and practitioners. Delivery is offered as a flexible learning framework, and is designed to be inclusive and affordable.

Learn more about the MA Collaborative Theatre degree below:

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CertHE Performance & Theatre Making

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making course aims to establish the groundwork for fearless, connected and imaginative actors and theatre makers, and this course provides a natural pathway onto further professional actor training, including onto the BA (Hons) Acting degree following successful completion of the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making course and subsequent successful audition for the BA course. What is more, students on the CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making course have access to Student Finance to pay course fees.

Learn more about the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making below:

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Year of the Monkey

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, returning to the industry or indeed those embracing a new challenge and changing career, the Year of the Monkey programme creates a diverse, collaborative environment in which to explore this unique, intensive movement-based actor training programme, and as such, the teaching delivery is designed to allow students to work and train at the same time to better facilitate accessibility to those transitioning from another career or educational setting. Upon completion of the programme, graduates are well-positioned to take their next steps within the arts, whether that be further training or returning to the industry as an actor or theatre maker.

Learn more about the Year of the Monkey course below:

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If you would like to experience the Fourth Monkey style of training first-hand, we offer free Virtual Q&A’s on a monthly basis to work out whether we are the right drama school for you.


Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the Q&A’s are a fun introduction to the Fourth Monkey ethos and a great chance to get an insight into our approach to actor training as well as ask to any questions you may have