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At Drama Studio London we have a two stage audition process. If you are successful at the first round you will be invited for a recall.
Auditions and recalls for the One and Two Year Acting Courses are held on Saturdays. You will need to keep either the whole of the morning or afternoon free.
Selection for admissions to either the 1 or 2 Year Acting Course is by audition and personal interview with the Principal and senior faculty of the school. We look for talent, passion, maturity of attitude, a certain level of technical ability and the ability to cope with the demands of the course in order to become employable, successful actors.
If you wish to advise us of any difficulties or disabilities, which may affect your performance at audition, we will be happy to make any adjustments we can to make sure you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills.
If you are going to be unavailable for audition between certain dates, please tell us on your application form.
A half-day session working with a small group of other auditionees. The audition will normally begin with a talk about the school and the training, then after a warm-up you will be asked to take part in a series of acting and improvisation exercises, either individually or in groups.
You should also prepare two two-minute speeches from published plays, not film or television scripts. One must be in verse from a play by Shakespeare or another Jacobean playwright, and one modern speech from a play written after 1955. You may not be required to perform both speeches to the group at the first round stage, but you will need both if you get a recall.
We would advise you to do pieces in your own accent, choosing the style based on what you feel you do best and what is reasonably close to you in age and background. Do not choose a speech from any other drama school’s list of suggested audition speeches, and please, keep your speech to 2 minutes maximum!
In performance be truthful, honest and simple. Let your own instincts guide you, based on having read the whole play - we are looking for what you personally have to offer, not anybody else’s interpretation of the speech. So don’t worry if you haven’t had either any help or ‘coaching’ on your speeches.
At the end of the session, you will be told the result of your audition. If unsuccessful at this stage, you may be given advice on how to improve your potential for success in future acting training auditions; if successful, you will be asked to attend a recall audition at a later date.
Again, a half-day session working with a small group of other auditionees. For this session, you will normally be working with the Principal and Director of Studies. A brief warm-up will lead to performing your two speeches to the group, after which you may be asked to re-work your speech. You will then read through (and possibly spend some time working on) a scene of the director's choice, and possibly take part in further acting/improvisation exercises. You will also have a short individual interview, after which you will be told whether you will be offered a place, and for which course.