Auditions – Tips for Student Actors

It’s that time of year again – Morley College is auditioning for its intermediate and advanced acting courses, including Morley College Theatre Company. This term the company will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The performance in February will be programmed in as part of the Vault Festival which occupies the space underneath Waterloo station. 

Auditions take place on Friday 30 September from 16:00 – 20:00. Book your audition slot by emailing the Theatre & Acting department. 

So how can you make sure that your audition showcases your work as well as possible? Here are our top tips:

• Choose a monologue you really like – you’ll always work better with material that speaks to you personally and that you understand and appreciate.

• Don’t make it too long – an audition speech should ideally never be more than about 2 minutes. Cut the piece of text carefully so that you keep your favourite parts but get the overall length down to about 300 words or less. It’s fine to cut out lines from other characters in between what your character is saying, as long as the speech still makes sense to an audience – you can hear the interruption in your mind and respond to it.

• If you’ve chosen your speech from a monologue book, do read the whole play – the audition panel may want to discuss the play with you and you look unprepared if you don’t know the whole story and the character’s background.

• Spend some time preparing and thinking about the text. Analyse the different parts of the speech and think about where the character’s needs and intention change, or where the rhythm and energy might change. Who is your character speaking to? What effect do they want to have on them?

• Practise! The better prepared you are, the more confident you will feel. Once you’ve decided what the character is trying to accomplish and why s/he is speaking, practise delivering the speech. Try out different choices and see what helps you to deliver the message effectively. Ideally try the speech out on a trusted friend for some feedback.

It’s that time of year again – Morley College is auditioning for its intermediate and advanced acting courses, including Actor’s Studio 4: The Company. Here are our top tips for auditioning.

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