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BA Acting

BA Acting & Musical Theatre Auditions


Candidates will be selected and invited to an audition date based on their personal statement and education history. There is no audition fee.

Audition Preparation

For the individual Acting audition, candidates will be asked to prepare two contrasting monologues , one classical and one modern, no longer than two minutes each, to be presented and the will be re-directed.

For the Musical Theatre audition, candidates will be asked to prepare a short speech from a musical or play and a song from a musical – please bring a backing track, we have a mini-jack connection for phones or a cd player. 

Candidates should attend the audition in loose clothing to allow movement and be willing to work in bare feet.

The Audition

  • 10:00 – 10:15


    Opposite the Welcome Desk

    10:15 – 10:45

    Student Ambassador led Campus tour (Candidates and guests)

    Starting and ending in the Arts Centre

    10:45 – 11:30

    Welcome talk and refreshments (tea/coffee/water and muffins/pastries)

    The Arts Centre and the Quad Theatre

    11:30 – 12:15

    Group workshop - dance and ensemble work (Musical Theatre)

    Group Workshop - Physical, vocal and group work (Acting)

    Quad Theatre and Tempest Studio

    12:15 – 12:45

    Break with lunch provided to candidates, staff and Student Ambassadors

    The Arts Centre

    12:45 onwards

    Individual Auditions (20 minutes each) to include 2 speeches, 1 classical and 1 contemporary for Acting or a speech and a song for Musical Theatre

    Quad Theatre and Tempest Studio


    You may leave once your individual auditions are complete.

The Decision

The audition panel score each candidate on each of the 8 categories:

  • Group workshop
    • Group work
    • Vocal skill
    • Physicality
    • Improvisation skills
  • Solo audition
    • Charaterisation
    • Vocal skill
    • physical skill
    • Ability to take direction

Each category is rated 1-4 (4 = excellent, 3=criteria met, 2 = borderline and 1 = poor) and the scores are agreed and totalled. If the candidate scores above 22 they will be offered a place, under 18 they will be declined. A candidate scoring between 18 and 22 will then be discussed at length by the panel and a decision will be made after taking the whole audition especially the interview section into consideration.

Candidates should check UCAS Track in the first instance for a decision.