Auditions and Interviews

All courses at Mountview are subject to entry via an audition or interview. This gives us the opportunity to meet you face-to-face, and also gives you the chance to experience Mountview life.

AUDITIONS

At Mountview we believe passionately that you can’t spot a Performance student’s real potential through just a three-minute monologue or song. You’ve taken the time to apply and prepare and we want to see you at your best.

Therefore at audition you will be with us for the full day.

At £45 Mountview’s audition fees are among the lowest nationally and we offer a number of free places for students unable to afford the cost. The fees cover the costs of the day’s workshops and panel auditions (see details below). Mountview holds first round performance auditions in cities across the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle as well as at our studios in north London. Please note we do not provide feedback on performance at auditions.

Foundation

You will take part in a movement/improvisation workshop and present classical and contemporary monologues. There will also be an informal interview.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Audition Dates

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

During the morning session you’ll take part in acting, singing and dance auditions. You may be invited to stay on for the afternoon to take part in a further round of acting and singing workshops and an interview.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

Audition Dates

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Actors take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview.

Actors are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

First Round Audition Dates: London

Saturday 8 December
Saturday 15 December
Thursday 10 January
Friday 11 January
Saturday 2 February
Monday 25 February
Tuesday 26 February
Friday 1 March
Saturday 16 March

Further dates to be announced

Recalls: London

Thursday 25 April
Friday 26 April
Saturday 27 April
Sunday 28 April

First Round Auditions: Regional Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

First Round Auditions: International Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

Undergraduate Actor Musicians take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview. Actor Musicians also perform on their chosen instrument.

Actor Musicians are asked to prepare:

  • One monologue in prose from a play written after 1997.
  • One classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • One solo instrumental piece of any music genre.
  • One song. This can be sung either self-accompanied on any instrument of your choice, or you can bring sheet music for the panel accompanist.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that the songs must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes – you may make cuts if necessary
  • Reflect your current ability level

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

First Round Auditions: London

Saturday 15 December
Friday 11 January
Friday 1 March

Further dates to be announced

Recalls: London

Saturday 11 May

First Round Auditions: Regional Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

First Round Auditions: International Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

Musical Theatre candidates take part in a dance class, starting with a full-body warm up and corner exercises before learning and performing a short jazz/modern dance routine. They also perform one of their chosen songs and speeches. We always see all three disciplines – singing, acting and dance – as we think this is imperative in order to see your potential as a musical theatre actor.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

First Round Auditions: London

Saturday 8 December
Saturday 15 December
Thursday 10 January
Friday 11 January
Wednesday 27 February (9:30am and 2:30pm)
Thursday 28 February (9:30am and 2:30pm)
Friday 1 March
Saturday 2 March (2:30pm)

Recalls: London

Saturday 6 April
Friday 12 April
Saturday 13 April

First Round Auditions: Regional Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

First Round Auditions: International Locations

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate acting candidates will take part in a morning of movement/improvisation workshops and present classic and contemporary monologues. There is a recall audition on the same day with selected candidates invited to stay on for further workshops, monologue sessions and an interview in the afternoon.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Audition Dates: London

Saturday 15 December
Friday 11 January
Saturday 2 March

Further dates to be announced

 

Audition Dates: International

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

Musical Theatre candidates all have a morning of singing and dance auditions. Select candidates asked to stay for second-round auditions and an interview in the afternoon.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

Audition Dates: London

Saturday 8 December
Thursday 10 January
Saturday 2 March

Audition Dates: International

2018/19 audition dates to be announced.

INTERVIEWS

There are no fees for interviews for Theatre Production Arts, Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site-Specific Theatre Practice, Theatre for Community and Education or Theatre Directing courses.

Theatre Production Arts & Scenic Art and Prop Making

Theatre Production Arts (Sound, Lighting or Stage Management) and Scenic Art and Prop Making candidates visit Mountview for a half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the Academy. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

Interview Dates

Theatre Production Arts

Tuesday 27 November
Tuesday 11 December
Tuesday 29 January
Tuesday 5 March
Tuesday 2 April
Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 11 June

Scenic Art and Prop Making

Thursday 8 November
Thursday 13 December
Thursday 10 January
Thursday 7 February
Thursday 7 March
Thursday 4 April

Creative Producing, Theatre Directing, Musical Direction, Site-Specific Theatre Practice & Theatre, Community and Education

Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site Specific Theatre, Theatre, Community and Education, Theatre Directing and Theatre Production Arts candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. Some courses require a portfolio of work. There is no application fee.