Auditions and Interviews

Mountview is committed to offering training to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. To reflect this our admissions policy is focused on performance at audition or interview rather than on academic qualifications.

AUDITIONS

The process is designed to explore your current and potential abilities, and your suitability for a career in the profession.

In order to make auditions accessible to as many people as possible we have now introduced an online first round audition and interview process, saving candidates the time and cost of travelling to London. Applicants who do not have access to space or equipment to fulfil this should contact our Admissions team. Please email admissions@mountview.org.uk

Auditions and interviews are open to students who will be 18 or over (Foundation and Undergraduate courses) or 21 and over (Postgraduate courses) at the time of course entry.

Please be aware that the MA Performance courses may become full before 1 June 2021 and in this event candidates may only be offered a reserve place or applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

 

Performance

First Round Online Auditions

First round Foundation, BA and MA Performance auditions will take place online. Candidates will need to submit a film of them performing their selected material as outlined below. Details of how to submit the application, along with tips and filming advice will be sent upon application.

There is a £20 online audition fee for first round auditions.

Recalls

Successful candidates for BA and MA Performance will be invited to Mountview for a second round of in-person workshops and auditions, subject to a £25 recall audition fee. Further details about recalls will be provided should you be successful about digital phase. 

For certain BA Performance courses there may be a full-day final round of in-person auditions at Mountview for a limited number of candidates. More details will be provided at the recall stage. There is no fee for this.

We work with a network of organisations across the UK who identify talented young performers and production artists for whom the cost of auditioning is prohibitive. We provide free auditions and, if successful, bursary support. There are also a number of free first-round auditions available for individuals from low income households.

Please note we do not provide feedback on performance at auditions.

Free Audition for Southwark Residents

If you live in Southwark, you will be eligible to apply for one free audition for one of our Foundation, BA or MA Performance courses.

To register your interest, please email admissions@mountview.org.uk with the title ‘Free Southwark Audition’ and include a proof of address document (i.e. driving licence, a recent letter from your school/college, mobile phone bill). You must also include the course you would like to apply for.

Once we have verified your address, we will email you with further details on how to apply.

Foundation

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 2000
  • 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

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • one monologue (classical or contemporary)
  • 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)

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Acting candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 2000
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800

You may choose a speech from any gender.

The classical speech may be from Shakespeare or 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 in translation please ensure that it is written in poetic verse rather than a modern adaptation that simplifies the form and content.

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 for second round in-person auditions. These include workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your audition. There is no fee for this.

For first round online auditions, Actor Musicianship candidates are asked to perform:

  • A classical and a contemporary monologue from the Acting criteria

  • A piece on their instrument or your choice in any style and from any period, lasting no longer than 2.5 minutes

You may choose a speech from any gender. 

The classical speech may be from Shakespeare or 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 in translation please ensure that it is written in poetic verse rather than a modern adaptation that simplifies the form and content. Please choose a character close to your own age and perform in your native accent.

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 for second round in-person auditions. These include workshops, including a storytelling workshop with your instrument, and panel auditions where you will perform your speeches again to our Heads of Department. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first audition. There is no fee for this.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • one monologue (classical or contemporary)

  • two songs

  • a dance piece

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.

You may choose a speech from any gender. 

The classical speech may be from Shakespeare or 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 in translation please ensure that it is written in poetic verse rather than a modern adaptation that simplifies the form and content. Please choose a character close to your own age and perform in your native accent.

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

The two songs can either both be from musicals or one can be from a musical and one from a genre of your choice. Please note that songs must show two contrasting vocal approaches, with one demonstrating the more classical style associated with musical theatre. The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

You will also need to submit a self-tape performing a short dance routine and technical exercise. Instruction and choreography will be sent on application. The required routine will take into consideration that you may have limited space to perform at home.

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your audition. There is no fee for this.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate Acting candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 2000
  • 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 movement and improvisation workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your audition. There is no fee for this.

Please be aware that spaces may become full before May 31 2021 and in this event you may only be offered a reserve place or applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

Postgraduate Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • two monologues (classical or contemporary)

  • two songs

You may choose a speech from any gender. 

The classical speech may be from Shakespeare or 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 in translation please ensure that it is written in poetic verse rather than a modern adaptation that simplifies the form and content. Please choose a character close to your own age and perform in your native accent.

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

The two songs can either both be from musicals or one can be from a musical and one from a genre of your choice. Please note that songs must show two contrasting vocal approaches, with one demonstrating the more classical style associated with musical theatre. The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

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 a dance workshop, acting through song workshop and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your audition. There is no fee for this.

Please be aware that spaces may become full before May 31 2021 and in this event you may only be offered a reserve place or applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

INTERVIEWS

For some courses there is a £10 interview fee.

Theatre Production Arts & Scenic Art and Prop Making

For Theatre Production Arts (SoundLighting or Stage Management) candidates there is a short online interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

Scenic Art and Prop Making candidates will be invited for an online interview, where they can learn more about the course and life at Mountview.  Candidates selected for a further, second round interview will be invited to present a portfolio of their artwork. This may be in person or online.

There is no application fee.

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 candidates are invited to an online interview with the course leader at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. Some courses require a portfolio of work. There is a £10 interview fee.

Please be aware that due to the limited amount of places available for Creative Producing, Musical Direction and Theatre Directing, these courses may become full before 31 May 2021 and in this event applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.