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. Digital submissions require no additional equipment other than yourself and a device to record on – this can be a mobile phone. A large space to audition in is not essential, and if you only have access to a small space you will not be penalized.

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 3 June 2022 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.

Digital submissions require no additional equipment other than yourself and a device to record on – this can be a mobile phone. A large space to audition in is not essential, and if you only have access to a small space you will not be penalized.

There is a £25 online audition fee for first round auditions.

Recalls

Successful candidates will be invited for an in-person recall. Further details about recalls will be provided and may be subject to changes following government COVID-19 guidance.

There is a £20 audition fee for recall auditions.

For BA Acting and Musical Theatre courses, it is anticipated there will be a final third phase in-person audition for a limited number of candidates. More details will be provided should you be successful at second recall phase. 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

In addition to the criteria above, 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. 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

Creative Response

You will be given five articles. These vary from newspaper articles, classified adverts to images. You will be asked to choose one of these articles and submit a creative response to that article/advert or image. Your creative response can take any form you would like, but should be performance-based and have you in it. The response should be no longer than 1 ½ minutes.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • one monologue (classical or contemporary)
  • two contrasting songs

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.

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 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)

Creative Response

You will be given five articles. These vary from newspaper articles, classified adverts to images. You will be asked to choose one of these articles and submit a creative response to that article/advert or image. Your creative response can take any form you would like, but should be performance-based and have you in it. The response should be no longer than 1 ½ minutes.

Undergraduate

Acting candidates are asked to prepare:

  • One contemporary monologue in prose from a play written after 2000
  • One speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800
  • One physical storytelling piece

Speeches

You may choose a speech from any gender.

The speech in verse 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.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each. The panel will stop watching if monologues exceed this time limit
  • 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 own accent

Physical Storytelling

Candidates will also be asked to prepare a piece of physical storytelling. You will be given a list of instructions and asked to film yourself responding to these directions. Please be aware that there is not a right or wrong way to perform this task. We are interested in how you use YOUR body to tell a story. The piece should be no more than 2 minutes long.

Recalls

Following the first round auditions, we invite a limited number of candidates back for our recall auditions. These include workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first round audition.

Actor Musicianship candidates are asked to prepare:

  • One instrumental piece on an instrument of your choice, lasting no longer than 3 minutes OR two instrumental pieces on any two instruments of your choice, lasting no longer than 3 minutes combined
  • One contemporary monologue in prose from a play written after 2000
  • One speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800
  • One physical storytelling piece

Music

  • Please make sure your piece(s) reflect your technical capacity and current ability level
  • You may make cuts if necessary to keep within the time restraints
  • The pieces can be from any genre of your choosing and can be performed with or without accompaniment
  • Please note that for the purposes of this audition, the voice is not considered an instrument

Speeches

You may choose a speech from any gender.

The speech in verse 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 that is in translation, please ensure that it is written in poetic verse rather than modern adaptation that simplifies the form and content.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each. The panel will stop watching if monologues exceed this time limit
  • 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 own accent

Physical Storytelling

Candidates will also be asked to prepare a piece of physical storytelling. You will be given a list of instructions and asked to film yourself responding to these directions. Please be aware that there is not a right or wrong way to perform this task. We are interested in how you use YOUR body to tell a story. The piece should be no more than 2 minutes long.

Recalls

Following the first round auditions, we invite a limited number of candidates back for our recall auditions. These include workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first round audition.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • One monologue – a speech in verse or contemporary monologue of your choice
  • Two contrasting songs
  • One dance routine

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.

Speeches

The speech in verse 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 own accent. You may choose any gender for 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 own accent

Songs

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.

Dance

You will 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.

Recalls

Following the first round auditions, we invite a limited number of candidates back for our recall auditions. These include workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first round audition.

Postgraduate

MA Acting candidates are asked to prepare:

  • One monologue in prose from a play written after 2000
  • One 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 any gender for your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each. The panel will stop watching if monologues exceed this time limit
  • 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 own accent

We invite a limited number of candidates back for recall auditions. These include movement and improvisation workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first round audition.

Please be aware that spaces may become full before 3 June 2022 and in this event you may only be offered a reserve place or applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

MA Musical Theatre candidates are asked to prepare;

  • Two contrasting songs – both songs from a musical OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice. Please choose songs that give you the opportunity to act through them.

Please note that songs:

  • Must demonstrate two contrasting vocal approaches: a lyrical approach (associated with the term ‘legit’ in musical theatre singing) and a contemporary one. At least one song must be from a musical and one from either a musical or a genre of your own choice.
  • Last no longer than three minutes each. The panel will stop watching if songs exceed this time limit.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key should you be recalled).
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them.
  • The 6 volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology (6 for each voice type: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and Bass) represent an excellent source of material. Songs can be selected from those volumes or chosen freely from the musical theatre repertoire, provided that the contrast in vocal approaches is displayed.

We invite a limited number of candidates back for recall auditions. These include a dance workshop, acting through song workshop and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first round audition.

Please be aware that spaces may become full before 3 June 2022 and in this event you may only be offered a reserve place or applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

INTERVIEWS

There is no interview fee for Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Theatre for Community and Education, Site-Specific Theatre Practice, Theatre Directing, Theatre Production Arts and Scenic Art and Prop-Making courses.

Theatre Production Arts & Scenic Art and Prop Making

All Theatre Production Arts candidates will take part in a first-round interview with senior course tutors, at which you will discuss your interests, influences and production arts experience. You will be required to submit examples of work. This will be either online or, if possible, at Mountview with the opportunity to meet staff and students and tour our building and theatres.

Scenic Art and Prop Making candidates may be asked 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 and Theatre for Community and Education

You will take part in a first round interview with the course leader at which you will discuss your interests, influences and previous experience. This may take place online or in-person. You may be required to submit a portfolio of work.

For Musical Direction you will attend an audition at which you will perform two pieces that you have pre-prepared (1 classical and 1 musical theatre), sight-read, coach a singer and conclude with a short interview. More information will be provided once your application has been received.

Please be aware that due to the limited amount of places available, these courses may become full before 3 June 2022 and in this event applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

There is no application fee for these courses.