Term 1 introduces you to the fundamental principles which support a successful performance.
Acting classes are underpinned by Stanislavski’s system and focus on creating and communicating believable characters, situations and relationships through work on text and improvisation. You are introduced to vocal and physical usage through voice and movement classes. Audition practice helps you select and work on appropriate monologues (contemporary and classical) and songs for future auditions. A programme of theatre visits and excursions will be accompanied by contextual studies classes in which you will be encouraged to objectively appraise performances, yourself as an actor and develop your awareness of the work of actors, directors, theatre companies and writers currently working in the industry.
Term 2 consolidates and develops the work of term 1.
Starting with an intensive period of audition preparation and practice, you will refine and polish the speeches required for Drama School auditions. Mock auditions are held with an industry expert to improve audition technique. Interview skills and professional preparation workshops enable you to develop your personal and promotional skills in order to support your application to drama schools and elsewhere. The balance of the term is focused on the rehearsal and performance of a workshop production which will take place in the Sheridan Studio at the end of term. More advanced voice and movement classes support this project and increase your ability to work expressively and with flexibility. A programme of short workshops is also embedded into the timetable to allow a diversifying of approaches to training and practice, where sessions might include Meisner Technique, Acting for Camera, Period Dance, Clowning etc (please note that this workshop programme may change from year to year)
Term 3 offers a diverse range of intensive projects, focused on specific performance practices such as Acting for camera, Commedia Dell’Arte, Musical Theatre and a Devising project, (please note that this programme may change from year to year).
The focus of the work is on applying skills in practice, widening understanding of performance in all its many aspects and extending your work as an actor across the widest possible skill set. This helps to provide a solid base of skills and knowledge, whatever your next steps within the profession may be.
All students on the CertHE programme will be offered an audition for the BA programme for the following year. It should be noted that attendance on the CertHE programme does not guarantee you a place on the BA programme.
‘Chicken Shop’ by Anna Jordan, Directed by Chris White and Bradley Leech – The Sheridan Studio
You will be taught by a team of industry specialists who have extensive experience of the audition processes used by both professional theatre companies and the country’s leading drama schools. In addition all of the Academy staff are successful professional practitioners (actors, directors, dialect coaches, movement directors) with excellent industry links. We also work very closely with leading casting directors and theatre agents.
Italia Conti graduates populate the performance industries and include, Tom Ainsley, Leon Annor, Gabrielle Anwar, Russell Brand, Jennifer Brooke, Karla Crome, Jonno Davies, Letitia Dean, Mark Ebulué, Jess Ellis, Barbara Ferris, Karen Gillan, Jamie Foreman, Linzi Hately, Aisling Jarrett-Gavin, Matt Lapinskas, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Lesley Manville, Hans Matheson, Daniel Mays, Bethany Muir, James Nelson-Joyce, Racheal Ofori, Gemma Salter, Julia and Nadia Sawalha, Lucie Shorthouse, Daniel Francis Swaby, Gary Trainor, Nina Toussaint-White, Tracy Ullman, Dwane Walcott and Gabby Wong.
Italia Conti will interview and audition all applicants. As soon as we have received your completed audition form and your audition fee of £45 we will send you further details and an audition date. At the audition you will be asked to present two contrasting monologues, one from a list of Shakespeare plays that you will be sent and one modern speech (post 1960). You will also take part in an improvisation workshop designed to help you relax and get to know your fellow applicants. Finally, you will have an interview with the audition panel during which you will be asked to talk about your views and ideas about theatre, your interests outside the theatre, your aspirations and previous experience, in order to ascertain your readiness to undertake such a rigorous course.
Please note: If you have auditioned for the Acting BA (Hons) at Italia Conti and the panel feel it would benefit you to undertake the CertHE programme, you will be informed in writing.
Auditions usually take place during the spring term and you are advised to submit your application form as soon as possible to ensure an early audition date. On the audition day you will have the opportunity to meet Italia Conti students who will answer any questions you may have about the course and the Academy. Afternoon sessions can finish as late as 6pm so you are advised to make necessary travel arrangements. Also please note there are no catering facilities at Avondale and so you are advised to bring your own lunch, although there are cafes and shops nearby.
All CertHE students will be offered an audition free of charge for the BA programme for the following year. It should be noted that attendance on the CertHE programme does not guarantee you a place on the BA programme.
‘Harvest’ by Richard Bean, Directed by Martin Berry – Avondale Theatre
Applicants are selected on their perceived ability to benefit from and successfully complete the CertHE programme.
The Academy recognises that academic qualifications offer only a limited indication of your capacity to do well on this course. However, applicants who would most profit from the CertHE programme will normally be over 18 years of age by the start of the course and have achieved either:
- 1 AS level
- 3 GCSE Grades A* to C
- a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts
Applications are welcomed from mature candidates and in the case of applicants over the age of 21 formal academic requirements may not be necessary.
CertHE programme students are entitled to attend all academy performances at Avondale throughout the year for free.
Fees do not include the provision of playscripts, theatre trips and excursions. Students should expect also to budget themselves for providing books, rehearsal clothing and small items of props and costume.
The academy reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.
‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Phil Clark – The Avondale Theatre