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.
All students on the foundation course will be offered an audition for the BA course for the following year. It should be noted that attendance on the foundation course 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, Gabrielle Anwar, Lynsey Baxter, Tracie Bennett, Russell Brand, Noel Coward, Karla Crome, Jamie Davies, Letitia Dean, Barbara Ferris, Karen Gillen, Jamie Foreman, Linzi Hately, Patsy Kensit, Matt Lapinskas, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Lesley Manville, Hans Matheson, Lisa Maxwell, Daniel Mays , Martine McCutcheon, Anton Rogers, Julia and Nadia Sawalha, Lucy Speed, Nina Toussaint-White, Tracy Ullman.
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 Foundation Course, 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.
‘Harvest’ by Richard Bean, Directed by Martin Berry – Avondale Theatre
Applicants are selected on their perceived ability to benefit from and successfully complete the foundation course.
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 Foundation Course will normally be over 17 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.
Foundation Students are entitled to attend all academy performances at Avondale throughout the year for free. (subject to ticket availability).
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