Final round audition – Bristol Old Vic

Now for BOV there are only 2 rounds as out of the 3000 that apply only about 200/250 are recalled, as they were telling us on the day; so this was technically the final!

I was actually meant to have this recall on a different date but thank the lord Bristol let me change!! (for personal reasons but it’s all good as I had my audition in the end.)

The day started at 9am and I came into the main room with lots of chairs facing a TV, funnily enough, showing last years BOV grads. This boy called Sam got chatting to me and he was telling me he was here last year for the final so I was able to ask him lots of questions! I was feeling good and really looking forward to the rest of the day. We were then split into different groups that would go around the different panellists on a carousel so to speak. My first session was… improv.

DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN

Okay now don’t look at me like that – I know you dread it too!! And if you don’t well, bravo. You’ll be a wonderful actor. Screw you.

If I think back on the session though it actually wasn’t that bad and dare I say it, fun? The whole class was just very free and playful and I felt closer to my group for it, which was lovely 😀 The lady taking our class was awesome so all in all it was a fabulous first taste of Bristol!

The next session was ‘the audition’ in the black box of doom as I like to call it. You literally do your speeches, filmed, in a black box theatre with all the heads of facilities watching. I felt mine went okay, not as good as usual, but alright. They film you at Bristol because they see so many people, so I think they use that as a reminder of who’s who. But never fear they delete all footage after the audition process so your 2016 rendition of Romeo won’t be popping up on youtube 10 years down the line at your Eastender’s reunion. So they tell you.

After the audition we had a finance talk and yada yada yada all good and well. If you don’t have the money you can’t go. Yippee.

Moving on to the next session which was movement. The lady taking this session was an ex professional dancer I think? But she seemed really into the whole class which was exciting for me because if I want to go to drama school for anything it’s passionate teachers. We used a lot of core strength in this class, so for instance, one move she had us do with a partner was to crawl sideways on our hands and tips toes and keep as close to the floor as we could but not touching it by letting our torso fall. Whilst doing this we had to remain direct eye contact with our partner. It was really physically demanding but also quite powerful to watch, as you couldn’t let your eye contact break. Continuing on with the partner work we had to respond physically to our partner’s first move in a next exercise and try to keep a momentum flowing. A bit dance like to be honest but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Then it was lunch time and a well needed break to be fed and watered and ready to go for the second part of the day.

The first session after lunch was kind of like the improvisation but it wasn’t. The session was called ‘speeches’ but we only performed our modern monologue and then we did improv after that. I preferred the way I did my modern in the black box of doom then in this class. I don’t know something just felt a bit off to the way I did it here. But the improv part was fun as we got to think and create a character by picking up one of the hats left for us to choose at the back of the class. We then all had different hats on and by effect had all created different characters. We listened to everyone’s character and then we had to swap hats and perform their characters as well. It was an interesting session to say the least!

After this session we went to see this lovely old man, who I forget the name of now, to redirect our Shakey, and then after that go in individually to have our interview with the Head and Senior tutor of the school. So I did my shakey and the old man got everyone in the room to participate in my redirection to act as listeners in the scene. He said I really let loose of the emotion the second time I did it and I felt that myself, so I was so glad I got to work with him. Then after this I went to another room to have my interview. The panel were absolutely lovely. They asked me what I’m up to at the moment and about my past two years and seemed really interested in what I had to say. Also they asked the usual – how are you getting on with the other schools – and they said I had done very well which was nice to hear 🙂 They asked to see my Shakey piece and I did it with the redirection in mind, speaking it to the senior tutor, and it was great because he was giving me emotion!!! Oh my lord I was thinking finally this is why I want to come to drama school!! (Plus it was lovely to work with such a great actor!) The head, her name was Jenny, told me it had improved from the black box of doom. Woo. Good news. Then Jenny asked to see my modern as well and she decided to sit in the scene with me and reacted off of my modern. They were both laughing and giggling and they seemed to really enjoy it. They thanked me and then said I could go.

After this we had one more session to go … oh yeah the day is still going people! We had singing! And this was in THE smallest room so your voice echoes and bounces off the walls straight into your ears. Be prepared to sound loud in that room. It was a guy taking the singing and he tested our vocal range and asked about any singing history we had. We all sung our unaccompanied songs individually and then that was it.

Finally, the day had finished! We were all brought back to the initial room we started in and Jenny sat us all down and basically had ‘the talk’ with us. And I’m sure you can guess what talk that was. I can tell you now, it was deeply depressing. She mainly talked about the stats of people getting in. 12 people. Guys it’s so hard to get into this place. However, she congratualted us all for getting to this stage as she said if you weren’t good you wouldn’t be here! And I was proud of getting this far because the year before I didn’t even get to this stage, so it was awesome to spend the day at Bristol. I unfortunately did not get into this school but hell, it was great day. What a lovely place and what lovely teachers. If I don’t get Drama Centre, LAMDA or RADA this year I’ll definitely be applying here again.

Till next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

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