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Recall audition – Man Met/MST and Drama Centre update

Hello!!

Guys I actually really enjoyed my Manchester School of Theatre recall – it was so much fun 😀

Contrary to the small numbers at my first round, the recall had so many more! Apparently Man Met (in some cases) now have a third recall which is new to their audition system. Meaning there are more people applying and therefore more competition – woo.

But anyway let’s get to the positive.

When I walked in one of the teachers caught my glance and smiled at me so I thought that she perhaps recognised me from last year!! And I began the day in a pretty good mood 🙂 So the day started with a fabulous group warm up. I say fabulous because it felt very Central esque. And if you’ve read my Central blog I’m sure you’ll understand because today there was A LOT of people. Holey Moley. We were asked to run around the space and because there was so many of us there I thought I was going to hit into someone!! But thankfully I didn’t. Others did.

We did other things as well like stretching and breathing into the body, I guess just to calm people’s nerves and get ready for the day. So then we were split into about 3 groups and we had 3 different morning workshops: movement, voice and speeches.

Firstly, I had movement and the lady was stressing ‘we’re not looking for dancers, we are looking for physically imaginative actors.’ Well. I thought, thank goodness, because I am not that brilliant of a dancer!! But I enjoyed the movement and I’m glad that was my first class because it really woke me up! ( I was so tired coming because I hardly had any sleep the night before from worrying 🙈) bit of a pointless worrier over here! The next class was voice and I really enjoyed that sesh! The beginning focused on just getting our voices out firstly! Then that developed into humming whilst shaking out parts of the body to allow the breath to drop down. We also worked on using movement as a way of finding and discovering new sounds and I found it quite interesting. We had to do this later individually, which required you to be really in the moment. The next sesh was speeches and I thought this went alright! Just 2 monologues again and a bit of redirection and then that was it. Pretty good.

After the morning workshops the course leader basically said you need to go away and have lunch for 50 mins while we talk about you! So yeah – more scrumptious, nail biting, waiting for drama school results. I actually had to nibble on the breakfast that I failed to eat in the morning because I was so nervous. It’s so odd I was so nervous for this audition and usually I’m completely cool and fine. But OH no, not today. After a few bites of my breakfast and after having the break we all made our way back to the main room to find out the result. Now, at this point the course director was explaining that some will be recalled to the afternoon sesh and some will not, but he said if you’re not asked back for the afternoon then it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been rejected! (Sounds very Central, tell me about it) but basically some people from that point could be asked for a 3rd recall on a different day (which was what I was trying to explain before) or be given an offer, or rejection. Still trying to figure that whole thing out but not to worry – I was recalled to the afternoon sesh, yay!!

Now if we take a blast from the past I was here last year. So, to be honest, I was feeling just a smidge of pressure, but mostly good feelings! There was 8 of us left and I was called up half way through to do my monologues in the round, full of teachers and the other auditionees. Scary. I did both my classical and modern and then they redirected my classical, making me do it in several different ways. When I sat down I felt like I really gave it my best go and I was happy with myself. Not in a narcissistic way but I was happy with myself because I had tried my best. After everyone had been up the course director said we will find out our result very soon!!!

Ah don’t you just love waiting.

I love it so much. Can’t you tell?

Actually on the thought of waiting I have news!!! So after four rounds of Drama Centre auditions I finally have a result…

 

I am on the waiting list for the BA Acting.

MORE WAITING GAHHHHHH

(There’s 16 places with only  8 slots for girls… trying not to cry) and they still have 1st round auditions all the way up in April and May!!

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this. Am I sad or happy? I just don’t know. But HEY it’s not a rejection – which is a good thing. So yeah, I’m happy I’m not rejected!!

Till next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

 

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Final round audition- Drama Centre

This was my first final round of the year. The big fromage. But I was feeling good and ready to go.

Going back to Drama Centre was exciting and I was looking forward to essentially a day of training at the school! If you guys check out Louise’s blog – ‘Another Drama School Blog’ she gives a pretty clear view of the day and it was pretty similar to mine.

The day started at 9am and I saw 3 people who were at my third round and we all congregated in the middle of the building waiting for the instructions from the student helper. I noticed that they were holding MA auditions and BA first rounds on the same day of the BA final, so it was quite an operation that Drama Centre were running!

There was about 17 of us there for the final round and we were split into 3 groups for the morning. I had 3 x 45 minute sessions of improvisation, voice and movement. The improv was a little scary but I think it’s more of a fear of the unknown with improv which makes me edgy – but all in all a good and stimulating sesh! The voice sesh was sooo good and the lady made me feel so at ease when I walked in. We just did general exercises to free the voice and walked around the space trying to fill it with these exercises in mind. The movement … Ah the movement. I am completely agreeing with Louise that an ice bath is in order because oh my sweet lord I thought I was going to hurl in that movement class.

But hallelujah I survived.

Almost.

Throughout these morning sessions we had a 2nd year BA acting student who took us round and sat in our classes. I’ve noticed at Drama Centre that they actually allow the acting students to be a part of the panel (which isn’t like most schools) as you usually get graduates of the school watching you, not current students. But I think that’s great in a way. Made me feel a lot calmer actually, so I didn’t mind. We had about 30 mins for lunch and then our groups were switched around again for our afternoon sessions.

The afternoon sessions consisted of speeches, sight reading and singing. The speeches session was really more of an intense workshop to see if you could be redirected in a different way. It was challenging but enjoyable as well because you felt like you were being creatively stretched! Plus you can’t go wrong with a bit of Shakey now 😉 aka drama heaven 😀 The singing and sight reading wasn’t that scary either :’) After those 3 sessions we had another break for about 20 minutes and then we were all back infront of the whole panel to do our speech we worked on earlier. We were split into 3 different groups again and we all went up and one at a time performed our speech in our group while the panel made notes.

Going to be honest, everyone was pretty damn good. I definitely felt like I was at a final round. We then had a Q&A sesh and then we finally left.

I felt like I had done my best and I got on with everyone I had worked with that day. Regardless of the result, I met a lot of like-minded people who were genuinely interested in things and so were in effect interesting. The day for me was also a learning opportunity as I got my speech worked by a professional tutor and I got to watch everyone’s speeches.

Quick sidetrack but definitely relevant – the 2nd year student told me that this year for the 2016 entry 4,200 applications had been made for the BA Acting course at Drama Centre!! :O Whereas last year there was only 3,900 applications, which by the way is only for 16 slots to fill… God do I dislike talking drama school numbers but my extremely long-winded point is that I’m so happy that I made it to the final.

Hopefully I will know of the result soon!

Next up is the man met recall x

 

 

 

 

 

National Youth Theatre audition & Drama Centre news (16th of February 2016)

Hiya. I’m back again. 😀

The National Youth Theatre/NYT. A young person’s dream who’s interested in drama. Well, it’s been my dream for a long time. Anyways, shall we get to the audition? Okay let’s go.

Today I decided to go to the London headquarters of the National Youth Theatre. Been dabbling in regionals a couple of times now so I decided for the lucky 2016 to come down to the old smoke!

So I walked in to a green room to tens of hopefuls waiting! Everybody gets a sticker to write your name on and then you are split into 2 groups. Leading my group was the lovely Joan and Tom, who were both theatre professionals. Honestly, this year I really enjoyed my workshop. I didn’t feel pressurised or anything. Just had a laugh. The morning workshop is just about having fun and listening to your ensemble. Lots of fun dancing like nobody is watching, playing Sherrif or ‘bang’ as some of you may call it and unraveling yourself out of a giant human knot – literally. Arms, legs, hands etc. You get to know your group pretty well.

After the workshop you have a lunch break and then everybody is given their own time to audition to one of your workshop leaders. In your separate audition one of the NYT ambassadors also joins in just to watch, or to help you if needed which is reassuring. NYT really makes you feel comfortable at all times. I’ve always had the feeling that they’re looking out for you and that they want you to do well!

I hope I did enough this year. But if not, I’ll be back!! And I’m sure I would enjoy it again because of the lovely time I had today! If you have any NYT stories/ experiences that you would like to share please leave a comment – would love to hear all about it 😀

So the news from Drama Centre…

 

I GOT TO THE FINAL RECALL – CAN I HEAR A HELL YEAH!!

🙊 x

 

 

 

Drama Centre audition (13th of February 2016)

Heads up, this is like the longest blog ever, sorry. Feeling particularly descriptive today. Enjoy.

Drama Centre *cough* trauma centre… wait, who said that?

(jokes, jokes)

This was such a tiring day oh.my.days. I feel sleepy just thinking about it. Drama Centre is part of the University of the Arts London (UAL) / Central Saint Martins – still figuring it all out, but BASICALLY Drama Centre is a very classical and accredited drama school in the UK. (Also, nice scrumptious fact, a lot of the RADA tutors teach here 😉 including the course director, who was the course director at RADA a few years ago before Ed Kemp.) Interesting stuff, I know.

Anyway, the audition day consists of 3 stages which you have to pass to get to the next, and then after that day there is another final recall day – so it’s a lengthy and rigorous process. First of all, UAL is absolutely massive and kind of intimidating if you ask me. I found it a bit overwhelming to be honest, but I found and made my way to the reception (which was a task in itself!!) so definitely google search this place before you audition.

Much to my luck, I was the first applicant to be seen out of the 50-60 people there, or maybe more, who knows. No pressure ey. So my name was called by the student and I walked into a medium sized, well lit room with a smiling panel of two; one middle aged woman and man. (Much like LAMDA and RADA panels.) I performed my two pieces and I thought they went alright and then I sat down for a brief chat. They asked me what I had been doing lately, asked me about the theatre I had done, and finally asked ‘why acting.’ I really dislike the question ‘why acting.’ I can never find the right words. When I do, I try to express it in some form of understandable language and then it just comes out as this cheesy, mushy and gushy line of bullshit. Okay, I have just ventilated out some drama school anger. I like writing this blog.

Back to the audition. So, remember me telling you how tired I was? Yeah, I had a beautiful 3 hour wait till the first dreaded list was put up. Fabulous, I thought. Note my sarcasm. Now you would think sitting is pretty much the laziest way to spend 3 hours, but trust me, it was 3 hours of major worrying over that bloody list! So my advice for anyone auditioning for Drama Centre is just get out of there and don’t look at ALL of the other auditionees going and coming out of the panels for 3 hours. Not healthy.

Finally, after the terrible wait one of the grads came over to the swarm of auditionees, clutching a clipboard with one of those expressions ‘ah, better luck next time.’ To my surprise, the guy was very genuine and real in his rejection speech to us all. He congratulated everyone for just having the balls to audition and I don’t know what it was but I got a real authentic vibe from him. Eventhough he only had 12 names on that list and that he fully well knew that 75% were about to be rejected, he was really nice about it. So props to him I guess.

Everyone always runs up to the lists at drama school auditions. I don’t like it. Freaks me out and I ahhh there’s something really cruel about lists but nobody likes rejection. Anyways, so I waited a bit and slowly made my way to the list. No… it can’t be… Did I just see? Yep, there it was, at the top. My name and my shakespeare piece they wanted to see.

And do you know what I thought? I’ve got bloody MORE waiting to do!!

(But I was secretly happy and relieved… Being recalled to the second round was a good feeling but I only had 30 mins for lunch and then I was first in again. Woo.)

The Second Round. Different Panel. Someone famous and I won’t say who because I don’t want anyone figuring out who I am from this blog (being anonymous and all :P) because I literally freaked OUT in front of all the other auditonees when I saw this guy. I was just so happy he was on my panel and I got to perform my shakey to him!! The second round was basically to see if you could reinvent your speech. I did mine a couple of different ways and it was fun, I really enjoyed playing around with my speech. Then they did the interview bit again and asked me again about my gap year, why drama centre and where this all started. I left the room feeling happy, even if I wasn’t recalled, I felt like I did my best.

And then… you’ve guessed it… more waiting… so I’ll skip to the list for your reading pleasure.

I got my things together and made my way to the list… honestly, it’s so dramatic walking up to that list. There it was again, oh my gosh, I got through to the third round. What?!

The Third Round was a workshop in front of a whole line of panellists and students from the school. We started with walking round the space at different speeds and just did improv exercises and games whilst the line of panellists made notes. Then we did this slow mo running exercise and then that was it. A younger lady, who must have been on another panel, told us that we would receive an email to say no thanks/ recall for another course/ or final recall day. I’m not sure to be honest if I’m going to get a final recall, I don’t know whether I stood out enough in the final workshop, but we will have to wait and see.

This has been a long blog,

Apologies.

Next up isn’t drama school but NYT which stands for the National Youth Theatre x

BTW Question to all of you readers – does anybody know what happens in the recall session at LAMDA? (And note, not the second first round but the recall day.) If anyone knows anything please do leave a comment or link another blog that explains because I can’t find anything!! Thank you!