It has been two years since the Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company upgraded its unique, two-year vocational training program to BA status. Those may have been an eventful two years, but the course has thrived and, this year, the London-based company is once again offering two half-scholarships valued at approximately £19,400 through The Stage Scholarships scheme.
The scholarship is available for the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree, which is accredited by Falmouth University. It’s an intensive, contemporary training program aimed at equipping the students with the skills and confidence required to be industry-ready creatives upon graduation. This revolutionary, collaborative course provides more contact hours than traditional three-year courses, and encourages actors to make their own, original work.
Fourth Monkey founder and artistic director Steven Green explains that, despite the difficulties over the past two years, the BA training has evolved with the times. “We’ve been lucky because we maintained face-to-face training for the optimum amount of time we’ve been able to, within the government guidelines. The only evolution has been more engagement with the digital world in terms of our making and our training. Many of our graduates have gone on to make digital work and engage in that area. And, obviously, it’s become quite a prevalent part of the world in which we now live. So that’s definitely been incorporated into the training,” he says.
Although the scholarship is generally offered to those auditioning for the degree course, this is not always set in stone.
“Normally we are looking to offer a scholarship for the second year of the BA study,” Green explains. “That tends to be where the awards go. A student will go through the first year of training and the second year is covered accordingly. We also now have other courses – MA Collaborative Theater and the CertHE Acting and Theater Making – which are also accredited.
“The BA is our flagship course for which we get the of applications and where the majority of the need appears, but should an exceptional student come forward with an exceptional need that fits the criteria, then we would be open to considering them for one of the other courses.”
Auditions for Fourth Monkey are free of charge and take place either in London, Bristol or Birmingham. Thanks to Fourth Monkey’s commitment to accessibility there are also live, virtual audition dates available. For the audition, after the initial warm-up, the applicant will perform their chosen monologues in front of a panel, and then re-work at least one of their chosen speeches, working one-on-one with a panel member.
What makes a successful Fourth Monkey applicant? “We’re looking for people who understand the meaning of ‘ensemble’,” Green says. “Someone who wants to be an actor and theatermaker and who wants to not only work in the commercial world, but also wants to learn to make work opportunities for themselves. So, we are looking for collaborators. People who can make work with others, and obviously forge their own path with their own voice, creating their own individual work, as well as being employed to do someone else’s.”
Course: BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree
Educational level: Degree course
Number of scholarships offered: Two half-scholarships
Value of scholarship: £19,400
What costs are covered? Fees only
Where is the school? The Monkey House, 97-101 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7PQ
Likely audit date: April 10