BA (Hons) Acting - audition guidance

Make the most of your opportunity to excel in your audition. You could be eligible for an unconditional offer.

We want to acknowledge your potential (as evidenced by your performance) as well as your commitment to us as an applicant. An unconditional offer allows you to focus on your upcoming examinations and begin planning for your Plymouth University career. 


As part of the criteria for this course you’ll be asked to attend an audition day. Here you’ll get the opportunity to meet the lecturers, learn more about the course, visit our facilities and take part in your audition.

We ask that you learn and come prepared to perform two, short, contrasting monologues.

These should be monologues from theatre plays and not from film or television scripts. Each monologue should be at least two minutes in length.

At audition we are looking for you to demonstrate:

  •  a serious, ongoing commitment to an acting career in the professional theatre
  •  trainable vocal, physical and imaginative/emotional skills
  •  potential that you'll benefit from the study in acting offered at Plymouth
  •  an ability to understand, interpret and embody a dramatic text
  •  an ability to participate actively in group or ensemble situations. 

  •  a readiness to take risks in creative work, and an open, receptive and enquiring mind
  •  enthusiasm and readiness for hard, rigorous work requiring sustained 
concentration
  •  a sense of language and rhythm, and the potential for identification with 
the thought process of a dramatic text
  •  the ability to portray and inhabit an imagined or fictional situation
  •  physical, vocal and imaginative/emotional skills with significant theatrical potential.

Call-back auditions

In some cases you may be asked to attend a call-back audition. This may be in situations where we need to see more from applicants before being able to make a decision.

At your call-back you may be asked to workshop the two monologues that you performed for your first audition and you may also be asked to perform a sight reading of a new text. You will also be asked to perform a new piece of text which will be sent to you in the event of a call-back audition being requested.