Last week I went all the way up to Glasgow for this year’s first drama school audition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I’ll start just by letting you know, I didn’t get a recall so I won’t be able to tell you about anything after the first stage this year.
When you’re given your audition date be sure to read everything in the link you’re sent, it will give you information for before, during, and after the audition. There is also a form that you need to print, fill out, and send back with your speech choices and a photograph.
I had initially planned to take the train but after realising that it would be a nine hour journey and cost me about £180 I decided to fly for only £99 from Cardiff Airport with Flybe. I’ve only flown once before, eight years ago, and never alone so I was super excited about that and like a child as the plane took off! The flight was great, no delays (thankfully) and altogether a pretty good experience. My audition was for the afternoon session starting at 13:30, the flight landed at 12:00 so I took the Airport Express (£12 return) to the city centre and found the Conservatoire in plenty of time.
The RCS Audition process has changed this year so this will be different to most other posts or vlogs you’ve seen. When I arrived I signed in and met the rest of the group I would be auditioning with, there were seven of us and everyone was easy to get along with. We started with a brief tour of the campus; it’s a really nice building with fantastic facilities. Several venues throughout the building and a cosy library with an extensive collection of DVDs and play scripts.
Following the tour we had a workshop, this was led by the audition panel. I thought that was a excellent way to ease nerves and meant we wouldn’t be going into the audition completely unaware of what to expect. I always like auditions that include a workshop because it gives you a chance to get into the state of mind to audition after a long journey. The workshop involved a few fun group games and exercises where we worked together. It was a good way for us to ‘bond’ in a sense, it made sure there was less of the feeling of competition that you get in some auditions. The panel were friendly and you could see that they wanted to see your best, they weren’t searching for slip ups.
After the workshop we waited outside the room with two first year BA: Acting students. They were friendly and enthusiastic and we were able to ask all sorts of questions about the auditions, the school, and anything we wanted to know more about. If I needed any more convincing that I love this school, that was it! While we waited to go into our individual auditions and interviews, the current first year acting class came by. There was this really wonderful, comfortable atmosphere. I’ve never experienced that feeling at a drama school audition before so I thought that was fantastic.
When it was my turn to go in, the panel (which is made up of two people) were friendly and approachable, I was given the choice of which piece I wanted to perform first so I chose my Shakespeare. After performing, the panel redirected my Shakespeare piece. I was asked to perform it as though I was giving a TED talk or a motivational speech at a rally with a huge audience. The redirection worked really well with the piece so I imagine that’s where filling out the form I mentioned earlier came in useful. After the speeches I was asked to get a chair and had a short interview. I don’t think there’s any need to go into the questions but it was a comfortable, somewhat casual interview.
After that, the day is over. You find out whether you’ve been recalled via UCAS Conservatoires, I found out within two days but it could vary.
I have my RADA Audition coming up next so look out for my post about that. In the mean time, good luck to those of your with auditions coming up, I wish you all the best!