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Audition and Interview Guides

Your interview and audition provides us with the chance to meet you and discuss your interest in studying Drama at Northumbria. We really want to find out about you and your interests in the performing arts alongside other interests you may have.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to see an additional presentation on the course and the specialist pathways, take a tour of the facilities, and ask any questions you may have. You'll also meet current students and be able to ask them any questions regarding the course and their experiences of living in our great city. 

You will receive your interview information from our Applicant Services Team. If you have any queries you can contact them via bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk or by calling 0191 406 0901.

Where do I go when I arrive on Campus?

Upon arrival, please report to Student Central, Library Building, St Mary’s Place, City Campus West, Newcastle upon Tyne, where you will be met by a member of staff or a current student from the course (No. 14 on this Campus Map). You can also find information on how to travel to Northumbria University here.

What should I expect on the day?

Our interview days are very informal. The day is a chance for you to get more of a feel for the University and for us to get to know a little bit more about you, your passions, and why you want to study with us.

You will be greeted by our helpful student reps who will provide you with more information about your day. As well as your interview, you will also receive a tour of the facilities.

What will the interviewers be looking for?

We are looking for evidence of practical, analytical and academic skills including:

  • Critical awareness of the multiple roles of the performer
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems
  • Communication and group-work skills
  • Performance and improvisation skills in workshop activity
  • Sense of the dramatic potential of material

We are also looking for candidates with a commitment to the philosophy and aims of the programme who demonstrate that they have the potential to succeed.  

What does the audition/interview involve?

1)      You will take part in a practical drama workshop exploring approaches to working with others to create theatre

2)      You should come prepared to perform/present to the interview panel for two minutes ONE of the following:

  • A monologue from a 20th or 21st century play
  • A piece of performance you have devised yourself
  • A presentation critically analysing a performing arts/drama project you have been involved with recently.  Explain in detail the key concepts informing the work and the creative approaches utilised.   Evaluate the achievements of the project in relation to its aims and objectives and assess what you personally learnt from it which you could draw on as a student on the Drama programme. You may use cue cards but please make sure your presentation is well rehearsed. 

There will be chairs available in the audition space if you require them. Please ensure your performance/presentation is no longer than two minutes or staff may need to stop you before you have finished.  Be prepared to answer questions about what you choose to perform/present; for example, if you choose to perform a monologue please make sure have read and can speak about the whole play which the monologue is taken from.  Afterwards staff will interview you to find out more about your reasons for applying to the course and your existing knowledge and understanding of performance. 

3)      Please bring with you an example of your own writing (1-2pages); one of the following:

  • Drama scriptwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Reflective writing about a performance you have seen
  • Analytical writing about a play you have studied

This piece of writing could be new, developed specifically for this task, OR, you might want to bring some of your coursework from your current programme of study.

What should I wear to my interview?

Please wear (or bring with you) loose comfortable clothing suitable for a practical drama workshop.  We want you to feel relaxed and comfortable in what you are wearing. 

Do I need to practice my interview and audition?

Yes this would be beneficial. Why not do a dry run interview with your tutor, a friend or your parents? This will help you feel more relaxed about the process and confident in what you want to say. You should also prepare and practise any questions that you’d like to ask the interviewers.  

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