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Shine in your Drama or Performance Audition

If you’ve applied to study a performance or drama course at university you may be invited for an audition. The audition process often includes an individual performance in front of an interview panel. This is a great chance for you to show the panel your skills and acting ability.

To help you prepare for your audition we’ve some advice and tips below which you should find useful. You should always check with the university inviting you to audition as to what they specifically expect.

Plan Your Day

It’s always best to plan your journey in advance as some universities have more than one campus. If you’re not sure about where the building you will be interviewed at is located then check the website to see if they have a campus map.  Arrive ahead of time so that you don’t feel rushed and can find the audition room in plenty of time.

It’s also worth leaving plenty of time after your audition before your return journey home if using public transport as sometimes auditions can run late.

Be Prepared

It’s always best to make sure you know what is involved in the audition before you arrive – for example some auditions may require you to select and perform a piece of your own work, some may ask you to perform your favourite scene from a play, or some may set you a brief which will require you to learn something new. The process should be explained in your invitation to audition letter from the university.

Below are two examples of past audition processes we at Northumbria have asked student to prepare for.  These should help give you an understanding of what you may be asked to prepare.

  • Choose and prepare a short monologue to perform in front of an interview panel.  Choose a monologue that interests or excites you so that you can answer questions about why you chose it afterwards.


  • Prepare a short oral presentation critically analysing a performing arts project you have been involved with recently. Explain the key concepts informing the work and your creative approach. Evaluate the achievements of the project in relation to its aims and objectives and assess what you personally learnt from it. Some universities may allow you to use cue cards but make sure your presentation is well rehearsed. Be prepared to answer questions about your experience and how you believe this project has helped you develop your understanding and skills.

Portfolio Advice

If your drama course is more focused on scriptwriting and less about performance then you may instead be asked to attend an interview and show a portfolio of work. Universities usually ask that this be two or three short pieces of creative writing. You may be asked to produce one piece on a specific subject, while the other two can be any creative writing (it doesn’t necessarily need to be a script, a short story can also be acceptable).

Big Yourself Up!

This is your chance to shine and really show who you are and why you want to study the course. Talk about your work or projects that demonstrate the qualities that are expected. The examples don’t have to be connected with your studies; they could be things you’ve done in your community or as part of a team.

Make the Most of Your Visit!

If you’ve never visited the university before then see if you will be given a campus tour. Most universities run these anyway and so they should be able to get someone to show you round and provide a tour. It’s also worth asking to view some of the accommodation options.

Top Tip: Don’t rush home after your interview – spend some time in the city or surrounding area of the uni.  Grab a coffee, people watch, go shopping, or visit an art gallery. Make sure you enjoy where you could be living.

Practise Makes Perfect (or at least helps settle nerves).

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.


You’ve already made a great impression by the fact that you’ve been asked to attend an audition so just be you and remember how great you are!


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