Every year, applicants tell us that they enjoy auditioning at Trinity Laban.
Our audition procedure is designed to enable us to find out about you - not just how good a performer you are, but what sort of a person you are, and to assess whether you have the potential to benefit from our approach. We aim to provide a positive and friendly atmosphere, and we want you to enjoy yourself.
Once you have completed your UCAS Conservatoire application you will be notified of your audition information via the email account you submitted on your application. Please ensure that you check this account regularly as you will not receive any information from Trinity Laban through the mail. Please also check the filtering services on your email account and ensure that messages with the ending @trinitylaban.ac.uk do not go to your junk mail folder, as you may otherwise miss vital information.
You will normally receive detailed information about the audition process along with your appointment details, no later than two weeks prior to your audition date.
Please note, it may not always be possible to give applicants for this session two weeks notice of their audition date. Applicants should also note that the audition fee is non-refundable.
These are the audition requirements for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance programme and the ISP Foundation: Musical Theatre programme. Please make sure you are aware of the entry requirements prior to application.
The Audition Day:
The audition panel will typically consist of the Head of Musical Theatre, dance, singing and acting specialists from the musical theatre department
Applicants will participate in a Group Workshop in which you should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
The session will include:
- Dance - warm up, simple corner exercises that demonstrate technical development and dance routine.
- Singing - Learning a group song.
- Acting – working in a team to create a scene.
Following the workshop, a selection of prepared repertoire will be viewed.
Applicants are asked to prepare:
- Two contrasting songs of their own choice, lasting no longer than 2 minutes per song. Please provide sheet music or backing track. An official accompanist will be available on the day.
- One short monologue.
- A dance piece lasting no longer than 1 minute 30 seconds. Please note we can not accept Tap dances at the audition stage.
Where appropriate, please provide a backing track on an iPod/mp3 player or CD. All stereos are equipped with 2.5mm jacks and this is our preferred method of playback. We inform applicants that it might be better to use an iPod/mp3 device as in previous years not all CDs can be read on the CD player depending on how they have been copied. This doesn’t prevent you from bringing one as 90% of CD tend to work! You can also use any phone or digital devise that has a headphone jack. Any device with a headphone jack can then be plugged into our sound system. Failing that if you also wish to bring a portable speaker as a ‘just in case’ you would be more than welcome!
Applicants will be asked to perform their first choice audition song and monologue.
You might not be asked to perform all pieces on the day. Following the completion of part one, applicants may be asked back to present further selected prepared repertoire.
Throughout the audition day, the panel will be asking questions talking about your past training, achievements and your musical theatre aspirations. They will want to try to get to know you better as a person and examine the breadth of your knowledge and understanding about the musical theatre profession. You should come prepared to talk about the music you listen to at home, shows you have attended, music-making and/or dance/acting opportunities you have had, etc.
Dance styles, contrasting songs and monologues
Please note all dance styles are acceptable with the exception of Tap dance.
Your choice of musical theatre performance is entirely up to you. There is no date stipulation as to your choice of performance piece, however, the songs should be contrasting in style. For example; an uptempo and a ballad that will allow you to show different Musical Theatre vocal styles.
It is recommended that the monologue should be from a scripted piece, again no date stipulated.
Details of the locations of your various sessions will be indicated on your audition timetable and a warm-up session will be scheduled for you before the audition commences. Stewards will take you to the relevant rooms during the day.
Please note that late auditions make take a slightly different format to that detailed above, but you will be emailed with the details.
All applicants should note that the Conservatoire will not consider applications for deferred entry.
All Musical Theatre applicants are expected to attend a live audition, and your application cannot be considered by recording alone. International applicants are given the opportunity to submit a recording of their Musical Theatre performance for feedback purposes only.