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Audition Technique Workshops

Audition Technique Workshops

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Thinking of auditioning for Drama School this year? Need some guidance in preparing for professional auditions?

Designed for young actors, over two evenings our Audition Technique Workshop will hone your acting skills, advise on the best material for you and build your confidence. Led by professional theatre director and TRP Associate Director, John Haidar, our Audition Technique Workshops will leave you feeling prepared and positive walking into your next audition.

Please come to the workshop with two monologues prepared, a contemporary monologue (written after 1960) and a classical monologue (Shakespeare or an Elizabethan/Jacobean playwright). As part of your booking, you will receive an Information Pack with guidance on how to select the best speech for you.

Over the two evenings taking place at 5pm on Tue 05 & Wed 06 Dec 2023, you will have one-to-one time to work on your monologues and be directed. You will also take part in group workshops on how to approach texts and prepare for auditions. With plenty of opportunity for questions & discussion, you will gain insight into the drama school application process.

Our Audition Technique Workshops will give you the tools to ensure you deliver your best presentation, every time. If you have any questions, please contact

Important information

Running time:
Two evenings

Age guideline:
16 — 25

Bursary places available

Workshops will take at 5pm on Tue 05 & Wed 06 Dec 2023

John Haidar is Associate Director of Theatre Royal, Plymouth. He trained at RADA and on the National Theatre Directors’ Course. He has previously worked as associate or assistant director at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and in the West End with directors including Howard Davies, Michael Grandage and James Macdonald. He also writes plays and screenplays, including adaptations.

Directing credits: Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic and Altitude Films/BBC), Oppenheimer (RWCMD), Afterplay (Coronet Theatre), Othello (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Richard III (Headlong), Our Town, The Drowned World, Mercury Fur and Saved (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios and Irish Repertory Theatre, New York), Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), The Little Match Girl (Birmingham REP and UK Tour), The New Electric Ballroom (RADA), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (CAM FM), Macbeth (Cambridge American Stage Tour), The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Glass Menagerie (Corpus Playroom), Romeo and Juliet and The Alchemist (ADC Theatre).

Associate or assistant directing credits: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre), I See You (Royal Court), Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre), The Changeling, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Audition Technique Workshop Bursary Form

If you require any assistance in filling out this form please contact a member of the Engagement and Learning team by emailing

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