Man Met/ Manchester School of Theatre has a new home – well, a temporary new home just opposite Manchester Oxford Road Station. And yes, I did walk to the opposite end of Oxford Road to the old building where Man Met held it’s auditions last year.
So after an unexpected, prolonged walk I arrived at the new building and walked inside.
ALERT ALERT – AS I WALKED IN A MAJOR STAGE MUM SENSED ANOTHER APPLICANT’S PRESENCE AND LITERALLY TURNED HER GAZE TO GLARE AT ME UNTIL I SAT DOWN
(And can I just say everyone had their parents with them, either side, and virtually had them holding their hands…must admit, I had a little chuckle)
I digress. Scrap the crazy stage mums and parents in the room because they are not relevant.
To my surprise, I found that there were only 5 girls here for the Man Met audition. :O Last year at my first round there were 30 applicants! And moreover, Man Met even contacted me to change my first round date from the 11th of Jan to the 30th because ‘there would not be enough applicants at the session to make it the best experience for you.‘ (True quote) Maybe Man Met had lots of first round sessions before Christmas? Or they now do auditions in smaller groups? I don’t know! But to be honest, you can’t really complain if you can count your competition on one hand. (However, at the final round last year, the other applicants were particularly strong so I knew regardless of the day’s hopeful stats, I still had to give it my best.) Oh and just to mention I got on to the waiting list but didn’t get in to this school last year.
There were two people on the panel who seemed welcoming and friendly when we walked in together as a group. We went into the movement room which was obviously quite a large space – so it was fantastic for the monologue sesh later. Firstly, the lady took the warm up which consisted of things like shaking your body and voice out, stretching, walking round the space with energy etc. Another thing she asked us to do was to think of one of our speeches and to walk around as that character as a 3,7 and a 9 for example. Not verbally showing the character but demonstrating purely in the body. I was actually getting really into mine and the guy off the panel came round to the side of the room where I was and sat down right in front of me. Maybe it was to put me off, who knows, but I kept going and tried to forget that he was there.
For the monologues we were asked to take a chair, and like Central, sit on either sides of the room and face inwards to the auditionee. My name was called and I went up first. I was pretty happy with my pieces and I felt they went okay – but you can never really dissect an audition panel!! Everyone else performed their pieces and I watched intently. It’s actually quite enjoyable to see what other people do in their monologues. Maybe that’s just me, but I enjoyed it.
Then the guy from the panel asked us to gather round him with our chairs and he basically described the course in full, which doesn’t happen at other schools ( I don’t think) and then asked did we have any questions. Admittedly, I didn’t have any questions but that was because I have stalked this course/website page/showcases/ teachers/past and current students!! You name it – I know Man Met.
And that was the end of the audition. Pretty good.
Three days later I got an update from UCAS…
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