I feel like Central is one of those schools you either love or hate. If you’re going to audition there you’ll know what I mean.
The first thing you’re asked to do in Central is to write down your pieces on three different sheets for the three pathways; BA Acting, BA Musical Theatre and BA CDT. Then about 80-100 of you are pushed into this really narrow studio to sit and listen to a member of staff convince you that the other courses are just as good as the BA Acting. That’s probably why everyone is auditioned for all the courses on the same day because there isn’t enough demand for MT and CDT as there is for the Acting.
So after the chat and very quick warm up with the member of staff we were split into groups of about 15. My first session was the dreaded CDT conjoined with MT at the end of it. I literally cannot stand CDT. We just do not get on. Like you know all of the drama school horror stories you hear? Well yeah that’s basically CDT. ‘Be yellow’, ‘be water’, ‘be an airplane’
Moving swiftly on to MT we all had to sing a few bars of our unaccompanied song. I was happy with my song and I actually don’t mind singing in auditions, but I knew my monologue session later on was where I wanted to get a recall.
We then had a tour of the school (which I already knew back to front as I auditioned last year for Central and spent a week working in admissions the year before that) so really my mind was on seeing the panel. By the way just thought I would mention, I think it’s actually one of the good things that Central do (taking you on a tour) because it really makes the most of the £50 that you’re spending on the day. Whereas, for other schools, you’re in and out in 15 minutes. So props to Central for that.
After the tour was the panel session – FINALLY!! Walking in I found two lovely women on the panel who were full of energy and seemed really normal! One of the ladies then got up into the space, looking at us all, and explained what would happen and what to do/not to do. I thought how nice to be welcomed like that, especially as my group had a lot of 17/18 year olds auditioning. Btw in Central you do your monologues in front of your group who sit on either sides of the room. It can be a nice sharing experience, and luckily my group were all great listeners, so I felt like people were really performing well. NOTE TO ANYONE AUDITIONING AT CENTRAL: don’t switch off and think about your pieces/ what you’re going to have for lunch/ did you feed your cat etc. because the panel will notice this and you need to give not take any space whilst other people are auditioning. I have sat and watched a piece of theatre in Glasgow once and seen actors do this and it’s not cute – trust me. Anyways, I got up and did my pieces and I felt they went okay. The panel thanked me and I sat down. We all then took a break for lunch.
After lunch was results time…
I was recalled. yay. and praise the lord it was for BA Acting!!
The afternoon recall consisted of a panel of 3 members; a visiting director, a voice tutor and an acting tutor. In my recall there was 6 of us and we started with a warm up and went into a movement and voice sesh. All good I thought and I enjoyed it. Then I went up to do my second classical speech that I had prepared (Rosalind) and and I had a BA student and another auditionee fill in as the other characters in the scene. (At recalls always expect direction.) I was given the direction to really talk to the other characters and not at them, and the panel were laughing so I thought that they enjoyed it.
I found out a week later that I did not make it to final recalls. I wasn’t that upset because I never really had a fantastic vibe off the school but it was nice to be recalled to the second round anyway! Good luck if you’re auditioning to this school though, it definitely has a good rep x