BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice

Dates, Venues, Panel (BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice)
February 5-8: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Panel Members: Vanessa Coffey, Josh Armstrong
*Auditions may be recorded for additional review by departmental faculty/staff at RCS.

Audition Requirements

    We kindly ask that you bring a headshot as it helps the panel keep names and faces together. It will not have an impact on the audition outcome.

    The audition process has multiple components.

    The Written Exercise

    On the day of the audition you should bring a short Performance Analysis that you have written. You should submit your Performance Analysis to the audition panel when you arrive for your audition. You are invited to write about a live performance event you have seen recently, saying what you found effective about it and why. You are asked to explain why this performance was an important experience for you. The written Performance Analysis will give us an indication of your ability to communicate your ideas about performance in good written English. You are advised to write about a live performance event which you feel strongly about. Your Performance Analysis should be no longer than 500 words and must be entirely your own work.

    Performance Piece

    You will be invited to prepare an original, devised performance piece using as a starting point your selection from a number of pictures which will be emailed to you separately. You may, if you wish, choose elements from any or all of the pictures. They are random pictures but you may see a connection in them and wish to explore that.
    – The piece must last no more than 3 minutes, so rehearse and time yourself.
    – It does not have to be naturalistic or ‘tell a ‘story’.
    – The main thing to avoid is performing a ‘talking head’. In other words don’t just perform a spoken monologue in character without any of the ideas below. Try, as far as possible to turn your ideas into performed images.
    – Try to give your piece a structure (even though it’s only 3 minutes) for example, you may begin and end with the same ‘moment’ in time.

    Your piece may include one, some or all of the following:
    – Real objects: e.g. teapot, iron, hat, suitcase, clothing etc.
    – Symbolic objects: e.g. cross, flower, mask, etc.
    – Spoken word: e.g. text you’ve written yourself, text from a play, text from a poem, a newspaper article, a politician’s speech etc.
    – Action and movement: e.g. gestures, everyday activity, found activity (copying the way someone you see in the street walks, an air hostess giving emergency instructions, someone dancing in a club etc.), dance etc.
    – Music: e.g. a song sung live, music and/or sound recorded onto MP3 or CD (you must provide the audio player and speakers for the audition day), music played by you on an instrument etc.

    It may not include any flames, candles, or burning of items, nor should it include anything that will require “cleaning up”. Please keep in mind that we are in an externally-hired venue (Palmer House Hilton Hotel).


    The interview will look for, amongst other things:
    – Your ability to communicate your ideas about performance.
    – Your understanding of contemporary performance work.
    – What you want to do in performance in the future.
    – What your previous experiences of performance have been.
    – Why you think performance matters in the world today

    You will also be given the opportunity to discuss a portfolio or other evidence of your experience and interest. In the interview don’t try to give the replies that you think we want or think will impress us. Be yourself, and answer honestly. This is also your opportunity to see if this programme suits you, so please ask us questions.