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BA (Hons) Drama and Contemporary Performance

Audition Information

If you have the appropriate qualifications and your application is successful, we will invite you to attend an audition workshop to assess your suitability for the programme.

The aim of the audition process is to offer you the opportunity to showcase your creative and intellectual potential, and to explore whether or not you are right for the course, and the course is right for you.

What happens when you audition for DCP?

The audition will last about two hours, and it will consist of a practical performance workshop and a discussion. Please wear loose fitting clothing as appropriate for a physical workshop.

The workshop will consist of physical and vocal exercises, followed by performance and compositional exercises responding to various stimuli, reflecting the nature of the work you’ll encounter on the DCP programme. The discussion will focus on the workshop and on your experience of interesting new theatre and performance more broadly.

What are we looking for at an audition?

You will be assessed on your ability to

  • Work creatively and spontaneously with a number of contrasting stimuli
  • Be open and responsive to instructions
  • Show effective and appropriate use of voice and physicality
  • Demonstrate spatial awareness and responsiveness to your environment
  • Work sensitively and co-operatively with others
  • Work with energy, confidence and enthusiasm
  • Sustain concentration and focus throughout all stages of the audition process
  • Contribute effectively to the discussion

Useful tips

  • Plan your journey, so that you arrive at the location specified in your audition booking in plenty of time.
  • Arrive a few minutes early, so you can settle and feel ready for the work.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions and be prepared to work individually and as part of a group.
  • Remember your understanding and awareness are as important as your performance ability.
  • Make sure you contribute to the discussion as well as the workshop, whilst ensuring that other people get a chance to speak as well.

Overseas applicants

If you are based outside the UK and are unable to attend an audition workshop in Manchester, we will invite you to participate in an online interview (such as Skype, or Facetime).

We will contact you to exchange Skype/FaceTime addresses and agree a time and date.

During the online interview, you will be asked by one of the tutors about your previous experience and current interests in drama and theatre, for example your accounts of recent live performances you have seen, and the practitioners and makers that inspire you. The interview will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the University and programme.

Students with disabilities

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and training. Manchester School of Theatre welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities irrespective of their physical needs.

Should you require adjustments for a Disability or Specific Learning Difficulty, please follow the guidelines on

Getting your results

You will be notified of the outcome of your audition through UCAS Track.


Please contact the School of Theatre Admissions Team if you require further information.