What are Drama Schools looking for?
This is almost impossible to answer. The criteria vary from school to school, year to year, and individual to individual. However, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances. When attending a drama school audition, make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be. Spend time choosing your speeches. Sometimes it is better to choose characters that are close to your own age and personal experience – not only can you play them more convincingly but it also gives the panel a little insight into who you are. If you are looking in monologue or audition speech books for inspiration remember that lots of others will be doing the same. If you find a speech you like from one of these books, sometimes it’s a good idea to read the play and see if you can find another speech by the same character that might not be so widely known. Whatever you decide, don’t make the mistake of choosing the speech and not bothering to read the play. It is very likely the panel will ask you about