So How Do You Choose An Audition Piece?

Here are some quick, helpful hints for choosing your audition pieces from Jennie Buckman, Giants Artistic Director…

As a former Head of Acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), I sat in auditions for many years so here are my top tips:

Don’t worry too much about finding something ‘they won’t know’.  The audition panel will know it, but if you pick something merely because you think it’s obscure, chances are it’s not good material for an audition piece.

It’s more important to choose a character that suits your age than your gender.  But if you have doubts about suitability of a piece, why not email/call the school and ask?

There are some brilliant contemporary playwrights but make sure you find a piece that is really well written.

Avoid going for shock – or the dreary miserable.


  • READ the whole play so that you
  • KNOW the character
  • ENJOY the speech: the language, sentiments, story
  • RELATE to the given circumstances of the speech
  • LEARN it thoroughly and accurately

And finally – remember you are there to tell us something honestly. Enjoy the opportunity!

If you want to find out more about audition technique, Giants is running a weekend workshop on 25th and 26th March at the Poor School, London. For more information click here.

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