Self-tape Submission Portal

Come and audition!

Come and join us!

Here at the Royal Court, we’re always on the lookout for exciting and talented actors to work with. This open Self-Tape Portal is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to introduce themselves and get themselves seen.

HOW IT WORKS

Dead simple.

First, fill in the form with your name, contact details etc and any relevant links (Spotlight, website etc).

Second, attach any supporting documents (CV etc).

Thirdly, drag your self-tape into the box to send it our way.

Once we’ve received it, you should get an email from us to let you know it’s landed on our desk, safe and sound.

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR-SELF TAPE

  • A brief introduction, telling us your name and where you’re currently based. (Ps, don’t sweat this part. The briefer the better, honestly)
  • A monologue between 2 – 2.5 minutes long. (No longer, please.)
  • If you sing or play an instrument, a quick 30 seconds of something simple and tuneful would be a nice little bonus. (Again – no longer, please.)

HOW TO AUDITION

Auditioning can be terrifying. We know this. But it’s important to remember one thing: when we see you audition, we want you to do your best. We are not here to criticize or intimidate. What we want is to meet talented and exciting actors who love what they do. Be bold. If you’re character is talking to the audience, don’t be afraid to deliver it right down the lens at us. And never forget that this should be fun. The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll audition. So no matter how nervous you get, just try and remember that we are on your side.

WHAT SORT OF PIECE SHOULD I PICK?

We want to get a feel for you as a performer. Your energy, your voice, your style. You’ve only got two minutes to give us an impression of yourself as a performer, so we recommend to keep it simple. Choose a piece that sits comfortably with your natural voice and playing age. If you’re an actor from Ormskirk or Leeds or Bristol, let us hear your regional accent. Your Texan accent might be superb, but first and foremost we want to hear your speak naturally. If you’re eighteen years old, don’t choose a monologue from the point of view of a seventy year old. It might be a fantastic speech, but we’d rather see you playing somebody closer to your own age, as those are the roles we’ll be considering you for.

DO I NEED TO WEAR COSTUME / MAKEUP?

Our advice, as always, is to keep it simple. A black t-shirt or top is tried and true. It’s simple, unfussy and won’t distract us from what really matters: your performance. If you want to wear something to help you get into character, keep it subtle. A plain collared shirt or a jacket is fine, but avoid anything with busy patterns or stripes.

COMEDY OR DRAMA?

If you’re torn between pieces that are happy or sad, funny or tragic, the most important thing to remember is that we want you to ENGAGE with us. What matters most is that we feel you are really talking to us. Keep it direct, real, relatable. Most important is that your piece makes sense out of the context. Make absolutely sure we will understand what your character is talking about without having read the rest of the script.

TECHNICAL QUALITY

It may sound obvious, but it bears repeating: we need to be able to see and hear you. There’s nothing more frustrating than a talented actor being held back by a poor self tape. Make sure the sound is crystal, the picture crisp and the camera steady. If you’re taping with your phone, there are a number of really good, affordable tripods available that save you the hassle of propping your mobile up against a wobbly pile of books.

Find a spot in your house that you can designate as your Self – Tape Spot. Make sure your surroundings are good and neutral: clean, unfussy walls and a good light source are all you need.

 

TAKE YOUR TIME

When recording your tape, be sure to give yourself plenty of time. If you’re rushed when you record it, that fluster will almost certainly come across on screen. If you can, afford yourself at least two or three practice runs to allow yourself to settle in and find an energy that’s both relaxed and focused. Once you’ve got a few different takes under your belt that you’re happy with, you’ll feel far more confident that the tape you’re submitting shows you at your best. If you’re finding it hard to decide which take to submit, ask a colleague or agent to offer their feedback.

Still have questions? Check out Spotlight’s brilliant guide to Self-Taping: How to Self-tape Auditions (spotlight.com)

If you follow these simple steps and give yourself plenty of time, you’ll be well on the way to sending us a great tape.

Enjoy.

Drop files here or
Max. file size: 60 MB.

    Whats's on?

    The Netherley Hillbillies 29 May 2024 - 22 Jun 2024

    Come listen to a story 'bout a man name Jed, Found it really hard to keep a roof over his head Then

    More info and tickets
    Variety Lunch Club 05 Jun 2024 - 09 Oct 2024

    The Royal Court Variety Lunch Club runs throughout the year on Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre and is open

    More info and tickets
    Variety Film Club: The Beverley Hillbillies (1994) 13 Jun 2024

    Variety Film ClubThe team behind Variety Lunch Club have hatched a new plan so that you can come and have an aftern

    More info and tickets
    Daliso Chaponda: Feed This Black Man Again 14 Sep 2024

    Daliso did his first show Feed This Black Man 20 years ago. The jokes were mediocre, there was a rap about poverty

    More info and tickets
    Royal Court Stocking Fillers 05 Dec 2024 - 29 Dec 2024

    A show that is fast becoming a Christmas tradition, we are delighted to welcome Stocking Fillers back to the Studio

    More info and tickets
    Pauline Daniels – Get Me Before The Crematorium Does 09 Jul 2024

    Join me, Pauline Daniels, for an evening of laughter and song to kick off my birthday celebrations! With 44 years i

    More info and tickets
    Eddie Fortune – Single 20 Jul 2024

    Single, 40 and living back with his Mum. Eddie has a history of failed relationships. He has done it all, he has da

    More info and tickets
    Sisters Of Mersey 05 Jul 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

    Sister Petra and Sister Fionola have grown up in St Elmo’s Convent in Dingle as identical twins but Monsignor

    More info and tickets
    Variety Film Club: The Commitments (1991) 05 Sep 2024

    Variety Film ClubThe team behind Variety Lunch Club have hatched a new plan so that you can come and have an aftern

    More info and tickets
    It’s A Wonderful Life 19 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024

    “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings…” It’s Christmas Eve, Bedford Falls

    More info and tickets
    Amy Gledhill – Make Me Look Fit On The Poster 14 Nov 2024

    Amy Gledhill – Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, National Comedy Award nominee and 1/3 of cult double ac

    More info and tickets
    Two Cities… Half The World Away 03 Sep 2024 - 07 Sep 2024

    This is a story about the rivalry between the two great northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester and, the fact t

    More info and tickets
    Girls Don’t Play Guitars 27 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024

    The five star musical that shook 2019 is back! “One of the strongest shows the Royal Court has produced&

    More info and tickets
    The Scouse Red Riding Hood 08 Nov 2024 - 18 Jan 2025

    Little Red is off her head. Her nan’s in bed and the wolf’s not fed. With a pan of scouse and a loaf of

    More info and tickets
    Royal Court Heritage Tour 03 Jun 2024 - 14 Oct 2024

    The Royal Court is a Grade II listed building, a magnificent example of one of the best theatres built in the Art D

    More info and tickets
    Making It 10 Jun 2024 - 22 Jun 2024

    What does ‘making it’ really mean? Backstage in a Liverpool social club, actress and cabaret diva,

    More info and tickets
    I Am Steven Gerrard 01 Aug 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

    ‘I know that it does sound weird to say, yeah? But I proper envy Steven Gerrard. You know, the football

    More info and tickets
    Lost Soul 2 16 Aug 2024 - 14 Sep 2024

    Dave Kirby (Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Lost Soul, Council Depot Blues, Reds & Blues) is back at The Court wit

    More info and tickets
    Stage Write Night 16 Jul 2024 - 12 Nov 2024

    Come and join us for an evening of script in hand readings from our new writing programme – Stage Write.There

    More info and tickets
    Pete Price Holds Court 05 Jun 2024

    Pete goes back to his roots as compere extraordinaire of a classic variety night!Join us in the swish Studio space

    More info and tickets
    The Giant Killers 11 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

    The inspiring true story of football’s greatest ever underdogs. Set in the early years of Association Footbal

    More info and tickets
    Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase 06 Jun 2024 - 27 Sep 2024

    The Black is back! The Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase in partnership with Boisterous Theatre Co. bring the bigg

    More info and tickets
    Part Vampire 28 Sep 2024

    "Part Vampire" is an exhilarating musical comedy that features Phil Jones, the renowned lead singer of th

    More info and tickets
    Harry Baker – Wonderful 26 Jul 2024

    After a sellout Edinburgh Fringe Run and subsequent 40-date UK Tour, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is back

    More info and tickets
    Colin Hoult – Colin 09 Nov 2024

    The 2022 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee heads back out on tour. This time as himself, Colin. As seen in Netflix&rsq

    More info and tickets

    Keep up to date! For all updates of shows and events, sign up to our mailing list.