Auditions, castings, workshops – they’re never the same and they are all a bit odd. Auditions are a necessary evil of the acting profession. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who really enjoys auditions but we all rejoice when we get them and despair when we don’t. For the uninitiated, I’ll describe the different types A fairly standard audition You have the script in advance, you read it, you prepare your part. At the audition, you perform the scenes you were asked to practice in advance and possibly read from another part of the script, which because you are well prepared, you are already familiar with. “Bring a monologue” auditions Variety of reasons for these. If it’s a Shakespeare play, they may want to see your grasp of the Bard as many people are not strong sight readers, especially with Shakespeare. For other works, a monologue is seen alongside a script reading and can provide a bit of variety for the director. Sometimes the script isn’t finished.