Norman Beaton Fellowship

Are you a professional actor who didn’t train at an accredited drama school? Do you have a versatile voice? Would you like to work in radio drama?

Each year the BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship seeks to find a broad and diverse range of new acting talent, particularly from those who may not have easy access to conventional routes into radio drama. Theatre Royal Stratford East will be hosting auditions for the Norman Beaton Fellowhip on Mon 8 Jan 2018 - apply now!

Norman Beaton Fellowship 2018

This is a wonderful opportunity for 8-10 professional actors - who have NOT trained at an accredited drama school - to audition for the BBC Radio Drama Company (RDC). On audition day, you'll spend the morning working with a BBC radio producer and, in the afternoon, audition to join the RDC. Two or three successful individuals will then go on to a Semi-Final in London on 20 Feb 2018 with the Final being held 19-20 Mar 2018 (in London). The winners will be awarded a 5-month contract with the BBC Radio Drama Company starting on 21 Jul 2018. Previous winners include Ayesha Antoine, Adeel Akthar, Karen Bartke and Debra Baker.

Auditions will be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Mon 8 Jan 2018. Pooja Ghai, Associate Director at TRSE will be co-judging auditions along with the BBC Producer Sasha Yevtushenko.

How To Apply

To apply for the audition day at TRSE on Mon 8 Jan 2018, you must:

1. Not have attended a full-time drama course at a Drama UK or Conservatoires UK accredited drama college.
2. Have professional credits in theatre, television or film.
3. Have a versatile voice and an interest in working in radio drama.

Auditionees need to prepare two contrasting monologues (lasting no more than three minutes in total). Monologues do not need to be memorised (it's radio!). 

Please download and complete the APPLICATION FORM and make sure you have read all the of the supporting documents (below).

Application Forms and CVs should be sent to by Mon 27 Nov 2017. Successful applicants will be informed no later than Fri 15 Dec 2017.

Supporting Documents

FAQs for Actors
Preparing for your Audition
Terms & Conditions

This event is open to anyone who meets these criteria, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability.


“The Norman Beaton Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for any actor who wants to find their voice and be heard.” Shaheen Khan, actor (BBC NBF Judge, 2014)

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