The Stage Scholarship 2019 in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has been won by Hannah Roy-Davies and Morgan Summers.
Both students have won half-scholarships for the company’s popular Two-Year Rep Accelerated Actor Training Programme, worth a total of £21,500.
Artistic director and Fourth Monkey chief executive Steve Green is full of praise for the winners. “Morgan’s audition showed her to be a fascinating and profoundly engaged and committed individual who personified everything that is Fourth Monkey,” he says. “Hannah, too, is driven, focused and hard working. She was a stand-out applicant and one who demonstrated a real desire to part of the Fourth Monkey family.”
Hannah, who is 20 years old and from Greenwich in south London, spoke enthusiastically about what drew her to Fourth Monkey.
“I’ve been a dancer since I was three doing lots of student shows. Then, when I got a little bit older, I started doing LAMDA examinations. For the London 2012 Olympics, I was asked to be a dancer in the closing ceremony, which was a real experience,” she says. “I did a foundation course at East 15 before moving to Fourth Monkey for its one-year intensive actor training programme. I’m a very physical performer and I’ve always wanted to create my own work. Fourth Monkey provides such good training and has contacts with many of the theatre companies I want to work with.”
Morgan, who is 19 years old and from Nottingham, is also drawn to the physical training at Fourth Monkey.
“I started dancing when I was five and then joined my local theatre school when I was seven,” she says. “I seem to have been training for as long as I can remember. The audition was quite thorough: we had to perform two set monologues, a contemporary-style monologue and a Shakespearean monologue. There were also group workshops, which included a calming exercise. We also did a Lecoq workshop and an expressive movement piece, which the judging panel observed.”
The course is specifically constructed to provide students with the experience of working as part of a repertory theatre, so there will be plenty of performance opportunities from the showcase in central London to productions mounted as part of the Camden Fringe. For two winners so committed to physical performance, there will also be the invaluable opportunity to join a residential training programme in Italy, studying commedia dell’arte under the tuition of Antonio Fava.