Three London drama schools have extended a scheme that offers aspiring performers the chance to audition for all of them in one day for £30.
The initiative from ALRA, Italia Conti and Drama Studio London was trialled in Newcastle and Doncaster this year. In 2020, it will be extended to include Norwich as a third location.
The drama schools aim for the scheme to run annually, with the possibility of growing to include more locations.
Auditions will take place at Newcastle College on February 29, Doncaster Little Theatre on March 1 and at Theatre Royal Norwich on April 4.
Drama Studio London managing director Kit Thacker, said: “It is vital for students, the schools, the profession and audiences that actors reflect all of society. Auditionees must be chosen on talent, passion and the ability to work with others; never on income or any other irrelevant distinction.”
ALRA principal Adrian Hall said that getting to an audition could be “too much of a financial strain for some”.
He added: “The lowest audition fee is about £35 and then there’s the additional travel costs and you’ll possibly need overnight accommodation too.
“This means that the very first step towards professional actor training – the audition – can be the biggest barrier of all. This event attempts to remove that barrier.”
Italia Conti musical theatre programmes director Richard Mulholland said the school would be offering auditions for both its acting and musical theatre courses.
He added: “We are determined to make it as easy as possible for young people to have the opportunity to train at leading performing arts conservatoires.”