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Audition Coaching

Audition coaching sessions usually last an hour and you can book as few or as many as you feel you need.  Working with one of our Creative Directors, you will receive advice on choosing your audition speeches and detailed direction on how to perform them, to demonstrate your skills at their best.

Our audition coaching can guide you with your Shakespeare and contemporary speeches, as well as helping you devise short pieces for e.g. the Contemporary Performance Practice course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS).



Age group: 16-25
Dates: Dates and times to suit the individual
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG



£45 an hour (please let us know if you prefer to pay in instalments)

What to Bring:

Loose, comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, the material you would like to work on

Staff Members

Ruth Hollyman: Creative Director

Ruth is an Edinburgh based director, arts manager and writer who has been working with young people in a theatre setting for 25 years, primarily in Scotland. She co-founded Strange Town and manages it with Steve Small and also runs the Strange Town Young Actors’ agency.  She worked in the marketing department at Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 1995, where she established the theatre’s education programme. From 1996-2000 she lived in Tokyo, setting up a children’s theatre company and working in television and the voiceover industry.  As a freelancer she has previously worked with Lyceum Youth Theatre, macRobert, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Perth Theatre, Stirling Youth Theatre, Borderline Youth Theatre, and Dundee Rep.

Steve Small

Creative Director

Steve has worked with young people in theatre for 25 years. He was Associate Director for Scottish Youth Theatre, Head of Education at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh where he created the Education Department and founded the award winning Lyceum Youth Theatre and was Associate Director, Education & Community, at Dundee Rep.  Since founding Strange Town he has directed numerous plays including Teach Me which was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Guide Scottish Theatre Award in 2012.  Other work includes; The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University College, Moray House, BBC Scotland, Aberdeen Council and he has led workshops in Norway and Japan.

What People Say

"As a first timer to the acting world, I was completely lost on how to prepare myself for my audition. But with the help of Strange Town audition coaching, I walked into my audition confident and fully prepared and walked out with a place on my chosen course.  The sessions were essential to my successful audition, they were focused, friendly and full of applicable knowledge.  Staff were very accommodating and all my questions and doubts were put at ease. All aspects of the interview/audition process were covered in comprehensive detail. The more preparation, effort and enthusiasm I gave during the sessions, the more I gained.  All in all, extremely helpful and highly recommended.'

Student, HND Acting & Performance, Performing Arts Studio Scotland

"Without the guidance and advice of Strange Town I would have most definitely been a disorganised, nervous wreck at my audition. I can't thank them enough!"

Graduate, Contemporary Performance Practice, Royal Conservatoire Scotland
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