The Actors Centre

The Alan Bates Award 2017

31 January 2017

Applications are open and we're going digital!

On the evening of the 30 January 2017, I was amazed to meet a huge bunch of actors from the best Drama Schools in the country at the Actors Centre’s Moving On Up event. Moving On Up puts soon-to-be graduate actors in touch with industry professionals and service providers for sound advice and guidance and acts as the Centre’s annual launch night for the Alan Bates Award.

The passion, ambition and desire to be ‘industry ready’ shone through from this diverse bunch of emerging actors.

Over the past 13 years the Alan Bates Award has nurtured the best of young British talent, attracting high profile patrons and celebrity supporters. The Award sets up an actor of exceptional talent with a huge prize bundle of goods and services to assist them in launching their career post-Drama School.

This year the Alan Bates Award is going digital! With invaluable support from our partnership with Casting Networks International we have built a brand new digital application process which culminates in applicants uploading a self-tape audition piece. This progression from paper applications not only allows these final year students to get to grips with the increasingly popular audition process of self-taping. They also receive basic instructions and an understanding of self-tape composition and upload pre-graduation. 

Already the largest and toughest competition of its type, the new digitisation of the Award application process allows the Actors Centre to reach many more students across the UK who may find the travel expense of coming to the Centre for a first round audition too much of a squeeze on their pocket.

Further to our digital development, the Alan Bates Award welcomes a new association with The Stage as part of The Stage Supports a new initiative to support on and offstage talent throughout their careers in the performing arts. The Award will also have the honour of being recognised through the newly announced Stage Debut Awards to take place later this year.

The Alan Bates Award 2017 is now open for applications for its digital first round and applications close on 3 March. Round 1 will see a panel of industry practitioners judge and shortlist the self-tape entries. Shortlisted applicants will have a chance to progress onto a further three rounds in front of top industry professionals and employers. The winner will be announced in an award ceremony on 4 May. 


Neil Rawlinson - Creative Projects Manager at the Actors Centre

For more information and to apply for the Alan Bates Award 2017 click here.