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Aron Julius: Laurence Olivier Bursary Award winner

Wednesday 11 July 2018, 12:40pm

"RADA has changed everything for me. The training has given me more flexibility and specificity as an actor. It has stretched my capability, broadened my knowledge of plays and challenged me in the most fruitful and creative ways".

Read the full blog from BA (Hons) in Acting student Aron Julius, recent winner of the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award, who reflects on his RADA training so far.

Prasanna Puwanarajah on Journey's End and the shadow of war

Thursday 31 May 2018, 6:17pm

"It’s never quiet, like this."

Being in a war is one of my greatest fears. I can’t imagine or really even begin to imagine the scale of the assault on lives lived in its horrendous shadow. We look into that shadow from a managed distance consisting of objective media desensitisation and a certain subjective knowledge that vivid closeness might be too hot to bear. Journey’s End is a play that gets as close to that shadow as any.

Read the full blog for more about Prasanna's take on Journey's End, the long shadow of war and what the play might say to us in 2018.

"Today's audience needs to be challenged": Simona Gonella directs The House of Bernarda Alba

Thursday 1 March 2018, 1:28pm

Ahead of RADA's upcoming production of The House of Bernarda Alba, director Simona Gonella sat down with Director of RADA Edward Kemp to share her insights into Lorca's classic Spanish tragedy.

Listen to our podcast to hear more about the sexual politics of the play, how Simona is working with both Acting and Technical students, Baśka Wesołowska's design, and the new translation of the play.

Theatre Costume student featured in the Financial Times

Friday 23 February 2018, 10am

Reny Morsch, who is currently training on RADA's Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume, has been featured in the Financial Times in an ongoing series, Meet the Career Changers.

Reny moved into costume-making and began her studies at RADA following a 30-year career in finance, working as a trader in Frankfurt and then London.

The series of interviews in the Financial Times tracks five different people who are making a mid-life career switch.

Find out more.

Technical theatre: lighting students visit ROBE in the Czech Republic

Thursday 25 January 2018, 1:46pm

In the run-up to Christmas, a group of students and staff from RADA's Technical Theatre and Stage Management department visited Robe lighting in the Czech Republic, giving them a chance to tour the factory and see a demonstration of some of their latest products.

Read the full blog from Matt Leventhall, Head of Production Lighting.

"Nowhere else offered the hands-on training that RADA does": Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume

Thursday 7 December 2017, 2:05pm

RADA's Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume is a specialised course in our theatre production department, offering training in all areas of costume-making and wardrobe supervision, leaving students well-equipped for a career in costume.

We spoke to recent graduate Florence Dempster and Head of Wardrobe Diane Favell about what the course offers.

Read the full blog.

Interview with a graduate: Tanmay Dhanania

Monday 20 June 2016, 10am

With the second series of Indian Summers recently broadcast on Channel 4, and his film Brahman Naman set to be imminently launched on Netflix worldwide, we caught up with Tanmay Dhanania about making the film and particularly his recent experience of going to the Sundance Film Festival.

"I met some wonderful people at Sundance who had done some amazing work there, and just like in RADA, you form connections which organically last."

Read the full interview.

Interview with a graduate: Maya Kazmarski

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 10am

As Nick Payne’s Elegy finishes its run at the Donmar Warehouse this month, we caught up with alumna of the Technical Specialist Scenic Art course Maya Kazmarski who worked as part of the scenic art team on the show.

"Elegy was really interesting as we used real raw materials. It was a challenge from my point of view as I wasn’t ‘faking’ anything."

Read the full interview.

West End success for technical alumna Vicky Eames

Tuesday 29 March 2016, 11am

"I felt very supported when I was at RADA... I know it will always be a home from home".

Vicky Eames completed her Graduate Diploma in Technical Theatre Arts at RADA in 2005. She has subsequently put her training into practice working as DSM (Deputy Stage Manager) freelancing in a range of venues across London and Europe. We grabbed Vicky for a quick catch-up after she finished working on The Maids at Trafalgar Studios.

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Sabia Smith on After Miss Julie

Friday 29 January 2016, 11am

Ah, that green dress - forget Keira Knightly in Atonement - RADA student of the Technical Theatre and Stage Management Foundation Degree (TTSM), Sabia Smith, has made one just as good.

Sabia, who is currently in the second year of the TTSM course, spoke to us about constructing a dress for the RADA production After Miss Julie which played in the GBS Theatre this autumn. We asked Sabia about her training, working with the designer of the show, and getting the look just right.

Read the full interview.