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On Wednesday 3 July, UK Theatre and SOLT, together with organisations across the industry, celebrated Inspiring Future Theatre Day - aiming to show young people the range of careers available in theatre, both on and off the stage.

Here are just some of the ways that RADA helps young people experience theatre, learn new skills and discover what careers are available in theatre and the creative industries.

Written by Maria Adeneye, sixth form student at The Urswick School

Widening Participation and Outreach

"At RADA there are many opportunities for young people to enrich their acting ability. As part of our widening participation and outreach work, and one of RADA’s short courses, aspiring actors aged 16-20 years old can take part in a year-long drama course (from 28 Sep 2019 to 1 Aug 2020). This gives a few lucky people the chance to experience high quality actor training and an amazing opportunity to perform on RADA’s main stage. Plus, it’s all completely free! Apply online by Monday 2 September 2019 to take part in this unique experience and go to our website page for more information."

Shakespeare Awards

"RADA also provides Shakespeare Awards workshops for individuals aged 12+ for those who don’t want a long-term commitment. If you want to find out more, you can come to a whole day workshop (from 10am to 4pm) where a talented and experienced RADA tutor will help to improve your acting ability through various exercises, and will also teach you more about the Shakespeare Awards. Click here for more information."

Theatre Production

"RADA doesn’t only specialise in acting and actor workshops. We also offer full-time training and short courses in theatre production, and on Inspiring Future Theatre Day there was a great opportunity to see some of this work. From 3-8 July 2019, we held our Costume and Technical Graduate Exhibition in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. This is where visitors had the chance to see, first hand, the amazing work that students who are graduating from the Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume and specialists on the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management this year have created. See some photographs of the exhibition here.

I spoke to some of the theatre production students to find out what they find inspiring about the training.

Laura Haag (BA Hons in Technical Theatre and Stage Management) said that the Technical Theatre and Stage Management theatre course that RADA offers is unique because in the first year you get to try a bit of every technical course, and then in your second year you choose which course you want to specialise in. So this exposure gives you the opportunity to try everything - so that you are certain what type of technical theatre you want to specialise in your second year.

Maybelle Laye (Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume) said that she enjoys the course because of the people. The course provides 1 on 1 teaching, allowing students to build relationships with teachers and more in-depth understanding of the course itself.

Read more information on the theatre production courses by clicking here. Applications for September 2020 open in autumn 2019."