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Thursday 30 November 2017, 10:05am

For the first time, RADA will audition potential acting students in Bristol and Chester in February and March 2018.

This year RADA will bring its audition process to Bristol and Chester as part of our regional auditions programme, which also comprises Manchester, Leicester, Plymouth and Newcastle as well as Dublin, New York and Los Angeles. RADA is committed to finding the very best talent from across the UK and internationally, regardless of social or financial background, and the regional auditions enable applicants from these regions to participate in first-round auditions and interviews without high travel and accommodation costs in London.

To further support budding performers from low economic backgrounds, RADA has this year expanded its offer of application fee waivers so any eligible student who applies – based on household income – will receive a free audition. These are offered alongside those available from the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), of which RADA is a founding affiliate school. For those auditionees who reach the third and fourth round of this four-stage audition process, RADA also offers travel bursaries to eligible students.

For the second year running, Manchester and Plymouth will also host Technical Theatre Arts interviews. Successful applicants to the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management will experience training across the breadth and depth of technical theatre, including lighting, sound, scenic arts, props, make-up, costume, scenic construction and stage management, with the option of further specialisation in a BA progression year.

Auditions and interviews will take place at the following dates and locations:

Leicester – 5-7 February, Curve Theatre (applications close 17 January)
Newcastle – 19-21 February, Northern Stage (applications close 29 January)
Manchester – Acting: 19-22 February | Technical Theatre: 28 February, Friends Meeting House (applications close 29 January)
Chester – 23-24 February, Storyhouse (applications close 29 January)
Bristol – 5-6 March, Bristol Old Vic (applications close 12 February)
Plymouth – Acting: 7 March (applications close 12 February) | Technical Theatre: 2 March (applications close 29 January), Plymouth Theatre Royal
New York – 5-9 March, Simple Studios (applications close 12 February)
Los Angeles – 12-14 March, Space Station (applications close 12 February)
Dublin – 28-2 March, The Lab (applications close 12 February)

RADA’s Associate Director Nona Shepphard, chair of RADA’s audition panel, spoke about the importance of casting a wide net in the audition process: “The RADA BA (Hons) in Acting is entirely practical with no academic requirements. We are looking for young people of talent who we believe have the potential to train and subsequently work as actors, and who are passionate about the world of theatre.

RADA auditions all eligible applicants for the BA (Hons) Acting because we are committed to ensuring that the transformative power of theatre is open to as many young people as possible, and that the UK’s creative industries are enriched by as diverse a range of artists and stories as possible. To make sure we find the most able people we can, we are continuing to expand our range of regional auditions to all corners of the UK, as well as overseas in Ireland and the USA.

As a world leader in dramatic arts training, by meeting young performers from such a wide area we are able to find the brightest young talents who will inhabit and empower the next generation of theatre-making.”

Current student Jacob Steele, who is in his first year on RADA’s Technical Theatre and Stage Management course, interviewed for his place in Manchester last year: “The regional interviews are a great idea, primarily because I was funding my own auditions and transport to and from them. If there weren’t Manchester interviews and I had to pay to go to London, I don’t know if I would have applied. I didn’t think I was likely to get in and I wouldn’t have been able to spend so much on an outside chance! I also got the chance to find out more about RADA at the interview, because I had never been.

I applied, like most people, because RADA is known all over the world and is seen as the best drama school out there. I’m loving the course and the autonomy and responsibility we are given, even in first year, to work on shows as if we were already in the industry but with the support of tutors. RADA has a brilliant sense of community, both when you’re working on productions and generally around the buildings.”

Hannah Driver, a fellow first year student who also had her interview in Manchester last year, agreed: “By offering interviews in Manchester, RADA made applying easier and more accessible to people who, like me, aren't living in London when applying. The training so far has been fast-paced and intense, but I have learnt an incredible amount already and am loving every second of it!”

To find out more about how to apply, the audition and interview process, and eligibility for application fee waivers, please visit the relevant pages of our website: BA (Hons) Acting and FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management.