Update and guidance on Coronavirus
Updated: Wednesday 1 April 2020
During these unprecedented circumstances, our first priority continues to be the health, safety and welfare of all our students, staff and visitors. We are following the latest advice from the UK government, Public Health England and the NHS.
We continue to review our schedule of activity in light of government directives. As the situation evolves and we take decisions around training, courses, auditions and events, we are contacting all affected staff, students, applicants or visitors directly, and we will update our website.
Please see the information below for more details, and visit the links on the right for the latest guidance.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
- UK government response
- NHS 111 online coronavirus service
- Public Health England 'stay at home' guidance
- UK government travel advice
- World Health Organization guidance
- Office for Students guidance
- King's College London advice for students and staff
Thank you to our applicants for your patience during this difficult time.
BA (Hons) in Acting and Foundation Course in Acting
We are in the process of moving our audition process online. This means we will be asking applicants who expected to come for a face-to-face first round audition over the Easter holidays to submit a self-tape. We are in the process of contacting all applicants with further information about what you need to provide and some guidance. We need to open the system to uploads in a phased way to make sure that we safely receive everyone’s submission.
For those of you who have already had a first or second round, we will be in touch as soon as we can. Again, your patience is very much appreciated and do check our website if you don’t hear from us as we’ll put information here.
FdA / BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management and PG Dip in Theatre Costume
For our theatre production students (FdA or BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management and PgDip Theatre Costume) we are going ahead with interviews remotely, so you’ll also receive information about how and when your interview will take place.
Please check your emails regularly, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not heard from us by Wednesday 8 April 2020.
We understand applicants are anxious for information, and we would appreciate your patience at this time. We are working to find a solution and please rest assured that we will contact all applicants as soon as we have clear information to give.
The email@example.com email address continues to be monitored but we are a small team and our capacity for response may not be as swift as usual, under the circumstances.
Following recent government guidance, we have taken the decision to postpone our spring short courses. We are contacting all course bookers and applicants directly.
We are still accepting applications for courses running from July 2020 onwards, but no payment will be taken at this time. Please continue to check the Short Courses section of our website for further updates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
We are monitoring the situation closely and working on contingency plans across all areas of activity. We will keep our staff and students informed via e-mail communications and Sharepoint; please make sure you check these regularly.
Students from all courses have been contacted by their course leader and will continue to receive updates about future procedures for training and assessments. Please speak to your course leader or the Student and Academic Services department if you have any concerns.
We are supporting staff with working from home wherever possible. Please check the RADA Sharepoint for helpful information and speak to the IT helpdesk, your line manager or HR if you have any issues or concerns.
We know members of our staff and student community may have concerns about the current situation and about their family and friends. Please do support your colleagues, and contact your course leader, the Student and Academic Services department or the Student Wellbeing Team (for students); or your line manager or HR (for staff) about any concerns.
We ask all students and staff to familiarise themselves with the latest public health guidance and follow the advice around self-isolation if necessary.
Following government advice on Monday 16 March, we have sadly taken the decision to cancel all remaining performances of The Importance of Being Earnest, Circle Mirror Transformation and Escape Room One.
We have also decided to postpone the following events until further notice: Michael Billington: How Acting Has Changed on 25 March; Women@RADA 100: Risk Assessment on 26 March; and the Movement Symposium on 18 April.
If you have booked tickets to any of these events, please check your emails for details of refunds. We will be in touch about rescheduled events when we can.
How to stop infection spreading
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean