Update and guidance on Coronavirus
Updated: Monday 1 June 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
We understand applicants are anxious for information, and we thank you for your patience at this time. 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.
BA (Hons) 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 and second round audition to submit a self-tape.
All current first and second round applicants have now been contacted with 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. If you are concerned that you have not yet received this information from us please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where possible for us first round (preliminary) results should be sent out on or before 5 June. Second round (recall) results will be sent out on or before 26 June.
For those of you who are waiting to hear about your third and fourth round workshop audition, we will be in touch as soon as we can. Again, your patience is very much appreciated and do check back on our website if you don’t hear from us, as we will also put information here.
Please note this information does not apply for those who were asked to attend a Foundation Course recall workshop. You will receive further information from us via email in the coming weeks regarding these.
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.
If you are still waiting for your result we hope to be able to issue these during May and June. Please keep an eye on your emails.
MA Theatre Lab
We are not currently able to carry out in-person auditions at RADA owing to the UK government restrictions. Applications for 2020 entry have now closed and we will be in touch with everyone to confirm whether they will be invited to the next stage (an audition) very soon. We apologise that we cannot provide you with a firm date yet for your audition and will let you know as soon as we can.
If the current social distancing policy requires us to make substantial changes to our audition process, we will notify candidates invited to audition as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience at the moment and for recognising that our small admissions team might not be able to respond to queries immediately.
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 email@example.com 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