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Are you interested in acting? Ever wondered what training at drama school is like? Come and join our Youth Company: Acting.

Part of our Access and Participation work, this is a 10 month long drama course taking place on Saturday mornings that gives young people aged 16-20 the opportunity to experience actor training.

Regardless of your experience or background we want people who are passionate, curious and keen to learn. You will learn a range of acting techniques and skills that reflect our classical training. As part of a supportive group of like-minded acting members, RADA's Youth Company: Acting creates a digital space for members to get creative and analytical

Working collaboratively with the Youth Company: Theatre Production this course will culminate with the opportunity to perform in RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh theatre. We will ensure that access provision is in place for all applicants.

We welcome applications from disabled applicants and encourage them to share information about access requirements when completing the application form. This will enable us to provide additional support both during the selection workshops and across the course. If you have any further questions about accessibility, please email outreach@rada.ac.uk.

Sessions are led by RADA faculty and Youth Company Director Phil Sheppard with specialist workshops from other RADA tutors and guest tutors.

Applications are not currently open. Please check back for details.

This course is for:

  • Young people aged 16-20 at the start of the course.
  • Young people who live in London borough.
  • Young people who currently attend or have attended a state school
  • Have no previous experience of University.

The types of things you will explore:

  • Acting techniques, theories and exercises
  • Text work - approaches to working with modern and classical texts
  • Voice - breath support, articulation, clarity
  • Movement
  • Devising and improvisation
  • Alexander Technique
  • Stage Combat
  • Acting for camera
  • Q&As and discussions with RADA teachers, students and practitioners

How do I apply?

Applications for the Youth Company: Acting are currently closed.

If you are disabled, we encourage you to share information about access requirements when completing the application form. This will enable us to provide additional support both during the selection workshops and across the course.

If you have any questions about accessibility, the course or would like to talk to a member of the Youth Company team then please email outreach@rada.ac.uk.

    Who is the programme for?

    You might still be at school or college or already have left. It’s really about giving an opportunity to someone who might be interested in pursuing drama or thinking about actor training. This will give you a good grounding but also let you explore whether it’s the right thing for you.

    Whatever your circumstances, we expect full commitment to the course: attending every week, on time and participating.

    What does it cost?

    The RADA Youth Company is free for all participants.

    How are members selected?

    Company members will be selected from a series of audition workshops.