Ages and Stages of English Drama
Duration: five days
Hours of work: 10am to 5:30pm
Please note there are no RADA scholarships available for short courses.
“Every tutor came in with such a sense of professionalism, kindness and exuberance. They were a total joy to work with!” - Feedback from Ages and Stages of English Drama.
Ages & Stages of English Drama has been devised expressly to give you the chance of working with no fewer than ten members of RADA’s faculty, as they explore - in a practical and refreshingly engaging manner - their own specialisms. This exciting and unique historical exploration is coupled with a series of skills workshops tailored to the historical topic in hand.
The course is limited to 12 participants in order to maximise the personal development of the individual.
Please remember that this is a strenuous course, and that, while any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit. There is no upper age limit; however, applicants are advised that the course is physically demanding. Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.
Over five days, the course will progress through five stages of English drama:
PAGEANTS & WAGONS - MEDIAEVAL DRAMA;
THE WOODEN 'O' - SHAKESPEARE'S THEATRE;
THE RETURN OF THE KING - RESTORATION COMEDY;
SMOKE AND MIRRORS – VICTORIAN MELODRAMA; and
"NOW THYSELF" CONTEMPORARY BRITISH THEATRE.
This course is appropriate for persons of any level of experience and ability who are prepared to take part in classes and to read/perform some portions of text.
Each day will include a warm-up/skills class; exposition and practical work on the period under examination that day; small-group sessions on text with RADA directors; and an informal sharing of work. The course will run from 10:00am to 5:30pm, with a one-hour lunch break at 1:00pm.
Applicants are not asked to audition, but they need to provide a reference, to give some information concerning their experience (or otherwise) of acting: and to write a short note saying what they want from the course. Applications by students between the ages of 16 and 18 may need additional references and their participation will be at the discretion of the Course Director.