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Course overview

Shakespeare offers actors a multitude of clues to character and action through his use of verse, but for the actor, delivering that verse can seem a bit daunting. The techniques involved are often misunderstood, and certainly nothing to do with any mystic-sounding or ‘high-flown’ delivery. All the clues are in the rhythm.

RADA tutor Naomi Cranston takes an approachable, down-to-earth and physical approach, helping you decode the signals in the verse and find their pulses in your body.

Part of our Short Course Skill Sets and World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition
  • Participants have to be 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

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Who is this course suitable for?

  • Professional or amateur actors who are fairly confident in performing.
  • Actors or directors looking for fresh approaches to text.
  • Actors who wish to polish their classical technique.

Feedback from previous students

“It was an incredible experience working with and being directed by Naomi. She brought the best out of me, and I had many eureka moments and new realisations of the parts I performed as a result. I really hope to work together again…”
Julien Hervey

How to book

Your booking confirmation will be sent by email. There is no box office collection available.

If you have questions relating to your booking, please email

Frequently asked questions

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

No. A Certificate of Completion is not available for this course. At the discretion of RADA Short Courses, a letter or email may be available, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.