Contemporary Drama Summer School: Online
An opportunity to work on a modern or a contemporary text, chosen to suit your particular requirements. This means you can form a deep, practical appreciation of your own text, and a considerable understanding of the other nine plays being processed in your group. You will gain a taste of what life is like in a leading drama school for students on a full-time acting course.
The course is aimed at those with an interest in contemporary drama and who have some experience of performing.
- Students below the age of 18 are not normally accepted. Entrance is by written application. Students should have some experience of performance and be prepared to present material in front of other students. There is no upper age limit.
- Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential. Entry is by selection.
- If, for any reason, the Course Director feels that you have not enough experience, you will not be accepted onto the course.
Before the course
A script will be allocated to you by the Course Director approximately two weeks before the course begins, detailing which monologue you will need to prepare. This monologue will provide the backbone of your time on the course.
In the week before the course, you will have two tutorials with the Course Director, who will explain the further preparation needed for the course.
The monologues are chosen with your own needs in mind. However, the development of the work takes place in a continuous, interactive process with other students. You may indicate if there is a particular type of contemporary drama you would like to explore or if there are plays you know well and that you would like to avoid repeating.
During the course
Initially, you will workshop your monologue with your acting tutor/director, before refining it in tutorials with movement and voice tutors, and, finally, presenting it at the end of the course.
The group of up to ten people is led by a director, with support from a voice and a movement instructor, drawn from the RADA faculty.
Hours of work
Classes generally take place between 2 and 7pm.
Classes are not optional; you are expected to treat these as professional rehearsal calls.
Punctuality is essential; a certificate, stating the minimum number of contact hours, is awarded on successful completion of the course.
We do not offer university credits.
In the case of students who are attending the courses at universities in North America (or elsewhere), it is a matter for each university or college to decide whether to include the Contemporary Drama Summer School as a part of their students' accreditation process.
How to apply
Terms and conditions
Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.
All classes begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.
Even though we're working through screens, participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove their shoes.
In line with academy policy, please note that no recordings of online courses will – or may – be made.