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Course overview

Week 1 (23-27 July 2019)

Choose between:
Exploring Shakespeare (full)
Focus (full)

Week 2 (29 July-2 August 2019)

Choose between:
Devising Theatre (full)
Contemporary (full)

Dynamic Acting for Young Actors gives you the opportunity to experience learning with a leading drama school through a series of concentrated courses - specifically designed to stretch your abilities. Under the guidance of RADA’s expert faculty, you will be supported and challenged, developing physical and vocal confidence and deepening your understanding of the crafts of acting and playmaking.

These courses are aimed at anyone between the ages of 16 to 18 who is may be thinking of applying to drama school, or who has an interest in theatre and would like to explore the craft further.

Entry requirements

16-18. Students must be aged 16 at the start of the course.

You are not asked to audition, but you need complete the questionnaire on the application form, giving information about your experience (or otherwise) of acting. Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Further information

Exploring Shakespeare

Do you love Shakespeare? Or are you mystified by his stuff, and just “don’t get it”? On this course, as you stand up and speak his words, you will discover Shakespeare by exploring his characters. In addition to working on Scenes, Monologues and Sonnets, you will have classes in Voice, Movement and Stage Combat, as well as electrifying Choral Speaking sessions with students from the Focus course.


What do you do on a stage? How do you stop feeling self-conscious, and learn to move freely and make yourself heard? This unique course gives you the confidence to unlock your acting abilities while you experience the exhilaration of ensemble playing. You will work on Voice, Physicality, Storytelling, Meisner Technique, Stage Combat and Physical Performance: you learn what makes a “crowd scene”, and enjoy thrilling Choral Speaking sessions with students from the Exploring Shakespeare course.

Devising Theatre

Collaboration is an essential element of theatre practice; and here you will work to create a unique piece of theatre on a theme that your group determines at the start of the week. There are sessions on Story Development, Research and Structure, and an Introduction to Playwriting, as well as classes in Voice and Physical Performance. This course prepares students for the demands of AS and A-level, both of which have a strong collaborative element.


How can the complex issues of today be distilled into stories that enlighten and entertain? Here you will discover how the theatre of today reflects the world around us; and how your own experience transmits to the work in question. In addition to Text Study, working on scenes from suitable plays written for young actors, you will have classes in Voice, Physical Performance, Dance, and Interview Technique.

  • This course does not offer teaching which explicitly advises on audition technique for drama school entry

Hours of work

Classes generally take place between 10am and 6pm. Classes are not optional and a certificate stating the minimum number of contact hours is awarded on successful completion of each course.

The course is not a casual undertaking: complete and consistent commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every student.

What to bring

Further details will be sent once you have been accepted onto the course/courses.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises. Parents and guardians are therefore advised to ensure that adequate supervision of activities undertaken in the evenings and at weekends is provided, as appropriate, for the duration of the course.

How to apply

Entrance is by written application.

Please complete the application form and return:

A scanned copy of the application form to

Or a paper copy to:

Sally Power RADA, 62-64 Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6ED
United Kingdom

Although there is no application deadline, places are limited and therefore early booking is recommended. All applications are considered in order of receipt. If your application is received after the course is full, you will be put on the waiting list.

You will be informed by post at the address given on the application form whether or not you have been accepted.

Terms and conditions

What is the cancellation policy?

Once you are accepted onto the course - you will receive full details of our cancellation policy.

Once payment has been made, it is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

Rules and regulations of the Academy

All students must undertake to adhere to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy. The Academy’s Director or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals or presentations.

Students must understand, conform and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.

Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.

RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity or sexuality. We welcome applicants from disabled people and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is mainly housed in a newly-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.

Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.

It is strongly recommended that students insure themselves to cover any medical or transport costs and loss of fees in the event of illness or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises. These are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Parents are therefore advised to ensure that adequate supervision of activities undertaken in the evening and at weekends is provided, as appropriate, during the duration of the course.