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Course overview

Week 1 (21-25 July 2020)

Choose between:
Exploring Shakespeare

Week 2 (27-31 July 2020)

Choose between:
Play for Today
Telling Tales

Prepare to be challenged by spending a week (or two!) getting a taste of classes in a leading drama school. Under the guidance of RADA’s expert faculty, you will gain physical confidence, vocal assurance; and deepen your understanding of acting and playmaking.

Maybe you are thinking of applying to drama school, or perhaps you have a more general interest in theatre and storytelling: either way, these rigorous courses, are designed to stretch your abilities and widen your experience.

But please note, our courses do not offer explicit or direct advice on audition technique for drama school entry.

Entry requirements

Students must be aged 16 at the start of the course. There is an upper age limit of 18

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.

About the courses you can choose between

Exploring Shakespeare
Do you love Shakespeare? Or are you mystified by his stuff, and just “don’t get it”? On this course, you will discover the fascination of Shakespeare, as you explore his stirring scenes and revel in playing his startlingly modern characters. In addition to working on Scenes and Sonnets, you will have classes in Voice, Physicality, Stage Fighting and Dance, as well as electrifying Choral Speaking sessions with students from the Stagecraft 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 and speaking abilities, while you experience the exhilaration of ensemble playing. You will work on Voice, Physicality, Storytelling, Meisner Technique, and Stage Fighting. You learn what makes a “crowd scene”, and enjoy the thrill of Choral Speaking sessions with students from the Exploring Shakespeare course.

Play for Today
How can the complex issues of our current society be distilled into stories that question, enlighten and entertain? Here you will discover how contemporary theatre reflects the world around us; and how your own experience transmits to the work in question. In addition to working on monologues, and scenes from suitable plays written for young actors, you will have classes in Voice, Physicality, Stage Fighting, and Dance.

Telling Tales
There are many ways to tell a story, and this course focuses, principally, on how you can ‘unpack’ a text, using the classic principles that support RADA's core teaching. In addition, you will explore the art of storytelling; experience fleshing out a story without words; try your hand at acting for radio; and discover how a whole group can work as one to tell a thrilling tale.

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 Movement. This course prepares students for the demands of AS and A-level, both of which have a strong collaborative element.

Further information

Hours of work
Classes generally take place between 10am and 6pm. Attendance is monitored, and is not optional. A certificate stating the minimum number of contact hours is awarded on successful completion of each course.

Dynamic Acting for Young Actors 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 or guardians are advised to provide adequate supervision outside of timetabled hours.

How to apply

Complete an application form and send a scanned copy back to us. You can download the application form here.

You can email your application form to

Or send 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.

Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions

Can RADA help me to find accommodation?

Accommodation is not provided for this course.

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.