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Course overview

This five-day course examines scenes from Chekhov and Ibsen.

Fresh approaches to the work of these authors is encouraged, along with looking at how the themes of these plays are still urgent and relevant to us today.

Scenes are explored with a director and participants are asked to thoroughly review their process of rehearsal in accordance with the material.

The course is aimed at those with some experience of acting who want the opportunity to explore these writers from the point of view of the performer.

Throughout the five days, you and your teacher examine the material in depth together; and, as you work, you receive comments, reflections, and advice. The week concludes with a short informal presentation to the staff and the other students in the group. This is seen as an opportunity to share work in development, free from the pressures of showing a more 'polished' performance.

Entry requirements

18+. 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. If, for any reason, the Course Director feels that you have not enough experience, your application will be unsuccessful.

Further information

Participants work in groups of 14 to 16 people, led by a director, with support from a voice and a movement instructor.

Tutors are drawn from the Academy's senior staff and directors along with distinguished guest teachers from the profession.

Hours of work

Classes generally take place between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. You will be expected to treat classes as professional rehearsal calls.

Punctuality is essential and a certificate, stating the minimum number of contact hours, is awarded on successful completion of the course.

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

How to apply

Applications are now closed.


If you would like information regarding accommodation please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

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.