Fundamentals of Classical Acting
This week-long course, held in the Studio of Manchester's iconic Royal Exchange Theatre, will give you practical insight into the cornerstones of RADA's classical actor training.
Guided by our expert team of tutors in a lively, collaborative environment, you will explore voice, movement, and acting technique. You will spend time working on scenes and monologues from Shakespeare's plays, using a framework of techniques based on the methods of Stanislavski and those who were influenced by him, such as Hagen and Meisner.
Whether you're a budding actor looking to develop your abilities, or a working professional ready to stretch your classical skills, this course will strengthen your actor's toolkit and rehearsal practice.
This course has been devised by our Mancunian Head of Short Courses Training, Michelle Chadwick, and created with specific consideration to the current cultural and actor training landscape in Manchester. We are excited to be connecting with creatives outside of London in this vibrant and innovative city.
Part of our Acting Essentials series of courses.
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What will I learn on this course?
- Develop a robust rehearsal practice
- Improve your understanding of characterisation, structure, and rhythm in classical texts
- Build confidence performing classical monologues.
- No selection: There is no selection process for this course, if you feel this course is suitable for you and have read all the information on this webpage, then please proceed to booking.
- Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.
Who is this course suitable for?
- Actors wishing to refresh or further develop their classical skills
- People with experience of acting and performance.
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What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?
Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?
You will be given instructions on any preparatory reading and learning when you enrol.
Is there any work to do outside of class time?
Some reading and learning outside of class will be expected.
What’s included in the fee?
The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.
What materials or equipment do I need?
All materials will be provided. You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.
I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any funding or payment plans available?
There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.
Can RADA provide accommodation?
We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.
Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course. Certificates are awarded to students who had no unexcused absences or lateness and operated within the obligations laid out in the Terms and Conditions.
Does the course count towards University credits?
There are no University Credits associated with this course.
What is the attendance policy?
Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.
How do I register for an in-person course?
You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form or information form.
On the first day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at the venue up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.