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Course overview

Enter the ruthless and vengeful world of Greek Theatre, and explore the work of its three major tragedians through their telling of the same story – that of Electra and Orestes taking revenge on their mother Clytemnestra, for the murder of their father Agamemnon.

Focusing on The Libation Bearers (Aeschylus), Electra (Sophocles) and Electra (Euripides), you will discover the distinctive elements of these dramas. Rehearsal work includes Choral Odes; Two- and Three- Actor Scenes; and the Messenger Speech.

The work builds towards an informal presentation in the final session: an opportunity to share work in development, free from the pressures of showing a more 'polished' performance.

RADA Associate Director Nona Shepphard, who has a BA in Latin and Ancient Greek and started her theatrical career through her love of Greek Tragedy, leads the course. Working alongside her is Mixalis Aristidou, born and raised in Cyprus, who teaches Movement at RADA.

Part of our Theatre History in Practice and Text & Craft series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 16+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • Please remember that, although there is no upper age limit, this is a physically demanding course. While any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit.
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.
  • Students should have some experience of performance and be prepared to present material in front of other students.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • International actors, directors and students of theatre history.
  • Professionals and amateurs wishing to extend their knowledge of Greek drama and mythology.
  • Professionals and amateurs looking to develop their skills.

How to apply

Complete an application form here.

For any queries regarding this course, please email shortcourses@rada.ac.uk.

Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Frequently asked questions

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with 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, or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

What are the Rules and Regulations of the Academy?

By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy.

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

The Academy’s Principal 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.

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

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 out its work.

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

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.

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 applications from disabled people, and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is housed in a recently-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 important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises.