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Course overview

Whether you are a total beginner or looking to refresh your acting skills, experience some of the basics that underpin RADA's actor training with one (or more) of these self-contained workshop days.

Choose a day of two classes from the following options: Movement & Voice, Acting & Text, Improvisation & Devising, or Dance & Singing. Or why not make your own mini course over several days? For our current list of class options, see the dates below.

Whatever your level of experience, this is an opportunity to work in some depth with members of the RADA faculty.

18 April 2023

Introductions to RADA – Movement & Voice

10.00 – 1.00 Movement: An opportunity to experience RADA’s actor training in movement, using various exercises to help you explore differing methods of physical expression.

2.00 – 5.00 Voice: An introduction to the fundamentals of voice work and relate this to the playful exploration of language in a Shakespeare speech. Working from release, not tension, discover how to enhance imaginative freedom.

19 April 2023

Introductions to RADA – Improvisation & Devising

10.00 – 1.00 Improvisation: Whilst we improvise every day of our lives, ‘theatrical improv’ is a ‘whole other ballgame’. RADA's techniques of improvisation will open you to the improbable, the impolite and the impossible.

2.00 – 5.00 Devising: Learn how RADA facilitates the actor’s creation of their own work, acquiring unsuspected skills through different ways to tell stories.

20 April 2023

Introductions to RADA – Acting & Text

10.00 – 1.00 Acting: Investigate techniques that RADA uses to connect actors to their character and to styles of performance, while learning some tips that may help you — whatever your part.

2.00 – 5.00. Text: Become aware of the sheer power of the written word and how to squeeze every last bit of information from a play script, discovering the hidden — or not so hidden — messages within its pages.

21 April 2023

Introductions to RADA – Dance & Singing

10.00 – 1.00 Dance: Work through a variety of short movement and dance exercises to encourage awareness of how the actor moves and uses their body, adding freedom of expression and dramatic context to explore different characters.

2.00 – 5.00 Singing: A chance to experience the joys of group singing and to enjoy vocal warm-ups in a workshop setting. It is also an opportunity to learn more about how singing tuition is provided in the curriculum of the RADA BA (Hons) Acting course.

These sessions are intense and detailed, but also accessible and fun. Although this can be the next step forward from our Short Course Saturdays, participants need no prior experience of acting or performing.

Part of our Acting Essentials series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition
  • Participants have to be 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • 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

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Those who do not have any prior experience
  • Those wishing to hone particular skills
  • Those thinking of applying for an actor training.

How to book

Your booking confirmation will be sent by email. There is no box office collection available.

If you have questions relating to your booking, please email

Frequently asked questions

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

No. A Certificate of Completion is not available for this course. At the discretion of RADA Short Courses, a letter or email may be available, 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.