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Course overview

Learn the basics of how to write drama in this short playwriting course for actors.

What do William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Lolita Chakrabarti and Moira Buffini have in common? They all started their careers as actors. It is hardly surprising that many of the world’s best playwrights started their careers on the stage. They know what it is like to play parts good and bad. The solution to the bad roles? Write better ones.

Whether you want to learn how to write a monologue for yourself, learn how to write a stage play, a TV pilot, a short film or a feature-length film, this course is for you.

Please note that this course focuses on playwriting techniques and does not include focus on the participant's personal creative projects.

Part of our Text & Craft series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 18+. 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.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Actors wishing to write their own material
  • Those wishing to learn the basics of how to write drama
  • Actors interested in the techniques of writing for stage and film

How to apply

Download an application form here.

Email your completed application to shortcourses@rada.ac.uk.

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.