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Course overview

Investigate Shakespeare from an actor's point of view on this online course.

Six days of intensive classes in monologues, sonnets, voice, movement and verse is followed by a week’s rehearsal and performance of an online version of an abridged Shakespeare play, directed by RADA tutor Gary Lagden. Students also receive individual tutorials in Movement.

Designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and experience, participants will work in companies of up to 12 to uncover and explore key aspects of Shakespearean performance.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 16+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • Applications by students aged 16 or 17 may need additional references and will be given special consideration by the Course Director.
  • 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?

  • Those who feel fairly confident in performing.
  • Anyone interested in extending their skills in the performance of Shakespeare.
  • Relevant for those wishing to improve audition/interview skills or who work in 'speaking professions'.

Further information

Schedule

In week one, participants will join three 90-minute classes each day, with a 15-minute break in between.

Week two will consist of rehearsals for a specially-adapted online production of a Shakespeare play, with an emphasis on choral work. There will also be individual tutorials in physical performance.

Approach

Even though we're working through screens, this course is not a casual undertaking and classes are not optional; students are expected to treat these as professional rehearsal calls. Total commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every student.

Course dates

Choose from:

  • 22 November - 04 December 2021

Or

  • 21 February - 05 March 2022

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.