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Course overview

Working in groups of mixed acting experience and ability, you will explore a range of plays to develop a rehearsal technique utilising the methodology of Stanislavski and subsequent practitioners who were influenced by him. You will also work on:

  • Text Analysis (with particular emphasis on nuance, idiom, vernacular and syntax)
  • Monologues
  • Scene Study
  • Voice (including phonetics and pronunciation)

This course is specifically designed for participants for whom English is an additional language. Due to the content of the course, you will need a level of fluency in spoken English. The course is suitable for students considering studying acting in English, or professional actors who wish to build their confidence when acting in English. Although the focus will be on British English, there will be opportunity to examine the fundamental differences between British and American English.

This is a practical course; however, some reading/preparation will be required before the course begins and between classes.

What will I learn on this course:

  • Practical techniques for approaching texts in English
  • Develop a robust rehearsal technique
  • Grow in confidence when performing in English.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Actors for whom English is an additional language.
  • Anyone considering studying acting in English.
  • Professional actors who wish to build their confidence working in English.
Here's previous students Karin De Ponti and Joanna Orlowska discussing their experiences of the course.

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Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

You may need to read up to two plays (that will be provided by RADA) and prepare and memorise a Shakespeare monologue that is 2 mins in length.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

There may be some additional preparation work between classes.

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).

RADA cannot provide written references for Short Course participants.

What materials or equipment do I need?

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.

Our Zoom guidelines advise on technical requirements for participating in online sessions, as well as advice on working in a suitable space. Due to the way Zoom profiles speakers on the screen, it would be our preference that participants do not join classes on a phone.

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

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.

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.