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Course overview

From Ancient Greece to Shakespeare’s time, women were firmly forbidden to tread the boards. This exclusion of women on stage remained in force until the years following the Restoration of 1661. Yet since then, have the artistic boundaries placed on women really shifted that much?

This potted history combines practical work on selected scenes from Shakespeare, Restoration Drama, and contemporary plays; analysis of key texts and characters; and, crucially, insights into their historical context.

RADA tutor and director Ingrid Schiller will help you untangle the text and relish the language; while RADA tutor Faye Maughan leads you through the dances and deportment of the different eras you move through.

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.

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 feminist drama.
  • 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.