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Programme overview

Young Actors Summer School is a programme designed to stretch your abilities and widen your experience. There are four courses over two weeks, each costing £910.

Students can opt to do either one week or two. In week one, choose between Exploring Shakespeare or Stage Presence; and in week two, choose between Contemporary Text or Devising.

Maybe you are thinking of applying to drama school, or perhaps you have a more general interest in theatre and storytelling: either way, prepare to be challenged by spending a week gaining a taste of classes in a leading drama school. Under the guidance of RADA’s expert faculty, you will gain physical confidence, vocal assurance; and deepen your understanding of acting and playmaking.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants must be aged between 16 and 18 at the start of the course. Students aged 16 or 17 will need additional permission from a parent or guardian. Please see relevant section on the application form.
  • 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 are these courses suitable for?

  • Younger actors who may not have any prior experience.
  • Those who wish to learn more about Shakespeare, stage presence, contemporary text or devising
  • Those wanting learn to develop their movement and voice

Courses overview

Young Actors: Exploring Shakespeare

Do you struggle with Shakespeare? Want to get your head round his texts more fully?

This course brings the work of Shakespeare to life for young actors. Discover his vivid characters, passionately engaged in matters of heart and head that still occupy us today, and a language that comes alive when you stand up and speak the words.

In addition to working on Scenes, Monologues and Sonnets, you will have classes in Voice, Movement and Stage Combat; and enjoy Choral Speaking sessions.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Young Actors: Stage Presence

How do you stop feeling self-conscious and learn to move freely and make yourself heard on a stage? Gain the confidence to unlock your acting abilities and experience the exhilaration of ensemble performance.

You will work on Voice, Physicality, Storytelling, Meisner Technique, Stage Combat and Physical Performance, learn what makes a “crowd scene” and enjoy Choral Speaking sessions.

Part of our Text & Craft series of courses.

Young Actors: Contemporary Text

How can today’s complex issues be distilled into stories that enlighten and entertain? Discover how the theatre of today reflects the world around us and how your own experience relates to it.

In addition to Text Study, working on scenes from plays written for young actors, you will have classes in Voice, Physical Performance, Dance, and Monologues.

Part of our Text & Craft series of courses.

Young Actors: Devising

Collaboration is an essential element of theatre practice. In this course, work to create a piece of theatre on a theme chosen by your group. You will have sessions on Story Development, Research and Structure, and an Introduction to Playwriting, as well as classes in Voice and Physical Performance.

This course prepares students for the demands of AS and A-level, both of which have a strong collaborative element.

Part of our Text & Craft series of courses.

Further information

The Young Actors Summer School courses are not a casual undertaking: complete and consistent commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every student.

Please note, our courses do not offer explicit or direct advice on audition technique for drama school entry.


Classes will take place between 9.30am and 6pm.

Attendance is monitored, and is not optional. A certificate stating the minimum number of contact hours is awarded on successful completion of each course.

How to apply

For any queries about this course, please email

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).

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.