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Programme overview

Acting for Young Actors is a programme for 16–18 year-olds. If you are thinking of applying to drama school, these courses will challenge your skills, deepen your understanding of acting and playmaking and give you a taste of classes at a world-leading drama school. If you are interested in theatre and storytelling, you will get a practical insight into literature and drama, gain confidence and find your voice under the guidance of RADA’s expert faculty.

There are five different courses to choose from, each costing £910.

Who are these courses suitable for?

  • Young people aged 16–18 who may not have any prior experience
  • Those who wish to learn more about Shakespeare, stage presence, contemporary text, devising or screen acting
  • Those wanting to develop their movement, voice and confidence.

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

Courses overview

Course dates

Exploring Shakespeare
24 – 28 July 2023, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm
Stage Presence
24 – 28 July 2023, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm
Contemporary Text
31 July – 4 Aug 2023, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm
31 July – 4 Aug 2023, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm
Acting for Camera
31 July – 4 Aug 2023, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6pm

Entry requirements

  • No selection: 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 have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.
  • Participants 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.

Exploring Shakespeare

Bring Shakespeare's words to life and discover passionate characters, vivid worlds and surprisingly relatable dilemmas of the heart and head. In addition to working on scenes, monologues and sonnets, you will have classes in voice, physical performance, singing, stage fighting, and choral speaking sessions. You'll leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's work, and feel more confident approaching it in future.

Stage Presence

How do you unlock your acting abilities and learn to move freely and make yourself heard on a stage? This course will supply you with the tools to become dynamic and confident when performing. There are classes in Voice, Physical Performance, Storytelling, Meisner Technique, Choral Speaking, and Stage Combat, plus the exhilarating rehearsal of a Shakespeare Crowd Scene.


Collaboration is an essential element of theatre practice and working life. You'll 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. The collaborative nature of this course prepares students for the demands of AS and A-level.

Contemporary Text

How can the complex issues of today be distilled into stories that enlighten and entertain? Discover how the theatre of today reflects the world around us, and how your own experience informs the work in question. In addition to Text Study, working on monologues and scenes from suitable plays written for young actors, you will have classes in Voice, Physical Performance, Dance, and Stage Combat.

Acting for Camera

Learn to create powerful connections with audiences for Film & TV in this new course. Classes exploring script preparation, voice and movement, alongside practical techniques for working with the camera, will enable you to deliver compelling performances on screen. You'll also develop skills in observation and active listening, and compare the differences between performing on the stage and in front of the camera.

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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?

Exploring Shakespeare: you will need to select and prepare a monologue from a Shakespeare play.

Stage Presence: you will need to select and prepare a monologue from a classical or from a contemporary piece.

Contemporary text: you will need to select and prepare a monologue from a contemporary piece.

More information will follow closer to the start of the course.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

Participants will be encouraged to undertake some further personal preparation work after classes and outside of RADA.

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). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

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.

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.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the 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.

How do I register for an in-person course?

You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form or information form.

On the first day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at RADA up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.