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Regardless of your experience or background we want people who are passionate, curious and keen to learn. You will learn a range of acting techniques and skills that reflect our classical training. As part of a supportive group of like-minded acting members, RADA's Youth Company: Acting creates a digital space for members to get creative and analytical

Working collaboratively with the Youth Company: Theatre Production this course will culminate with the screening of a short film documenting the creative and technical work of the company.

We will ensure that access provision is in place for all applicants. We welcome applications from disabled applicants and encourage them to share information about access requirements when completing the application form. This will enable us to provide additional support both during the selection workshops and across the course. If you have any further questions about accessibility please email outreach@rada.ac.uk.

Sessions are led by RADA faculty and Youth Company Director Phil Sheppard and Acting Associate Omar Bynon with specialist workshops from other RADA tutors, graduates and guest tutors.

The types of things you will explore:

  • Acting techniques, theories and exercises
  • Text work - approaches to working with modern and classical texts
  • Voice - breath support, articulation, clarity
  • Movement
  • Devising and improvisation
  • Alexander Technique
  • Acting for camera
  • Monologues and soliloquies
  • Q&As and discussions with RADA teachers, students and practitioners

How to apply

This course is free to attend.

Applications are now open please complete the form above. Deadline 12 April, 12pm (midday).

This course is for:

  • Young people aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 6 May, 2021
  • Young people who live in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, City of Durham or a London borough
  • Young people who currently attend or have attended a state school
  • Have no previous experience of University

Applicants should also meet at least one of the following:

  • Have a home postcode which is Quintile 1 or 2 on the POLAR4 dataset (check POLAR4 postcode here) or Deciles 1-4 on the IMD dataset (check IMD postcode here)
  • Be in receipt of Free School Meals, in receipt of a 16-19 Bursary or be living in a household which receives means tested benefits
  • Identify as Black, Asian, or Ethnically Diverse
  • Have recent experience of the UK Care System or be a Care Leaver
  • Have a declared disability

    Who is the programme for?

    You might still be at school or college or already have left. It’s really about giving an opportunity to someone who might be interested in pursuing drama or thinking about actor training. This will give you a good grounding but also let you explore whether it’s the right thing for you.

    Whatever your circumstances, we expect full commitment to the course: attending every week, on time and participating.

    All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 7 January, 2021
    • Live in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, City of Durham or a London borough
    • Currently attend or have attended a state school
    • Have no previous experience of University

    Applicants should also meet at least one of the following:

    • Have a home postcode which is Quintile 1 or 2 on the POLAR4 dataset or Deciles 1-4 on the IMD dataset (details of how to check above).
    • Be in receipt of Free School Meals, in receipt of a 16-19 Bursary or be living in a household which receives means tested benefits
    • Identify as Black, Asian, or Ethnically Diverse
    • Have recent experience of the UK Care System or be a Care Leaver
    • Have a declared disability

    What does it cost?

    The RADA Youth Company: Acting is free for all participants.

    How will I be selected?

    Company members will be selected from a series of short selection workshops over Zoom. These will take place between 17-24 April. These workshops will be a chance for you to learn a little bit more about the course, meet new people and take part in some ice breakers and activities.

    How often does the Youth company: acting meet?

    As this is a digital course, the company will meet on Zoom on Thursday evenings (6pm-8.30pm) and Saturday mornings (10am-12:30pm) from May to July.