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Thank you to everyone who donated to the Big Give Christmas Challenge. In 2020 we raised over £50,000.

The Big Give is a match funding platform that brings together individuals, charities and philanthropists to make a real impact and its annual Christmas Challenge means we will be able to double donations from our supporters in the first week of December. It is a much-loved campaign that we undertake annually. This year, we are building on the successes of previous years and have increased our target. All money raised during this period will support RADA’s access and participation projects.

Why do we need to do this?

With the devastating impact COVID-19 is having on young people’s opportunities, especially within the arts & cultural sector, your support is needed now more than ever. RADA’s access and participation projects create pathways to our higher-education courses for young people aged 11-18 regardless of their economic circumstances, cultural heritage, disability or social class.

In 2019 we reached more young people than ever not just in London but right across the UK. We did this through activities in over 40 workshops, productions and programmes and when COVID-19 hit earlier this year, we supported our Youth Company through the challenges of lockdown and isolation by moving it online.

Our access and participation projects

The aim of our access and participation work is: to make sure that our full-time training is accessible to students and practitioners from all backgrounds; to increase diversity across the Academy; and to affect change in the industry in which our students gain employment.

They are designed to encourage applications from people who are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people from low income households, people with physical and sensory impairments, and care leavers. You can find out about all of our access and participation projects here.

Thank you for helping us continue to create opportunities to inspire the next generation of theatre makers.

Thank you to RADA’s Champion, The Childhood Trust.

Photography by Helen Murray and Andy Barker.

It’s brilliant to see a new generation getting excited about theatre, offering us fresh perspectives, knowing that RADA is a place for them and they can make an impact here. We want to make sure that young people from all backgrounds and experiences can access our training and the arts
Axa Hynes, Director of Access and Participation