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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: The Language of Drama (1-week course)

The Language of Drama                                             August 21-25, 2017

Poets and playwrights of successive eras use text to capture the movement of emotion through thought. Five days, five eras of drama:

  • Tragedy in Translation:  Ancient Greek Literature
  • The Bard and Before:  Plays that May Have Influenced The Young Shakespeare
  • Mrs. Slocombe's Pussy:  Sex, Race and Innuendo in British TV Sitcoms
  • Merciless Words:  Bitterness and Humor of Oscar Wilde
  • "What Happens Next…":  "Classical Writing" for the Modern Stage and Screen

Each day, study the language of a new era of drama, and rehearse texts with professional directors. In addition to rehearsal, the day begins with skills workshop. This new course is unique to RADA and TLab.

To maximize your personal and professional development, the course is limited to eight participants.


  • Tragedy in Translation:  Annie Tyson, Freelance Director, Drama Center and RADA Year One Acting Teacher
  • The Bard and Before & What Happens Next:  Tamsin Collison, RADA Academy Associate Teacher
  • Mrs. Slocombe's Pussy:  Melanie Jessop, Freelance Director and RADA Year One Acting Teacher
  • Merciless Words:  Michelle Chadwick, RADA Audition Panel member and Academy Community Tutor

Note: Due to RADA faculty schedules, lecturers and topics may be subject to change.

Who should apply?
These courses are appropriate for adults with any level of experience and ability, who are prepared to take part in classes and are ready to read and perform portions of text.

These are strenuous courses, and while any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit.  There is no upper age limit; however, applicants are advised that the course is physically demanding.  Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Course Requirements
Each applicant must write a short essay (300 words) outlining what they hope to gain from the course and provide a reference describing the applicant's experience (or otherwise) of acting or theater.

Program Cost:  $1,195

Program cost does not include accommodation, meals, travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, or any other incidentals.  ESU Scholarships are not available for this program, but the ESU will supply letters of support for grant or scholarship applications.

Deposit of $400 is required with application.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent approximately four weeks prior to course, at which point the exchange rate from pound sterling to U.S. dollars is set (including transaction fees).  Full balance is due upon receipt of invoice.

Refund Policy

Deposit is non-refundable for accepted applications.  Full balance is due upon receipt of invoice (see above).  This course is non-refundable, barring insufficient enrollment in the course, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

Professional Development Contact Hours and Credit

This course incorporates approximately 30 professional contact hours.  All participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance from RADA.

More information

Language of Drama: Course Description and Course Outline

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Application Details

  • Application deadline: rolling
  • Applicants must provide one reference
  • Application is non-competitive 
  • A deposit of $400 will be required with application
  • Balance will be due upon receipt of invoice
  • Each course is limited to eight participants

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