Shake up your itinerary on your next trip to London, this time setting aside a few days to pick up the basics of theatre and drama. As the city that launched some of theatre’s most legendary names – Laurence Olivier and Judi Dench among them – and home of the West End, the Old Vic and the Globe Theatre, London is a great place for theatre enthusiasts to fully immerse themselves in the dramatic arts scene.
Learn from the best of the best with short courses at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) that run the gamut of themes relating to the theatre-making and storytelling world. Follow in the footsteps of some of the best names of British entertainment industry, such as Anthony Hopkins, Michael Gambon, Kenneth Branagh and many others who are on RADA’s long – and impressive – list of alumni.
(Related: Theatre review: Miss British explores the problematic legacy of colonialism in Singapore)
Whether you’re looking to be centre stage and under the spotlight, be running the show from the tech box or wanting to brush up on your production management skills, RADA’s short courses cater to all interests and age groups.
Courses run from three-hour taster workshops all the way up to eight-week terms, so you can choose what works best for your schedule. For those looking for a more exciting first taste of drama, try the Close Encounters course, a six-day introduction to executing a fight scene for theatre or film, to get your blood pumping. For more information, visit www.rada.ac.uk
(Related: Theatre review: Toy Factory Production adapts a Chinese classic for the stage)
Image credit: study.eu