ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

Course Content


      • Acting: Acting Technique, Improvisation, Screen Acting, Radio Voice: Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP;
      • Choral Movement: Creative Movement, Movement Studies, Anatomy, Period Movement;
      • Combat Context: Script Preparation, Voice Makeup, Physical Theatre, Musicianship, Critiquing, Professional Preparation, Industry Opportunities;
      • Performance: Storytelling, Epic Narrative, Contemporary, 19th Century Realism, American Classic, Tragedy, Comedy, Shakespeare.

Teaching and learning

Year 1 – Play, discovery and exploration – understanding the equipment you have and how to use it

Year 2 – Application of growing techniques - in the acting space, on screen and to the microphone using increasingly complex texts

Year 3 – The public arena - you show your skills to a public and professional audience in films, plays, a tour and two showcases

Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week during the first two years with professional hours worked in the third year.

ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Third year directors are visiting professional theatre or television directors.

Classes are practical involving group, pair and solo exercises; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations. Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.

Scene Study presentations take place twice every term, with studio presentations in Voice and Movement at the end of every term.

Extra-curricular workshops take place in weeks 5 and 11 of each term

Extra-curricular performances take place at the end of each term.

Public Productions

At the end of the year 2 you will take a Shakespeare presentation into local schools. In the final year you will:

Perform in three plays in the ALRA Theatre, taking one of the plays on a short tour

Record a 10 minute film which will streamed on the ALRA website in conjunction with your showcase

Students make a TV presenting showreel and an audio reel, they also perform in a live Showcase in London and Manchester to industry professionals


Upon successfully completing the Three Year Acting Programme you will be awarded:  

      • Diploma in Professional Acting Level 6 (validated by Trinity College, London)

In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our Drama UK accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of your final year

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