Theatre Experience

The Theatre Experience Course at ALRA is aimed at anyone who is interested in applying to drama school or those that have an interest in theatre and wish to improve their acting skills. The course will give you a taste of what life is like at drama school and test your expectations and aspirations against the realities of vocational training.

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  • Fees & Dates
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Classes start at 10am daily. Classes will vary daily and will be primarily in improvisation, movement, voice and character analysis. There will also be specific text work that will cover script analysis, character research and various rehearsal techniques and improvisations that will allow you to experience the demands of a professional rehearsal. Classes are run by ALRA staff and industry professionals. On the Friday of each week the whole day will be run by a professional director. The Shakespeare trip to the Globe is also usually on the Friday.

Classes are limited to 16 participants.

Acting Shakespeare

Week 1 - 27th to 31st July 2015

'How can I bring the text alive, make it vivid, make people hear it for the first time? How can I feel less clumsy and inept? How can I speak it without sounding artificial or 'actory'? In other words 'how can I make it real...?

      • You will learn how to analyse the text and unravel the clues that Shakespeare gave us.
      • Learn how to use the voice to support the text
      • Discover exercises and activities to help you feel confident in breaking down Shakespeare and bring it to life.
      • Building a character –Stanislavski vs. Shakespeare.

New writing

Week 2 - 3rd to 7th August 2015

'How is the world around us reflected in contemporary writing for the theatre? How can I bring my own experience to the work as well as imagine the lives of others?'

      • By looking at the shape and structure of language you will analyse and break down the text and reveal clues of the writers intention.
      • Learn how to use the body effectively to support the communication of the text.
      • Discover exercises and rehearsal techniques that will support the text of this contemporary piece of writing.
      • Building a character –Using the Stanislavski method
      • Receive direction and feedback in relation to performance of text.

Cultural programme

The Shakespeare trip will be to Shakespeare's Globe

In the second week, we usually make a trip to the National Theatre.

Plays to be confirmed nearer the time.

How to apply

Applicants are not asked to audition, but each applicant needs to complete the questionnaire on the application form, giving information about his or her experience (or otherwise) of acting. Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Application form available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Each week can be booked as a separate course and the cost is £275 or you can book both weeks at £500. This is inclusive of the theatre ticket.

The course will be run by Natalie Grady, ALRA tutors and various industry professionals.

For the application form and more info, please contact the course leader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Week 1:
27th July - 31st July 2015

Week 2:
3rd August -7th August 2015

Classes are Monday to Friday from 10 am until 5 pm.

There will be a theatre trip in both weeks (Date of this tbc)

Applicants are not asked to audition

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