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Two Weeks Acting Intensive | TV/ Radio/ Stage

25th JULY- 29th JULY 2016

1st AUGUST - 5th AUGUST 2016

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.

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


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.

What we will cover

Week 1 - 25th to 29th July 2016

Acting Shakespeare

‘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.
  • 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.
  • build a character – Stanislavski vs. Shakespeare.

Week 2 - 1st to 5th August 2016

New writing

‘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.

You will 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.
  • build a character – Using the Stanislavski method

NEW! We will also be adding in Acting For Camera and Acting For Radio. These workshops will be run by an experienced Television director and Radio director.

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 or The Young Vic.

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.


natalie grady summer courseEach 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.


Example of last years timetables


ALRA South 2015 Week 1 Timetable ALRA South 2015 Week 2 Timetable


This course is hosted at ALRA South's facilities, The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. For further info on our location, please click on the below image.

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