On Saturday 21st November our group visited RADA.
RADA was established in 1904 and has built an outstanding reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence. The Academy prides itself both on the professional standard of its student productions, which are attended by agents, casting directors and theatre practitioners and on their track record of employment in theatre, film and television.
We were shown round by Ailsa Joy, an actor and writer who graduated in 2013. Her enthusiastic commentary whilst visiting various departments which included the technical departments costumes and props, gave us an in depth knowledge of how this wonderful faculty operates and inspires actors and other creative students in the acting world. We learned that out of 3,000 applicants only 28 are accepted at the Academy
Alumni students include Kenneth Brannagh who is now President of RADA, Richard Attenborough, Ralph Richardson, Mark Rylance, Adrian Lester, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton to name a few as the list of famous actors who attended RADA is endless.
After having lunch in the RADA cafe, we saw a matinee performance of After Miss Julie, Patrick Marber's reworking of Strinberg's tragedy Miss Julie. This was performed by third year students.
We all agreed that this outing was a wonderful experience and enhanced our understanding of the training that actors together with students in other areas of theatre receive.
As Ailsa Joy told us it was privilege to have been a student at RADA.