*RADA’s MA Theatre Lab extends an actor’s training and creative development, re-addressing acting as an embodied and exploratory art form at the heart of the theatre-making process. * Exploring techniques applicable to both interpretative and original work, the MA Theatre Lab expands your ability to work collaboratively and independently in various contexts. Working rigorously with expert practitioners, you will experiment with a range of practices empowering you to play a revitalising role in today’s theatre-making landscape. The MA Theatre Lab is a four-term course, running from September to September each year. The course is ideally for applicants who already have strong experience in performance, extending existing training with rigorous experimentation. Instead of replicating RADA's three-year training in one year, it aims to build on applicants’ experience, giving them the tools to further both their independence and their ability to collaborate in the creative process. Each term, your learning and assessment will be focused around practical exploration, followed by written assignments reflecting on your experience. In your final fourth term, over the summer, you will work as an ensemble (in one group or more where appropriate) alongside a professional director to create a piece of work for public performance. The rehearsal process, performance and accompanying reflective document will together constitute your MA dissertation project. Throughout the year there will be further opportunities to share your work and receive extensive feedback from staff and visiting professionals.
The programme is built around four compulsory strands: Acting and performance: practice and methodology; contextual studies / theatre history; voice and movement; the public performance lab.
Each term your practical exploration will be extended through a supported written assignment, reflecting on your experience using existing and emerging theories of performance. In your final term, you will work as an ensemble (in one group or more where appropriate) alongside a professional director to create a piece of work for public performance. The rehearsal process, performance and accompanying reflective document will together constitute your MA dissertation project.
An undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (Level 6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications) and a minimum of three years’ significant experience as a practising actor or performer. In exceptional circumstances, RADA will also consider candidates for the MA with sufficient professional experience who do not hold a undergraduate degree or qualifications equivalent to Level 6. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 8.0 or above for spoken English and 7.5 or above for written English. Please submit your certificates with you programme application. Please note that this is a physically demanding practical programme.
Fees and funding
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