Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

RADA Youth Company

RADA’s Youth Company aims to widen participation in drama and higher education by giving young people aged 16 to 20 the opportunity to experience a drama school-like training via Saturday workshops and a final performance to a public audience.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011


Registered Charity in England and Wales (312819)

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  • I can't even imagine having had a career without RADA, it's inseparable from who I am as an actress.

    — Juliet Stevenson, RADA Alumnus


Vocational drama training is highly competitive, intensive and vigorous. RADA’s Youth Company recognises that many young people between 16-20 considering a career in acting or stage management may be unprepared for the demands of the next stage of their training. The RADA Youth Company gives young people aged 16 to 20 the opportunity to experience a drama school-like training over one year on a weekly basis via Saturday sessions over three 12-week terms.


Participants widen their knowledge of drama training through specially-designed sessions led by RADA tutors. They build on communication and confidence skills through fun and engaging acting exercises, vocal and text work and improvisation techniques, culminating in a public performance in the summer term. Youth Company members also receive complimentary tickets to 3rd year BA Acting students’ productions throughout the year allowing them to experience RADA training in action.