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Acting: Play (12-17)

Summer School for Child and Young People



“If this is a prison, it is well kept.”

Join us as Short Courses presents the gritty and moving play The Cagebirds by David Campton.

In this extraordinary play, a “room” and a “cage” and “people” and “captive birds” all become confused until a dramatic climax in which we suddenly see reality. Our characters live in a locked room, each absorbed in their own petty interest and in placating the “Mistress” who takes care of them. Then a “Wild One” is thrust in amongst them. They talk of breaking out of the room to find freedom and troubles the others who remain secure in their cage. They all riot in the shattering conclusion to this unforgettable play.

During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to take part in the intensive casting, rehearsing and performance of play. The course is suitable for aspiring actors aged 12 – 17 who wish to develop performance skills and build on previous experience.  

The course is taught by an experienced theatre director, and you will benefit from participating in a simulated professional rehearsal and production process. Workshops will aim to improve your voice, movement and character development skills and you will be introduced to the key elements of textual analysis.  

The course is practical, rigorous and aims to challenge participants technically and creatively. It aims to create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment for ambitious performers.  

By the end of the course participants should have:  

  • strengthened their acting skills, in particular voice and character development  
  • experienced a professional approach to casting and rehearsing  
  • participated in skill-based masterclasses  
  • worked towards a finished production as an acting ensemble  

The final performance will take place on the last day of the course in one of the RCS performance venues.  

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at  

You may also be interested in:  

Acting: for Camera (ages 12 – 14)  

Acting: for Camera (ages 15 – 17) 

The important details

12 - 17


8 - 12 July 2024

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

This is an open access course which is suitable for anyone aged 12 – 17 who is interested in taking part in an intensive rehearsal and performance experience, however previous acting or drama experience is recommended to get the most out of the teaching.

The course is designed so that motivated students will benefit from the study, and the tutors are experienced in teaching across all levels of skill and experience.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, willing to take risks, hard-working and happy to participate in new challenges. The course would particularly benefit people wishing to:

  • build on or refresh previous acting experience
  • explore this as a pathway towards or as an alternative to full-time training
  • investigate the possibilities of pursuing a career in acting

During the course students should dress appropriately in loose and comfortable clothing and be prepared to work without shoes if required. We also ask that students to bring rehearsal clothes to the summer school, i.e. clothes that are dark and neutral.

You should bring water as workshop activities in this course will be physical, and bring a pad and pen to make notes during classes.

All course information will be sent via email approximately 2 weeks before the course start date.

The course runs Monday 8 July – Saturday 12 July, from 10am to 5pm. There will be a short sharing of the work students have been engaging with on the Saturday afternoon for invited family and friends.


Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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