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Performance Company

A Year-long Weekly Short Course


Our Performance Company in-person course focuses on the rehearsal and production of a play text performances, facilitated by an experienced theatre director. It provides an opportunity for people age 16+ with previous drama or acting experience to work towards public performances in a Royal Conservatoire venue.

The theatre company will adopt an ensemble approach to theatre practice. Students will be involved in all aspects of production and focus on rehearsal techniques, performance styles, research, staging and production.

Throughout the course, you will develop technical and creative skills through practical workshops and rehearsals. This will include voice, movement, character development and staging.

You will rehearse and perform a contemporary or classical play which will be performed for a public audience in one of the Conservatoire’s performance venues.

The rehearsal process will be similar to what you would experience in a professional rehearsal room. It will involve a supportive and collaborative process and you will be expected to contribute ideas and work as an ensemble.

The rehearsals will involve vocal and physical warm-ups, acting exercises and text work. It will be hard work – you will be expected to learn lines in good time and attend all rehearsals – but it will be a lot of fun!

There are no entry requirements for this open access course but to get the most out of it you should have some experience of performance and a practical understanding of theatre and performance skills. Ideally you will have done our Acting 1 or Acting 2 adult evening course or something similar.

Regular attendance on this course is particularly important as you will be working towards an ensemble performance.

Credit-Rated Pathway

We are offering a credit-rated option for this class, giving students the opportunity to gain SCQF credits upon submission. This will not be mandatory, however students can sign up for the credit-rated option by following the steps listed in Credit-Rated tab below. There are two separate booking links – please sign up for the course in the first instance by using the Book Now button, and then sign up for the additional credit-rated option after you have completed your course booking. For courses that require approval, students should wait until they have been offered a place before signing up for credit-rated options.

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The important details



14 November 2024 - 19 June 2025

Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm

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

Course Information

This course is aimed at people with significant acting experience who are looking to further develop their training. It is suitable for people who have attended our Acting 2 course, or have equivalent experience.

Please make sure you fully complete the Reason and Experience sections in the application form to outline why you want to join the course. You may be contacted if we need further information, this is to make sure that you are on the right course for you.

We expect you to undertake a certain amount of self-directed study and preparation out with class times. Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and willing to work as part of a team.

  • Plan and prepare to attend all classes.
  • Dress comfortably in clothes which are suitable for the activity you are taking part in.
  • Bring a notepad and pen/pencil in case you wish to make notes.
  • Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during your class.

Credit-rated short courses are designed in accordance with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

This course is credit-rated at SCQF Level 7, 20 credits.

By studying a credit-rated short course, students can benchmark their learning against national standards, and credits may be used towards further education programmes at many institutions throughout the world.

There is an additional fee of £100 to take part in the credit-rated portion of the course. Please ensure you have already signed up to the course via the Book Now button on the webpage. Once you have completed that, please sign up for the credit-rated option, by completing this booking form:

Credit-rated Booking Form

By studying a credit-rated course, you will need to be matriculated to RCS*, we require some additional information from credit-rated students for this reason. Please read through the section below thoroughly before you submit. If you have any questions about what is required, please email and we can help you.

* Please note although Credit-Rated Short Courses students require matriculation to get their accreditation, you will not be a full time matriculated student of RCS. Credit-Rated Short Courses do not qualify for student visas due to the short term nature of the course. You will also not qualify for a student email address or student card.

Please read the following eligible evidence dependant on your nationality and immigration status:

Scottish/Welsh/English/Northern Irish 
(Please provide 1 of the following)
– Passport 
– UK Driving Licence
– Other Photo ID

Irish (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport

Europeans with Settled or Pre-Settled Status (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Online Immigration Status (via Sharecode)

Europeans (post-Brexit) (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Proof of Entry to the UK
– Online Immigration Status (via Sharecode)

Non-Europeans who can use the e-gates (Nationals of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Japan) (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Proof of Entry to the UK
– Vignette
– Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Online Credit Rated courses:
– if studying an online credit-rated course from your own country (outside of UK) you are only required to submit your passport.
– if studying an online credit-rated course within the UK, but do not hold a UK passport, please follow the guidance from above.

The Credit Rated or Admissions team may require further information or proof from individuals, and may be in contact with you to provide further evidence. 


Providing a ShareCode
If you are providing a ShareCode as part of your evidence please visit and follow the instructions to access your code, and provide it in the Experience section of the Booking Form.


The course fees for the full year (27 weeks) are £840 which can be paid in full or instalments throughout the year.

The termly fee breakdown for this course is:

  • Term 1 (5 weeks) = £155.50
  • Term 2 (12 weeks) = £373.20
  • Term 3 (10 weeks) = £311.30

This course will run weekly on Thursday evenings. Please find the term dates below:

  • Term 1: 14 November – 12 December 2024
  • Term 2: 16 January – 3 April 2025
  • Term 3: 17 April – 19 June 2025

There will be a short sharing towards the end of Term 3 for invited friends and family. Dates and times will be confirmed nearer the time.

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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