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Acting: Radio Drama

Summer school for adults

Introduction

This five-day intensive summer school focuses on the skills required to act successfully in radio drama.

The course takes place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s main campus in Renfrew Street where you will be tutored by Hilary Jones from the Centre for Voice in Performance and recorded by a professional sound engineer.

This open access course is aimed at acting students, keen amateur dramatics performers, drama teachers, and theatre professionals who wish to develop and adapt their skills for recorded media.

During the course you will:

  • explore the energies of your voice and learn how to adapt these dynamics to develop a successful microphone technique
  • enhance and hone your acting skills for recorded media
  • Be introduced to the professional demands and protocols of the industry
  • Work as a company to record a radio play.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This five-day intensive summer school focuses on the skills required to act successfully in radio drama.

The course takes place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s main campus in Renfrew Street where you will be tutored by Hilary Jones from the Centre for Voice in Performance and recorded by a professional sound engineer.

This open access course is aimed at acting students, keen amateur dramatics performers, drama teachers, and theatre professionals who wish to develop and adapt their skills for recorded media.

During the course you will:

  • explore the energies of your voice and learn how to adapt these dynamics to develop a successful microphone technique
  • enhance and hone your acting skills for recorded media
  • Be introduced to the professional demands and protocols of the industry
  • Work as a company to record a radio play.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

We begin by listening to a radio play and learning how the expectation of the script (which will be issued in advance to all participants) is realised for the listener/audience. Practical exercises will establish basic microphone technique and you will be introduced to the vocabulary and studio protocols used in radio drama

Technical skills are developed and consolidated through rehearsal, recording and playback using a variety of scenes from different genres of radio plays. You will also have the opportunity to play with the art of ‘spot effects’ and ‘wild tracks’ – exploring how the human voice becomes a ‘camera’, creating entire worlds for the radio audience.

The final two days of the summer school will see the group work together as a radio drama company, following professional production values as we perform and record an entire radio play, a copy of which will be made available to you.

Financial support



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 Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





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 Lifelong Learning.

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.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course, but participants should have some previous drama experience. Equally important are a curiosity to explore the fascinating world of radio drama, a passion to discover more about this art form and a sense of fun and open mindedness!

Preparing for your course

Before the course

You will be sent more detailed information about the course approximately a fortnight before the start date. In the meantime, start listening to Radio 4 and Radio 4 Xtra – the BBC’s main stations for radio drama. Here you will find a world of comedies, books at bedtime, classic serials and short stories all of which will help you ‘tune in’ and develop a heightened sense of what is involved in this style of acting.
At the end of the course you will have recordings to take away with you, please bring a USB pen drive with you.

During the course

The course will be run according to the demands of the profession. This means we work quickly on exercises, scenes and scripts. Preparation will be required before each day’s recording with some material being sent out in advance. Please let us know if you require additional preparation time.

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Hilary Jones

Hilary has been a member of The Centre For Voice in Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 1996, having previously taught at a number of major UK drama schools, including Central, RWCMD, Rose Bruford and GSA. Her international profile includes training for The Singapore Broadcasting Company, Accents and Dialects for Flinders University and the Sydney Conservatoire in Australia, visiting Voice Professor at The Academy of Film and Theatre in Bucharest and voice coach for the award winning Teatrro Biuro Podrozy in Poland. Closer to home, she has coached on productions for The National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Court in London. TV and film work includes Lip Service for Kudos (BBC3) Case Histories (BBC1) Waterloo Road (BBC1) and You Instead for Sigma Films.

Hilary has a particular research interest in Performance Stress, was a founding member of ISSTIP and has acted in an advisory capacity for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. Her research profile includes examining the role of EMDR in Vocal training the findings of which were presented at a number of conferences including the British Voice Association(2010) ‘The Art of Well-being’ York St. John University (2011), and ‘Knowing Ways-Critical Reflections’ International Symposium (Edinburgh 2011). Her latest project- MEDEA – a WordPress site devoted to accents and dialects, launched in March 2015.