Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

This course is a creatively, physically and intellectually demanding, advanced level, conservatoire acting programme specialising in Contemporary plays. Perform in two fully-realised public productions and an industry showcase; Hone the individual technical craft of the actor, and release your collaborative and imaginative creativity within a small ensemble company (typically 14-16 students); Take part in practical group classes in acting, movement and voice, undertaking separate period dance and stage combat training; Follow the basic structure of ?intensives? and ?studios? with classes examining particular theatrical forms combined with physical and vocal training, and individual research; The Contemporary course addresses the actor?s relationship with the writer, from Early Modern times to the present day through the exploration of: Shakespeare and his legacy; Chekhov, Stanislavski and the birth of naturalism; the actor and 20th century playwriting; new writing and the development of new work.

The course combines teaching in practical voice, movement and acting techniques with an exploration of some of the key playwrights who have helped forge the canon of Western theatre, from the Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists to Chekhov, and from Beckett to Kane and beyond. Uniquely it explores the relationship between the two artists at the core of much Western theatre: the actor and the writer. Plays are frequently developed in collaboration between actors and writers, sometimes directly and sometimes mediated by a director. You are encouraged to explore your role as a creative artist in relation to writers and the written word. as well as exploring your role as a theatre maker.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,882 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,882 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £21,413 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will normally have either undertaken conservatoire training, have professional acting experience, or have a degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies. Students from other disciplines may be considered if you have sufficient experience of theatre. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview, and you may also be required to take part in a short practical workshop and/or submit a short piece of written work.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.