Awards Assessment with RADA

FREE 
Taster Session

FREE
Taster Session

FREE 
Taster Session

FREE
Taster Session

FREE 
Taster Session

FREE
Taster Session

Wolverhampton 21st February, 2022

Awards Assessment with RADA

A regular part of PQA Wolverhampton’s year has always been our Project
with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) taking students through
their Shakespeare Awards.

The last time RADA had face to face exams was coincidentally at PQA
Wolverhampton, in March of 2020 literally days before the first lockdown
came into force. Saturdays assessments were the first face to face since
then bringing the whole COVID thing full circle and hopefully marking the
end of a strange era for everyone.

For the awards, students have to learn pieces from various plays which are
of differing levels of difficulty and then perform them to assessors from
RADA, is not an exam as such – there is a minimum level of attainment
required – but more of a workshop to enhance their skills with advice from
professionals from the very esteemed Drama School. Both assessors are
professional actors with extensive careers, who also work training the next
generation of actors with RADA.

With over 30 students taking the bottom 2 levels and 1 taking the highest
level available it was a busy and exciting day, “It is interesting to see who
suddenly steps up and ‘gets it’ on the day, there are always a few surprises
and this year has been no exception” teacher Julian Hoult explains, “It is
something that everyone can learn but it is a very pure form of acting that
introduces them to the need to deliver lines with lots of expression”.

“Getting young people to grasp the importance of Shakespeare for a
budding actor is difficult”, Principal Julian says, “they are usually taught his
works in English classes which makes it a very dry subject, it needs to be
seen ‘on it’s feet’ in live theatre and kids interaction with it needs to be
through performance rather than reading scripts. The RADA Shakespeare
Awards allows them to choose from carefully chosen, vibrant, monologues
and sonnets and to put them into action, imagining themselves onstage
delivering the lines. Indeed at the higher levels students must even describe
how they would envisage staging a play.”

With the requirement to have at least 1 Shakespeare piece in their
repertoire when applying for Drama Schools and it still being a major part of
drama degree syllabus’ it is essential that young people develop a familiarity
and comfort with the works before even applying. RADA Shakespeare
Awards gives them an opportunity to do just that.

“It always does students good to hear advice from outside people such as
the RADA Assessors that echoes what our teachers tell them, sometimes
the familiarity with our team means that students forget the teachers have
degrees and more along with professional experience. It is also often the
vehicle through which they realise the importance of learning lines well
before the day, the night before is just not enough”.


PQA Wolverhampton students will be able to take their next levels in the awards in 2023.