Inset course: Drama School Auditions
Teachers and lecturers preparing their students for Drama School auditions are now able to join us on the audition panel for a day to improve the chances for their students at audition.
Observe the audition process with the panel, and sit in on detailed discussions about what you’ve seen. The day ends with an opportunity to discuss the process with senior staff at ALRA.
Maximum places: two per audition day.
Outreach - Talks and Auditions
As part of the ALRA commitment to widening participation and access for all, Adrian Hall runs an extensive outreach programme which covers schools, colleges, sixth form schools and universities.
Each year we visit approximately 40 institutions mostly FE and Sixth form colleges and some universities. In the morning, there is a talk about life at drama school to your students in their first year of college or Sixth Form, lasting about an hour and a half. There's plenty of time to ask questions about funding, course structure, and the crucial differences between different drama school courses and degrees. This talk is a very good general introduction to drama school, and not specifically pitching ALRA. There is a small charge (£25) towards travel and admin for these trips.
An afternoon session can also be added, where students are auditioned on-site at your school or college. This is an opportunity for students to audition for a drama school without paying the expensive train fares to and from London or Wigan. Any school or college which has at least eight students keen to audition for ALRA should get in touch and arrange for us to come out to you.
'Thank you so much for the effort you made to get through the snow. I can't imagine many other people doing that - it really says a lot about ALRA and has put you apart from other schools for me.'
'Firstly, I would like to thank you very much for the talk you gave today, I can honestly say it was by far and away the most inspiring and useful talk I have heard since attending college.
Whilst ALRA was not on the top of my list of drama schools before your presentation, it certainly is now. I feel that if the course shows the level of guidance and professionalism that you showed yourself then it certainly deserves its place amongst the top rankings on any list of drama schools to consider for training.'
'The outreach programme has given our students invaluable help and encouraged them to aim higher. Every year more of our students attain places at Conference Schools and I believe that the visits and masterclasses from Adrian Hall have played an enormous part in helping to achieve this success. A visit from a drama school makes their future aspirations more real and possible. We have also had a production from ALRA tour here and that performance experience and the time that ALRA students gave ours after the performance to talk and answer questions has been a tremendous motivator! It is a relationship which we are grateful for and hope will continue.'
'Your visit to Huddersfield New College to talk to our students was very much appreciated. Students who are applying for courses in performing arts and related fields face a much more complex range of options than most other students We very much appreciated the fact that you were able to offer both a presentation and a practical workshop as together they gave students a real insight into vocational training and education. What certainly did come across to students was the reality of the level of commitment and stamina required for this type of programme of study. The feed back from both teaching staff and students was excellent and we would certainly welcome another visit from you in the future.'
Spring touring of final year shows
Each Spring, ALRA takes its shows out on the road, touring to schools and colleges.
These shows are brought at no cost to the school (though we do appreciate a bit of lunch, and maybe a minibus ride to the station), and can be scheduled for afternoon or evening performances.
'I just wanted to say thanks so much for setting up the visit by ALRA students to Kirklees College. The students really loved the performance and there's been a lot of talk about the impact of the visit already (we're not even back until Monday!). Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to the cast and crew for a well performed and thought-provoking show and also for the generous sharing of thoughts and experiences in the post-show discussion.'
Bridie Moore [Kirklees College, Huddersfield]