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The Stage Scholarships 2018: Rose Bruford College

Students at Rose Bruford. Photo: Michael O’Reilly

Set in Kent parkland yet only 25 minutes from central London, the Sidcup-based school is offering one student the chance to study on its acting foundation course free of charge, writes Paul Vale

Perhaps one of the best-known drama schools outside central London, Rose Bruford College has joined forces with The Stage to offer a full scholarship on its acting foundation course.

Course director Pat O’Toole explains the appeal of this partnership with The Stage: “We want to offer a range of financial options for anyone who is thinking of doing a foundation course. We appreciate the costs involved in training and want as many people to know about our scholarship and bursary schemes. The Stage is a perfect partner to reach the students who want to go into this industry.”

Rose Bruford was established in 1950 and its alumni include Oscar-winner Gary Oldman and Olivier-winner Katie Brayben. The school is set in beautiful parkland in Kent, providing a creative environment for students to learn, grow and develop their craft. It boasts excellent facilities and highly experienced tutors, including regular classes with industry professionals.

O’Toole says: “We have a rich variety of part-time, graduate, postgraduate and online programmes as well as our youth theatre. We are proud of our strong international links, our cultural diversity and the collaboration between our performance and technical and design courses.”

The lucky scholarship winner will receive funding for a place on the 20-week acting foundation course in Sidcup, valued at £8,250. The course began in 2014 as a direct response to a growing need to bridge the gap between college and further training at university or drama school. The course now runs at four venues in the UK but The Stage Scholarship will be awarded to a student on the Sidcup course.

“The foundation courses aim to prepare students to put their feet on the starting line of their career. It’s as much about personal development as it is about acquiring skills,” O’Toole says. “It provides more than 30 hours of contact teaching a week in voice, movement, conditioning, singing, acting, ensemble, film and TV, as well as weekly masterclasses and two full-time projects.

“This course offers an opportunity to experience life at drama school and discover what sort of artist they want to be. Our students go on to BA and MA courses as well as working in the industry both in the UK, the European Union and in the US. Many of our graduates are writing professionally as well as directing and running their own theatre companies. We want this course to be more than ‘getting into drama school’.”

While this is an intense course, there are still plenty of performance opportunities, with students having two full-time rehearsal projects working on contemporary and classical texts and plays. All performances take place in the rehearsal studios at Rose Bruford and are open to staff and students from the college.

So what will be expected of a prospective student at the audition? “We want our applicants to feel that they can be themselves and so we aim to create an environment that is relaxed and fun,” the course director says. “They will spend three hours with us and in that time will have three workshops in movement/ensemble, voice and acting with text.

“Play is a huge part of our audition process. We always have two foundation ambassadors with us at auditions to support auditionees and answer questions. There is a tour of the college and an opportunity to perform your monologues. At the end of the day, we have a Q&A about the course. We ask everyone to wear comfortable clothes they can move in and to bring a bottle of water.”


Course: Acting foundation (Sidcup)
Educational level: Post-school
Number of scholarships offered: One
Value of scholarship: £8,250
What costs are covered? Fees
Where is the school: Sidcup, Kent – 25 minutes from central London by train.
Audition date: May 26
How do I apply? Register online for the acting foundation course in Sidcup, stating that you wish to be considered for The Stage Scholarship.

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