Actor Vicky McClure joins call for more affordable drama training
Line of Duty star Vicky McClure has called for more drama training to be free or cheap in the UK.
The actor praised the Television Workshop in Nottingham, where she formerly attended free classes, claiming “there should be places like that in every city”.
The charity, which used to be subsidised but now charges £100 per term to teach young people performance skills for theatre, television and film, counts Jack O’Connell, Helen Monks and Joe Dempsie among its alumni.
“It’s striking how many successful actors came out of Nottingham,” McClure told Radio Times, adding: “We don’t need to send people to expensive drama schools.”
She continued: “When I went to the Nottingham Television Workshop it was free. Even now it’s affordable – £100 a term – and if people don’t have that there are bursaries and sponsors.”
McClure’s comments follow those of fellow actors Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong, who have both voiced concerns that fees at drama schools such as RADA are too high and will put off young people from poor backgrounds.
Hiddleston said in May: “When I went to college, RADA cost £3,300 for three years. Now it’s £30,000. That needs to change.”
“There’s a justified anger about inequality of opportunity. People feel that spheres of influence, like politics and the arts, have become the preserve of a privileged few,” he added.
Earlier this year, a study claimed a “class ceiling” in theatre stopped many working-class actors breaking through – and meant those who did were paid less.
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