RADA is holding auditions for its acting, technical theatre and stage management courses in Scotland for the first time.
It follows criticism levelled at the drama school by union Equity, which has previously written to RADA about its lack of auditions for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
BA acting auditions will be held at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow on January 27 and 28. Interviews for technical theatre and stage management training will held in the same location on February 3. The deadline for applying to audition or interview in Scotland is January 13.
RADA has said it hopes to continue auditioning in Scotland in future years and that it “[aims] to cover as many locations as is practically possible, to reach the best talent from across the UK and beyond”.
RADA director Edward Kemp said: “We receive thousands of applications for our courses each year, but we are always striving to make sure that these come from students from across the country, from all kinds of backgrounds.
“That’s why for many years we have been committed to travelling beyond our local area, to places where we know there is exciting young talent, who may not know about RADA or be able to travel to us.
“Applications to all London drama schools remain weighted towards students from London and the South East for many reasons, partly due to the financial impact of travelling to open days, auditions and interviews – especially if you’re applying to several schools.”
RADA graduate actor Ryan Hunter, who is from Glasgow, said that the cost of attending drama school auditions could “marginalise working-class actors”.
He added: “It is essential that auditions are held outside London and every effort is made to find talented artists in their hometowns who would be otherwise unable to audition. This is an exciting step forward in an ever-evolving industry.”
The news follows a meeting between Equity and RADA in June 2019, following a motion in the union’s Scottish AGM discussing the need for drama schools to hold auditions in all the UK’s nations.
Equity’s assistant general secretary Matt Hood said: “Equity is pleased to learn of RADA’s announcement that it will hold first-round auditions in Scotland following our meeting in June 2019. This will increase opportunities for Scottish based potential students to be seen without the additional expense of long distance travel.
“We call on RADA to further expand their audition locations to include Wales and Northern Ireland, to give the same opportunity to potential students in the other nations of the UK.”