Richmond Drama School is a drama school which strives to educated and inspire students who want to enter the performing arts industry or continue onto to further education, like a Drama School or University.
Richmond Drama School courses standouts due to the exceptional teachers, our talented students and the creative collaboration between them. We have a history of producing some of the greatest talent in the world, as can be viewed by probably the highest profile ex-student Tom Hardy. Tom has been highly successful on both stage and screen, winner of an Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award and a BAFTA Rising Star Award. His films Warrior, Dark Night rises and Lawless have topped box offices all over the world.
Tom Hardy said recently in an interview for BBC news:
"I really needed that string to my bow, It was a make or break year - I didn't get into acting school the first time round and this course was the stepping stone for me. It taught me all the basics which you also learn at acting school: how to walk, transfer ideas to an audience, how to speak clearly, sing and dance, but perhaps most importantly, to strip a script down to the syllable and get down to the basics of what is being said."
A high number of students go on to Degree Courses at leading Drama Schools - recently to LAMDA, East 15, Arts Ed, Drama Centre, Italia Conti, Oxford School of Drama, Drama Studio London and The Poor School as well as to other courses such as Drama at Kingston University and Creative Writing at Roehampton University. Others seek to go straight into all areas of activity undertaken by actors and actresses.
The Drama School includes tutoring in areas such as Text work, Voice, Physical Theatre (Lecoq based), Film and TV work, preparation and presentation of Audition material, sight reading, stage combat, dancing in various styles, and movement. (These aspects may vary each year)
There are a number of professional tutors at RDS who offer advice on CVs, photos, Spotlight, Equity, further study etc.
Written work is always relevant to an actor's necessary private and preparatory study. The requirements of the Access to HE Course's Modules are varied and within the course outline. There are also the RDS Advanced Certificate and RACC Certificate courses, which are practical vocational programmes. There will be no written work required apart from the Actor's Reflective Log. The BTEC in Performing Arts will follow the necessary paperwork for the BTEC Certificate.
No particular 'line' is taken in approaching Acting, students are encouraged to work sensibly towards finding their own ‘system'.