RADA Fda Technical Theatre and Stage Management Interview for 2018

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I had interview at RADA last week on the first of their interview days for their tech theatre degree, is there anyone else looking to apply for RADA/need my thoughts on the application and interview process?

I'm currently on a gap year and accepted a place at Royal Central drama school on results day, so I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on their interviews and what they thought of different schools!!
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Hey! I have applied to do theatre production/technical theatre at Surrey and St Marys, I have interviews in Jan/Feb! I dont know anyone whos done the course, what kind of questions did they ask? Ive got a portfolio with prop and costume designs and some analytical pieces about theatre that I have seen. I havent applied to any of the prestigious unis because I dont have any proper experience, how much do you have? Is there any point applying to courses at RADA LAMDA etc?
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Hey! I have applied to do theatre production/technical theatre at Surrey and St Marys, I have interviews in Jan/Feb! I dont know anyone whos done the course, what kind of questions did they ask? Ive got a portfolio with prop and costume designs and some analytical pieces about theatre that I have seen. I havent applied to any of the prestigious unis because I dont have any proper experience, how much do you have? Is there any point applying to courses at RADA LAMDA etc?
Amazing! I had 5 interviews last year, and I had one for RADA last week, and the main thing I can say that ALL of them looked for was passion. So basically just make sure you're saying how working in theatre production would be more than just studying to you, because you feel like that if you were to be successful in it you need a genuine passion!

Be prepared for them to try and throw you at times, at 4/6 interviews I had the questions:

What are your 3 best skills? (Which is quite a standard question to ask)

but then they all followed it with

'If we were to ask your friends, what would they say are the 3 worst things about you?'

In this situation you have to be clever and basically twist your 'bad' things, into positive ones.
For example, I said things along the lines of

'I'm a perfectionist and it can become really frustrating to have such a big need to be organised, but in theatre being a perfectionist works because it means what you're creating is the best it can be'

'I find I get stressed quite easily, but only in theatre is where I find it to be a fuelling type of stress and I actually use the nerves to my advantage to do an even better job'

They basically want to find out about YOU as a person, they won't be mean or try and cause you to say the wrong thing, because after all they WANT people to come and do their course! Essentially, just talk about your experiences with theatre, be willing to say 'I've actually got it in my portfolio here if you'd like to see', be passionate and say what you enjoy about the Course they are providing. It's all well and good having a huge amount of experience, but if you don't show understanding of what you can get out of THEIR course, they may not think you're right for them!

My last tip is to ask a lot of questions once they've asked theirs, they love seeing interest because it links to all the passion stuff. So in all of mine I said questions like:

"what's your employment rate after graduation?" "what makes ______ different as a university/drama school?" "what different things can I expect to study in detail on the course?" etc!

Hope that helps and best of luck with all your interviews!

EDIT: My experience has been at a school level mainly, I've done roles that vary between Sound Tech/Lighting Tech and Stage Manager. At the moment I'm on a gap year working as a Performing Arts Technician (so I'm basically doing all tech stuff!) at the school I went to; because we are performing arts specialist. Other than that I've only ever done work in my local theatre but that hasn't been huge roles, and then my biggest role has been being a Sound Engineer at a huge musical festival. But realistically, my experience hasn't been huge, and I've still managed to have offers from universities AND the top drama schools!

So like I said, they are really looking for passion and potential in you, as they will teach you everything you need to know anyway! So I think 100% apply to drama schools too, it's great interview experience and you never know what will come of it, they may see potential in you and want to shape you through their way of teaching!
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Amazing! I had 5 interviews last year, and I had one for RADA last week, and the main thing I can say that ALL of them looked for was passion. So basically just make sure you're saying how working in theatre production would be more than just studying to you, because you feel like that if you were to be successful in it you need a genuine passion!

Be prepared for them to try and throw you at times, at 4/6 interviews I had the questions:

What are your 3 best skills? (Which is quite a standard question to ask)

but then they all followed it with

'If we were to ask your friends, what would they say are the 3 worst things about you?'

In this situation you have to be clever and basically twist your 'bad' things, into positive ones.
For example, I said things along the lines of

'I'm a perfectionist and it can become really frustrating to have such a big need to be organised, but in theatre being a perfectionist works because it means what you're creating is the best it can be'

'I find I get stressed quite easily, but only in theatre is where I find it to be a fuelling type of stress and I actually use the nerves to my advantage to do an even better job'

They basically want to find out about YOU as a person, they won't be mean or try and cause you to say the wrong thing, because after all they WANT people to come and do their course! Essentially, just talk about your experiences with theatre, be willing to say 'I've actually got it in my portfolio here if you'd like to see', be passionate and say what you enjoy about the Course they are providing. It's all well and good having a huge amount of experience, but if you don't show understanding of what you can get out of THEIR course, they may not think you're right for them!

My last tip is to ask a lot of questions once they've asked theirs, they love seeing interest because it links to all the passion stuff. So in all of mine I said questions like:

"what's your employment rate after graduation?" "what makes ______ different as a university/drama school?" "what different things can I expect to study in detail on the course?" etc!

Hope that helps and best of luck with all your interviews!

EDIT: My experience has been at a school level mainly, I've done roles that vary between Sound Tech/Lighting Tech and Stage Manager. At the moment I'm on a gap year working as a Performing Arts Technician (so I'm basically doing all tech stuff!) at the school I went to; because we are performing arts specialist. Other than that I've only ever done work in my local theatre but that hasn't been huge roles, and then my biggest role has been being a Sound Engineer at a huge musical festival. But realistically, my experience hasn't been huge, and I've still managed to have offers from universities AND the top drama schools!

So like I said, they are really looking for passion and potential in you, as they will teach you everything you need to know anyway! So I think 100% apply to drama schools too, it's great interview experience and you never know what will come of it, they may see potential in you and want to shape you through their way of teaching!
Thank you!!
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Hey! I have applied to do theatre production/technical theatre at Surrey and St Marys, I have interviews in Jan/Feb! I dont know anyone whos done the course, what kind of questions did they ask? Ive got a portfolio with prop and costume designs and some analytical pieces about theatre that I have seen. I havent applied to any of the prestigious unis because I dont have any proper experience, how much do you have? Is there any point applying to courses at RADA LAMDA etc?
Hello!
I’m currently in my first year at RADA on the TTSM course, you do not need professional experience to apply I’m one of the few people in my year who have worked professionally albeit in film but most people were in youth theatre and some are just keen to learn. Hope this helps
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Has anybody heard back from RADA yet?
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Hi last month I got offered a place for TTSM too
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Thanks for the responses!
Have you guys had any letters? Holding or acceptance?
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hi everyone !! If you've accepted Rada just to let you know there's a group chat on fb . Message me if you want to be added xxx
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If it’s for TTSM yes please! Xx
Yep it's for ttsm !!
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hi everyone !! If you've accepted Rada just to let you know there's a group chat on fb . Message me if you want to be added xxx
Hi, finally decided on RADA, so could I be added, please? =]
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Hi guys, I’ve been offered a place for the TTSM course for September. I’m weighing up my options and thinking about accommodation in London. Has anyone booked accommodation yet and how much p/w do you think it will be?
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Hello.
I'm looking for somewhere to rent for when I start in September. Any recommendations for which areas to look at, I'm looking for a 2+ bedroom flat for my friend and myself. Both of us have been accepted onto the TTSM xox
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Hi there I got accepted too...
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hi everyone !! If you've accepted Rada just to let you know there's a group chat on fb . Message me if you want to be added xxx
I got accepted too, would you add me?
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