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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London Acting & Drama School
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ALRA South
TypeDrama school
Active1979–2022
FounderSorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler
Location,
SW18 3SX
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AffiliationsTrinity College London, CDET, Federation of Drama Schools, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Websitealra.co.uk
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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) was a British drama school. It had two sites: ALRA South on Wandsworth Common in south London and ALRA North in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It was founded in 1979 by director and actor Sorrel Carson who then directed the school as its principal until 2001. The current acting principal was Kieran Sheehan.

ALRA was a member of Drama UK, formerly the Conference of Drama Schools, and National Council for Drama Training, both organizations since dissolved, and receives funding from the Young People's Learning Agency. It was a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.[1]

It was announced that ALRA was to close with effect from 4 April 2022.[2] Students were offered the chance to complete their studies at Rose Bruford College.[3]

Locations and origins

ALRA South was in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, a Victorian Gothic Grade 2 listed building on the edge of Wandsworth Common.[4] Until 1982/3 it was in a converted church hall in East Finchley, North London. The first school was opened in a Church Hall in East Finchley in 1979.

ALRA North, was in Wigan, Greater Manchester, opened in September 2010. The curriculum and teaching methods are the same as at ALRA South.

Courses

ALRA offered the following courses:

Acceptance

Admission to the school was based on three rounds of auditions and finally an interview with the school's directors, its registrar and an audition panel. The audition was held over the course of a single day.

Notable alumni

See also: Category:Alumni of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

References

  1. ^ Granger, Rachel. "Rapid Scoping Study on Leicester Drama School" (PDF). De Montfort University Leicester. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Statement on ALRA". Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Archived from the original on 5 April 2022. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Students offered places at Rose Bruford following ALRA drama school closure". Office for Students. Archived from the original on 4 April 2022. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  4. ^ "ALRA South, Wandsworth, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building". alra.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ "BA Hons Acting, acting BA, 3 Year, Vocational, Professional course". alra.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Master in acting, MA professional acting course | PG Acting | Full-Time". alra.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "MA Directing, MA Theatre Directing | Postgrad course | ALRA". alra.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Foundation Acting Course (Full Time) | ALRA". alra.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Short Courses & Workshops". ALRA. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  10. ^ Masso, Giverny (18 July 2019). "ALRA North student Rhiannon Clements wins 2019 Spotlight Prize for best stage actor". The Stage. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

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