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ALARM students turn Cuckoo with first-hand radio experience

Second year Acting for Live and Recorded Media students at The Arden gained valuable experience when they took part in a read-through of Roy Williams’ adaptation of ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’ by John Wyndham.

The students, who are about to start the module Acting for Radio, were thrown into the deep-end last week, working with actors such as Julie Hesmondhalgh, Chris Jack, and Arden alumna Cherylee Houston on the BBC Radio 4 drama produced by Naked Productions.

Their involvement in the project came when their teacher Rachel Austin, a regular actor in BBC afternoon plays, was approached by director Polly Thomas. Rachel has lead the module Acting for Radio for almost four years, which covers the specific techniques required for the medium. Rachel’s connections ensure the students get a real industry experience throughout the module, from visiting Mediacity UK and observing BBC Radio Dramas being produced first-hand, to workshops with radio drama Producers.

“I was absolutely thrilled with each students composure, confidence and professionalism. I am so proud to be building these exciting connections within the industry and I only hope we can continue to ensure our students get the best opportunities when embarking upon a career in the arts.” said Rachel.

The Acting for Live and Recorded Media programme ensures that students are prepared for all aspects of being a working actor. Featuring an equal split across Stage, Screen and Audio and led by a team of industry practitioners, it ensures that students graduate with the latest techniques and practices, and a wealth of industry connections at their disposal.

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