Festivals and Competitions

As a fully accredited Drama UK school, students are eligible to represent Drama Studio London in the following festivals and competitions.

The BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award Radio Competition

Drama Studio London winners of this prestigious award:

Every year, four graduating year students are chosen by the Microphone Technique Faculty through an internal audition process. These students, along with students from all the accredited schools subsequently perform monologues, duologues, an ensemble scene and sight-reading for a panel of Producers and Directors at the BBC in the Radio Studios of Broadcasting House. The winners are each given a five-month contract with the Radio Drama Company and the four runners up are each offered a freelance engagement in a Radio Drama production later in the year.

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The Spotlight Showcase

Every year each Drama UK school nominates one actor or actress from their graduating year for entry into the Spotlight Prize. The nominated students are then invited to perform at the Spotlight Showcase where the final two prize winners are selected. A panel of industry experts award two prizes based on the performances: Best Actor/Actress (£2,000) and Highly Commended Actor/Actress (£1,500). All nominated students also win a free year's membership with Spotlight and a free ticket to the Spotlight Student Summer Ball. The nominees perform a series of monologues to an exclusive VIP audience of agents and casting professionals and a panel of industry experts award the Spotlight Prizes based on these performances.

Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre (pictured above)

Two students from each of the UK’s top drama schools are nominated to take part in a workshop and performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on London's South Bank, where they present a scene by William Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries. The performance takes place one Sunday afternoon in front of the public as well as industry professionals, and offers a heady mix of tragical, historical, pastoral and comical scenes. At the end, all participants join together on stage to finish the show with a festive jig.  This annual festival is a useful springboard for aspiring classical actors and a wonderful opportunity to perform on the famous stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Workshops

Four students are chosen by our faculty to spend two days (accommodation provided) with the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon- Avon. RSC staff will give workshops and you'll be able to meet with the actors and casting personnel of the company. In addition, as part of your time in Stratford, you will see a production in the recently renovated theatre.

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Key Facts

  • Start Date: Monday 23rd October 2017
  • End Date: End of July 2020
  • Audition Fee: £47.50
  • Qualification: BA Hons in Professional Acting
  • Accreditation: Drama UK
  • Career Launch: Showcase, Ensemble Performance, 2 Graduation Shows

Tom Vanson

1YR Professional Acting 2014

DSL was life-changing, and I write that fully aware of how horribly cliched it is, but it's true. A well-developed course, supportive staff and real professional experience have made it a delight to train here.

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