Acting for radio: improvers

Course Dates: 02/06/21 - 07/07/21
Time: 14:15 - 16:45
Location: Online

Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

You will develop your skills and experience and knowledge of the sector by performing on mic in various radio drama and voice-over settings.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Radio Drama: ‘Omnes’ scenes, narrations, monologues
Voice-overs: A range of solo & small group recordings
Voice reels, and getting work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify the staff working on a radio drama
Explain the process of recording a radio drama
Explain the specific demands of a range of audio recordings
Have an appreciation of what to include on a voice reel and how to seek work in radio drama and voice-overs.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You must have completed Acting for Radio: Beginners; Voice-overs; Radio Presenting or Creating Character voices, or have comparative previous experience
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) before choosing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Practical experience. You will be instructed, then recorded and the work played back. Your work will be analysed by you, your fellow students and tutor. Some recordings will require preparation prior to class.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Recorded material MAY be made available via Google Classroom at the end of the course in accordance with our privacy policies and data protection regulations.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Radio Presenting, Voiceovers, Voice Technique.
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I have already recommended it to a friend. The course has been, engaging, informative and fun.
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Review by anonamous / (Posted on 22/11/2019)
this is a brilliant course , very enjoyable and informative with much practical advice and opportunities to practice acting for radio etc
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
thoroughly enjoyable, full of information and techniques.
Teacher really knows his stuff and delivers the sessions in a natural and relaxed way while meeting all the targets.
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Review by Sam Leon / (Posted on 10/04/2019)
It's hard work but really a good way to learn how to work with your voice, a microphone and other voices.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
A great course, excellent and very experienced teacher. You will learn a lot and gain confidence in front of the mic.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
A fun and informative course, in my view, which built on the skills I learnt in the Acting For Radio beginners course. I recommend it!
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Review by Clo-clo / (Posted on 29/03/2018)
It was plenty of fun doing this course. The combination of learning where to move and position yourself in relation to the microphone, whilst also learning how to use the correct vocal intensity (AND reading the right lines on the given scripts), seemed to give this course the additional benefit of a great brain-training exercise! It was good to also have had the opportunity to work on and record pieces that we had chosen (and in some cases written) ourselves. A fantastic, enthusiastic and energetic tutor!
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Review by Clo-clo / (Posted on 27/03/2018)
I had the same tutor (DG) and this course was the most fun I had in 2017. It is also intensely practical, you get lots of experience working with the mic alone and with others, and the technical advice you get is extremely useful. If you have relevant experience or have done the first course, it only gets better - this course is even better than the first one as it goes deeper into what's required and the delivery. If you are thinking of doing it, do it!! I followed the advice of a reviewer and was not disappointed.
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Review by Multilingual Singer / (Posted on 09/01/2018)
Tutor Biographies
David Gooderson Tutor Website

David is an actor and playwright who has specialised in radio.He has written five plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and acted in more than 400 others, including the pilot episode of "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and comedy shows with David Jason,Roy Hudd, Kenneth Williams and the "Dad's Army" cast. On television he has played the iconic role of Davros in "Dr Who" and Simpkins, the pathologist, in "A Touch of Frost." Three of his plays have been performed in London's West End, including his adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows," which has twice broken box office records. David has been teaching radio technique for 30 years, at the Guildford School of Acting and, since 2001, at City Lit. He currently teaches Acting for radio: beginners and improvers, and in November he is launching a new course, Acting for radio: advanced (DMA001).

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: DMM003

Wed, day, 02 Jun - 07 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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