RADA next stop for University of Lincoln student


A BA (Hons) Drama student has become the first University of Lincoln student to be accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.


Sarah Jane McElhatton beat 3000 hopefuls to claim one of only 26 places on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Diploma course which starts this September.


The 20 year-old from Coventry is excited about joining the Academy, which is widely regarded as the most prestigious drama school in the English speaking world. She said: “I think it’s amazing. Some of the best actors and technical staff have come through there. I had three offers but I wanted to go to RADA because I had the same good feeling about the place that I had when I came to Lincoln.”


Sarah, who has dyslexia, has achieved very highly on her course at the University and believes this is partly down to her tutors and the facilities. She said: “The facilities for people needing additional support are very good at Lincoln. Because of my dyslexia it was very hard for me to do my dissertation, but the tutors were very supportive and I am very proud of it.”


The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts is one of the oldest drama schools in the country. Lord Attenborough is the President of the school and it boasts Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench and Peter O’Toole as associate members.


Sarah is aiming to become a deputy stage manager and has worked in the role for professional productions held at the University’s Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).


Producing Director of the LPAC and Head of the University’s School of Performing   Arts, Michael Earley, commented: “We are very pleased Sarah got into RADA and is pursuing her dream. She’s the first from the University to achieve such a high distinction and has worked very hard, overcoming various difficulties on the way. It is a tremendous accomplishment.”