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Sorrel Carson

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Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

Sorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler

ALRA Studio One The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building John Archer Way Wandsworth London SW18 3SX England

Studio 24-25, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, London SW18 3SX, UK

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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) is a British drama school situated on Wandsworth Common, South West London and in Wigan, Greater Manchester making it the only Drama UK drama school to offer identical training at two separate institutions across the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1979 by director and actor Sorrel Carson who then directed the school as its Principal until 2001. The Principal of the school is Adrian Hall. ALRA was the first drama school to offer training which included all media; live theatre, film, TV and Radio. ALRA claims to still be the only Drama UK drama school to offer all four media forms throughout the entire three years of training to its acting students.


ALRA is a member of Drama UK, formerly the Conference of Drama Schools (CDS) and National Council for Drama Training (NCDT) and receives funding from the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA). It is one of only twenty-one schools approved to offer Government funded Dance and Drama Awards, a scheme established to subsidise the cost of professional dance and drama training for the most talented students, at leading institutions.


The first and original location, now dubbed ALRA South, is located within the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, a Victorian Gothic Grade 2 listed building on the edge of Wandsworth Common, South West London.

The second location, named ALRA North, is located in Wigan, Greater Manchester in a newly refurbished complex. ALRA North accepted its first group of students in September 2010. The curriculum and teaching methods are the same as ALRA South's and as such all courses at ALRA North are still accredited by Drama UK, formerly the NCDT and CDS. The degrees are awarded by the University of Greenwich and diplomas awarded by Trinity College London.


ALRA offers the following courses:

  • Three year Acting course - leading to BA (Hons) Acting/National Diploma in Professional Acting
  • One year Acting course - leading to MA Professional Acting/National Certificate in Professional Acting
  • Foundation Acting
  • Stage Management and Technical Theatre Foundation Courses
  • Various short courses throughout the year, see website.
  • Acceptance

    Admission to the school is based on three rounds of auditions and finally an interview with The Directors of The School, The Registrar and The Audition Panel. The audition is held over the course of a single day.

    Notable alumni

  • Jimmy Akingbola
  • Samuel Anderson (actor)
  • Clive Ashborn
  • Anna Brecon
  • Lorraine Bruce
  • Stephanie Chambers
  • Ian Champion
  • Thomas Craig
  • Elizabeth Croft
  • Amanda Eliasch
  • Tanya Franks
  • Francesca Gonshaw
  • Denise Gough
  • Miranda Hart
  • Daniel Healy (actor)
  • Joanna Jeffrees
  • Elizabeth Keates
  • Lucy Liemann
  • Robert Lonsdale
  • Kim Lukas
  • Paul McEwan
  • Sarah Parish
  • Mark Pegg
  • Lisa Ray
  • Vincent Regan
  • Hannah Waddingham
  • References

    Academy of Live and Recorded Arts Wikipedia

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