LAMDA features on BBC Radio 4 'A Class Act’

Recent LAMDA graduates Elliot Edusah and Yolanda Ovide were interviewed by BBC Radio 4 for ‘A Class Act’. Listen again to the programme here.

Presented by Lenny Henry, the programme explores how to get more young working-class and BAME actors into the arts and entertainment industry.

Discussing her audition for LAMDA, Yolanda said: “I come from a single parent background so I’m not the sort of person who would ever pressure my mother for anything and LAMDA were very understanding of that in the beginning when they offered me the place.”

Elliot added: “I see LAMDA, they’re trying to make a change. They’re trying to get as many diverse directors & trustees to work with us in our final year.”

Both students graduated in 2018. Yolanda is currently starring in the UK Tour of The Comedy about A Bank Robbery and Elliot is currently on an international tour with Barbershop Chronicles.

Open Door also featured as part of the feature, a charitable organisation which LAMDA has partnered with to offer free audition places and travel bursaries.

LAMDA believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone and that funding should not be a barrier to training. We are committed to training the most talented students regardless of background, academic achievements or financial circumstances.

We know that applying to drama school can be a daunting prospect which is why we audition at 11 cities across the UK and Ireland to help reduce travel costs. Additionally we offer audition fee waivers and travel bursaries. Every year we provide additional financial support to approximately one in five students on our undergraduate courses, awarding £340,000 in scholarships annually to help with tuition fees and living costs.

For more information on applying for LAMDA and financial support available visit our application pages here.