Studying in London
The London Dramatic Academy is located at 23 Kensington Square, in one of the most charming areas of London. Centrally located, near museums such as the Victoria and Albert, the Science, and the Natural History, LDA shares its premises with Heythrop College, the philosophy and religion school of the University of London. We have large studios, a library, and smaller rooms for tutorial work. Fordham business and liberal arts students have programs and classes at the London Centre and we share events and activities when appropriate. We are five minutes from the High Street Kensington underground station. Our full-time academic coordinator and office staff are on site to oversee housing, orientation, counseling, events, and activities for all students.
Living In London
Due to the full timetable, Fordham reserves housing for London Dramatic Academy students within a few minutes walk from Kensington Square, in a centrally located neighborhood. The premises have numerous flats with a living/dining room, two or three shared bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bath or shower room. Students live two students to a room, sharing with another LDA student. Students have access to the cafeteria on site at Heythrop College as well as to many supermarkets nearby to the student accommodation and the University.
This week at LDA (29th September-3rd October 2014)
"Last Tuesday, Kathryn told us about Laban’s planes of movement. Although I worked on Laban before, I knew very little about his work. I talk about this moment because it was when I realized the full extent of knowledge I receive here. I can use Laban to create a tempo for my character. I had this realization because LDA focuses on in depth process. Each class provides full length knowledge on something I can use anytime within the future. Learning the full extent of this exercise allows me to dive into my character."
- Aja Singletary
(current LDA student)
This week at LDA (13th-17th September 2014)
"One of the moments I distinctly remember while meeting for the first time with our acting teacher and head of the London Dramatic Academy, Kathryn Pogson, was being told that London is NOT England. Kathryn told us that like many other international cities, London is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. She urged us to travel outside of the city and see the culture that makes this country inherently English. At first, the thought of London not representing the rest of England puzzled me. Prior to studying at LDA, whenever I thought of England I automatically thought of London. Of course, I knew there were many cities outside of London, but anything that I regarded as purely English always drew back to thoughts of London.
Taking Kathryn’s words into account, during my half-term break I decided to see the northern part of the country and visit Liverpool and Manchester. Kathryn was absolutely right. From my first hour or so in Liverpool, I could tell there was something much more ‘English’ about my surroundings. There was something very similar in the way everyone dressed, wore their hair, and even walked. There was a far more relaxed feeling in people’s movement, yet they moved with the confidence that this city was their home. It seemed that the majority of the people I spoke to were born and raised in the north. A big clue was their accents. Everyone had northern English accents. In London, the majority of people I have met seem to have more neutral English accents. In Liverpool and Manchester, everyone’s accent was so distinct and specific, that there would be no way of misplacing them with being from anywhere else in the country.
Liverpool was much smaller than London. It felt very quaint and homey. At the same time though, there was no escaping the notion of a hardworking community. It may have lacked the glamour of London, and even Manchester, but replaced it with a genuine down-to-earth sense of home. Manchester was much bigger than Liverpool, but felt far more laid back than London. It was similar to London in that everything felt modern with a hint of history, but there was no denying the sense of calm in the people.
All in all, I had a great half-term break visiting the northern part of the country. I’m very happy that I took this time and saw a different side to England than what I have become used to in London. I believe this experience will also prove to be very useful for the work we are doing at LDA. In our acting class we’re playing English characters. I believe having gotten a chance to witness a glimmer of true English culture, will aid me in finding my own character’s distinct voice."
- james ellinas
(Current LDA Student)