didn’t have a very good time at RADA, really because
I found that in the very first term I actually expected
to be taught something. It was complete rubbish. I wasn’t
taught anything and I learned at the end of the term that
I was more enthusiastic and knew more about acting at
the beginning of my first term than I did at the end.
And during the two terms, I had two years there, I completely
lost my confidence and my virginity.’
Orton and Halliwell did not excel at RADA and neither
enjoyed their time there. Halliwell had a particularly
difficult time and was not liked by his fellow students.
Balding and older than the other students, his studious
air of superiority alienated him from his younger more
Upon graduation, Orton was awarded a Diploma and Halliwell
the lesser Certificate of Merit, which meant while he
had passed, he was not considered to have met RADA’s
After a short and unsuccessful stint in regional repertory
theatre, Halliwell acting in Llandudno and Orton working
as a stage manager in Ipswich, both returned to London.
Their plans had changed. All ambitions of becoming actors
were cast aside and they devoted their energies to becoming