Through performance studies of both historical
and contemporary practices, you will develop creative, practical and
critical skills. This course gives you the opportunity to put your ideas into
practice through regular opportunities to perform, create and devise work.
Studying Drama, Theatre and Performance will open your eyes to a wide range of
career possibilities in the cultural sector and allow you to engage with leading
arts industry professionals.
To enrich your learning, visits to a range of performances, exhibitions and
other cultural events will be integral to your studies, with nothing extra to
pay. These range from some of London’s best shows, to thought-provoking local
also offer regular events, career development activities and workshop/seminar
sessions by visiting artists and scholars, hosted by the Centre for Performance
& Creative Exchange, the main forum for our lively research culture and the
base for over 40 artists and researchers following our MA/MRes and MPhil/PhD
During your three years with us you
will be taught by staff that are passionate about their field, and who have a
diverse range of research interests. Staff on the programme were judged as
conducting research that is "world-leading" and "internationally
excellent" in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise.
In your first year, you will be introduced to a wide range of performance histories and practices and will have the opportunity to devise and perform your own work. You will take the making of theatre back to its basics, exploring seminal plays and ways in which performance shapes culture, including beyond the arts. You will also have the opportunity to meet actors, writers, directors, producers, independent performance artists, arts administrators, venue managers and educators – and hear how their working lives have taken shape.
The second year gives you the chance to focus your interests through a wide range of modules grouped into four themes: Critical Perspectives; Histories, Forms and Practices; Performance Laboratory, which uses the studio as a laboratory for the practical examination of performance codes; and Production, focussed on performances designed for public presentation. Current modules available include topics as diverse as stage design, digital media and the history of comedy.
In year 3, you will focus in more depth on the four themes, and also undertake a research project. New modules are introduced on a regular basis and are informed by current staff research. You can expect to engage with ideas and approaches at the cutting edge of the performing arts, from animal/cyborg performance to post-colonial theatre. You will have the chance to work with established professional theatre companies on a Work Placement module, developing your career skills. Your final project will involve writing a play or a dissertation or creating a practice-as-research project that mixes genres and media – making work that you can use as springboard for your next move after graduation.