London's Theatre and Performance: Viewing, Making, Writing


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  • You will attend a curated series of performances and cultural events at leading venues across London
  • Content driven by the varied research specialisms of staff and current developments in the field, e.g. spectatorship as a practice, live art and museum culture, feminism and performance and intercultural theatre
  • A unique programme that can be tailored to your interests, from performance to dramaturgy, from arts management or creative production to scholarship and cultural criticism
  • Roehampton is situated in south west London, one of the most famous and respected cities for the enjoyment of theatre and performance.


Taking the wealth and diversity of London’s unique artistic culture as its prime focus, this unique programme opens up a variety of pathways to students looking to focus their interests in the broad field of theatre and performance. Shaped around a series of thematic investigations of the city’s unparalleled theatrical and cultural resources, you will be able to pursue a range of projects matched to your professional aspirations.

The programme engages with three basic approaches to study: viewing, making and writing, with students given the freedom to interpret key assessment tasks in line with their developing research and professional interests.

This is a flexible MA with full-time and part-time attendance options and which provides a sound practical and theoretical basis from which to move on to professional practice and training or further study at MPhil/PhD level.

You will join a welcoming and diverse postgraduate community in a well-established UK department of drama, theatre and performance which offers a range of opportunities to work on staff and student-led projects in addition to your own studies.


Viewing is at the heart of the programme, with regular collective attendance at a curated programme of events in London, during the Autumn and Spring terms, selected by the tutor team and provided without charge to students.* Making connections between these events, you will explore a range of themes, genres and contexts that shape the performing arts in the city. This experience is supported by a programme of guided reading and discussion-based seminar sessions.

Making and Writing are the strands of the programme where you develop your own responses to these themed investigations, which act as the springboard for your own projects. You will have the freedom to choose from a variety of formats for your assessed work, which might include live performance, theatre criticism, photographic, video or sound-based work. You can choose to explore a variety of formats and approaches or focus your work on a particular type of practice. In the first term, you will be introduced to a range of creative and analytical research methods that are designed to support the development of your own interests, leading on to a proposal for a major project that you undertake during the second half of the year. Writing offers a pathway for students to explore forms of textual practice, including writing for performance, theatre criticism, performative writing, dramaturgical research and response. This approach also offers the possibility of developing new kinds of conversations between audiences, artists, producers and other constituencies in the performance cultures of the city.

*Students cover the cost of travel to and from each venue

Roehampton is situated in south west London, one of the most famous and respected cities for the enjoyment of theatre and performance. Viewing is at the heart of this MA programme, and regular attendance at a curated programme of events is provided without charge.*

Students will visit a variety of theatre and performance venues across London, taking in a range of art-forms and different approaches to theatre-making. As part of the course the 2017/2018 cohort experienced:

  • North Country Girl at the Old Vic
  • Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic at UAL’s Platform Theatre
  • Victoria Melody’s Ugly Chief at Battersea Arts Centre 
  • Angel at the Arcola Theatre 
  • Against at the Almeida Theatre 
  • Rachael Young’s Nightclubbing; Katy Baird’s Unreal; and The Katherine Araniello Show at The Yard Theatre
  • Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse
  • B at the Royal Court 
  • Under Glass at the Hackney Showroom
  • Yasmine Hugonnet’s Le Recital des Postures at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells 
  • Sondheim’s Follies at The National Theatre 
  • La Tragedie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall 
  • Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre 
  • Julius Caesar NT Live broadcast at Ibstock Place School 

Students have also visited the Tate Modern to see Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performance 1980-1981 and enjoyed a tour of the V&A Theatre Archives at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia.

*Students cover the cost of travel to and from each venue

This course develops students towards professional careers in the Arts as well as towards possible PhD or MFA study. The variety of approaches also encourages students to develop entrepreneurial skills in creative practice careers.

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Life at Roehampton

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

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