Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

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  • Gain an in-depth understanding of practice and theory with our stimulating range of modules, while working with leading researchers and innovative, illustrious practitioners in the field.
  • Undertake a work placement in renowned creative arts organisations or teaching in local schools and the wider community (recent opportunities with The People Show, Chelsea Theatre and Live Art Development Agency).
  • Trips to see a wide range of world-class performances in London are part of the course. 
  • Roehampton is in the top five universities in England for graduate earnings in drama (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings five years after graduation). 
  • 95% satisfaction with the learning resources on this course (NSS 2020).
  • Latest data shows that 91% of undergraduate students on our drama courses graduated with either a first or a 2:1 in the 2018-2019 academic year (Degree Classification Analysis 2019).

Summary

Studying Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton is the best of both worlds. You’ll be a stone’s throw away from the famous West End and an array of incredible local performance spaces, set in one of the world’s most exciting performance cities, while studying a curriculum of exciting and varied modules with passionate staff who are experts and active practitioners in their field.

This degree provides you with a breadth of understanding of theatre and performance around the world and the impact it has had on our history, culture and identity. You will have the chance to develop a heightened socio-political awareness and a thorough grounding in both conventional and unconventional approaches to performance-making, writing and production. You’ll learn about yourself as a creative, and in the process, equip yourself with the tools you need to thrive in the industry, whether it be on or off the stage.

To enrich your learning, your course includes tickets to a range of theatre productions, as well as trips to exhibitions and cultural events, meaning that you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the performance capitals of the world. You will visit some of London’s most well-known theatres, seeing a variety of high-profile shows, thought-provoking plays and cutting-edge performance events.

We also offer regular workshop and seminar sessions with 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 MPhil/PhD courses.

Students on this course are significantly more satisfied with their engagement with the University, including interactions with academic staff and the skills they develop, than the national average for this subject (UK Engagement Survey, 2018 results). Roehampton is leading the way in learning resources for Drama, Theatre and Performance, with 95% student satisfaction.

Regardless of confidence or previous practical experience, you will have the opportunity to engage heavily in every aspect of the course. In doing so, you will find yourself in a supportive, inclusive community of staff and peers dedicated to helping you flourish as a student, and a graduate, of Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Year one

  • You will begin life at Roehampton by exploring a wide range of performance practices, histories and contexts.
  • There will be countless opportunities to watch and discuss theatre, read, explore and stage plays, and write, devise and perform your own work.
  • Your first year is designed to help you discover where your passion sits within drama and theatre, so that you can hone in and specialise on your interests in your second and third years.

Year two

  • Focus your interests through an engaging selection of practical and theoretical modules. You might investigate directing, acting, comedy, gender in performance, or the way different genres and performances operate and the impact this has on public life.
  • Working as an ensemble, you’ll be given creative control to devise a production you will then perform as part of our annual RoPE festival at the end of the year.
  • Create responses to performance, from ‘framing materials’ to promote and respond to your work (such as a website, artists’ book or blog/vlog), to post-show discussions or site-specific events. 

Year three

  • In your final year, you’ll be able to work with established professional theatre companies on a work placement, developing your career skills and allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the world of theatre in London.
  • You will have access to a selection of optional modules, meaning that you can broaden your horizons further and study topics such as acting in activism, performance in leisure and tourism, and drama in the context of race, gender and sexuality.
  • You’ll also complete your final research project, where you will write a play or dissertation, create a performance, or produce a practice-as-research project that mixes genres and media – producing work you can use as a springboard for your next move after graduation.

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory modules (single honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Theatre Workshop 1
Writing In Performance
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Theatre Workshop 2
Production Project 1

Compulsory modules (combined honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Production Project 1

Year 2

Compulsory Modules (single honours)
Critical Frameworks
Engaging Performance

Compulsory Modules (single and combined honours)
Production Project 2

Optional Modules
Students then take one module (20 credits) from each of the following groups:

Advanced Theatre Workshop
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Acting
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Directing
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Design

Theatre Investigations
Theatre Investigations: Genres and Cultures
Theatre Investigations: Diverse Identities
Theatre Investigations: Histories and Geographies

Year 3

Compulsory module (single and combined honours)
Work Placement

Optional modules
Single honours students take at least 40 credits from each group. Combined honours students take at least 20 credits from each group.

Contemporary Issues in Performance
Acting for Activists
Archival Encounters
Experiments in Performance and Failure
Theatre and the World
Performance, Gender and Sexuality
The Theatre Image
Performance, Leisure and Tourism
Drama of the '60s Counter-culture
Race Writes Representation
Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
Theatre Criticism
Special Topic
Special Topic: Performance Countercultures

Independent Learning 
Dissertation
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)
Playwriting

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

At Roehampton’s School of Arts, you will have fantastic facilities on campus while being a short bus ride away from one of the performance capitals of the world: London.

Our modern, well-equipped theatre is used for both student and professional performances, portfolio presentations, technique classes and vocational training, and is supplemented dedicated studios and workshops for production, playwriting and further studio-based learning.

You'll have access to the perfect mix of traditional and new ways of learning, and will be able to take advantage of cutting edge technology for sound and video recording.

Each year, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to our Roehampton Performance Festival (RoPE), which showcase work created by students from across our drama courses. Featuring devised performances, plays, site-specific events, live art, stand-up and shows by student societies, the festival explores contemporary experiences, ideas and issues. You can view the virtual performances from RoPE Festival 2020 here.

Since 2011, our students have had the opportunity to collaborate with The People Show on a summer-term project in year three. It’s an exciting and enriching process, giving them the experience of working closely with a well-respected theatre company. The People’s Show is the UK’s longest-running experimental theatre company, with a rich legacy of performance dating back to 1966. They have played a fundamental role in the evolution of British performance art and collaborative theatre, creating performances in theatres, fields, telephone boxes, streets, and even on water.

Our recent collaborations with The People’s Show include Last Day, where a HR manager tackles the psychological consequences of serving the interests of the company he works for, or its minimum-wage employees, played by 30 Roehampton Drama students. Most recently, WakeEatWatchSleepRepeat explores an hour in lockdown, experienced by students of drama at Roehampton. As truly global effort, this was filmed from around the world, and video conferencing was used for group rehearsal and performance

You will be well equipped to pursue a career in theatre, arts management, playwriting, arts journalism, casting, stage management, scenic, lighting or sound design, events management, and leisure and tourism.

Our BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance is designed to be broad and all-encompassing, meaning that you will be given the tools to flourish both on and off the stage once you graduate.

Our degree also opens up an array of opportunities in other fields and professions by developing key transferable skills throughout your three years at Roehampton, which include but are not limited to collaborative working, creative project management, critical and creative problem solving, and excellent interpersonal communication skills.

You could also go on to a master’s degree in theatre or postgraduate training in teaching or dramatherapy.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also be able to attend our Roehampton jobs fair and School of Arts Careers Festival, where you can find out about graduate opportunities while networking with employers.

You’ll also have opportunities to work with our trailblazing theatrical partners and guest speakers on campus, across London, and beyond – meaning that you’ll build your practical experience in the field from the start.

 

Glenn Odom
Reader, Drama Theatre and Performance

Glen Odom

Hi I’m Glenn and I come from the US, but have lived on three continents now. My research explores the limits and potentials of global flows of theatre and literature. This at once involves research into the theatrical and philosophical traditions of Europe, East Asia, and Anglophone Africa and considerations of how these traditions interact with each other. This means there is always a new language to learn, a new type of theatre to explore, or a new piece of history to dive into. I enjoy helping students find the parts of theatre and performance that interest them.

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