- We offer a unique combination of technical theatre, arts management, performance, production, and the study of a diverse array of theatre texts, theories and histories.
- The course includes regular field trips to institutions such as Battersea Arts Centre and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.
- We provide professional experience in a theatre or performance organization through our Work Placement and Theatre Festival modules.
- Regular guest speakers from performance industries. Recent speakers have included: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (The National Theatre’s Black Plays), Georgia Dale (The Young Vic), Sam Stevenson (casting director for the BBC, ITV, Sky, RSC and the National Theatre).
This degree encourages curiosity and creativity, helping you express ideas in writing, speech and performance. As well as learning about theatre history and performance, you will perform, create and implement designs for sets, lighting and costumes, critically analyse plays, performances and audiences, and have direct contact with drama and theatre professionals.
The course includes regular field trips to institutions such as Battersea Arts Centre, the National Theatre, and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.
If you have come from a vocational or industry related education background (e.g. BTEC Performing Arts), this programme is designed with you in mind. This course will build on the capabilities, expectations and ambitions that these more vocational qualifications provide.
Theatre Practices and Production focuses on enabling you to develop critical, practical, creative and well-informed responses to a range of professional contexts; while supporting the development of confidence in writing in a variety of styles (including playwriting, blogging, theatre criticism, creation of theatre programs and analytical essays).
You will focus on both performing and performance-making, but will also explore the professional contexts that make up the diversity of contemporary drama and performance-related careers. You will learn the conceptual, problem-solving and collaborative skills associated with cultural enterprise and arts management; the very particular challenges of self-organisation and engagement with others that belong to applied theatre work; as well as training in critical thinking, independent project work, group theatrical production for public performance, and work experience opportunities.
The first year modules are about building a solid foundation in writing and technical theatre skills while learning to analyze a culturally and historically diverse array of performances and texts. Students will take a technical theatre module, a module focused on introducing playwriting skills, a year-long theatre workshop examining all aspects of performance and a theatre festival module in which they will visit and analyze many festivals of performance in London and across the U.K.
The second year builds on the skills learned in technical theatre and in the theatre workshop with additional modules devoted to these topics and arts management. It also adds a choice between modules focused on the diversity of cultures, genres, identities, histories and geographies with which theatre interacts.
In the third year the focus turns towards more independent work, including an Independent Project module, where you will develop a project appropriate to your future career ambitions in the mode of playwriting, production, or dissertation. Working with our team of expert staff, you will also continue to explore our range of innovative and engaging modules directly tied to individual staff research. There is also a module in which students will organize a theatre festival in public celebration of their various projects and productions.
Year 1 (note that all Year 1 courses are compulsory):
- Technical Theatre 1
- Theatre Workshop 1
- Writing In Performance
- Theatre Workshop 2
- Production Project 1
- Theatre Festivals
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: Genres and Cultures
- Theatre Investigations: Diverse Identities
- Theatre Investigations: Histories and Geographies
Students then take 80 credits from the following groups, at least 20 from each.
Contemporary Issues in Performance
- Acting for Activists
- Archival Encounters
- Experiments in Performance and Failure
- Non-Fiction Solo Performance: from Documentary to Biographical Theatre
- Theatre and the World
- Performance, Gender and Sexuality
- The Theatre Image
- Performance, Leisure and Tourism
- Drama of the 60s Counterculture
- Race Writes Representation
- Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
- Theatre Criticism
- Special Topic
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
The Roehampton Performance Festival (ROPE), shows work created by students from across the drama programmes. 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 photos of the 2018 ROPE Festival here.
The People 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. Over the past 50 years they have created devised performances in theatres, in fields, in telephone boxes, on streets, even on water.
Over the last seven years our students have had the opportunity to collaborate with the People Show on a summer-term project in their third year. It always proves to be an exciting and enriching process, giving them the experience of to working closely with a well-respected theatre company.
People Show 136 at the Cinema Museum, 2018
Final-year students perform with People Show at the magnificent Cinema Museum in London.
The Horniman Museum, 2017
Performance at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in a production with People Show, as part of the Museums at Night festival.
People Show 131: Putney Library, 2016
A devised site-specific show created with People Show in and around Putney Library as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival 2016.
Students who graduate from the degree will be well-equipped to go into the cultural industries, whether that be as technical and support staff, production managers, designers and makers, lighting and sound engineers or as actors, performers, directors, writers, theatre and performance-makers and live artists. Our drama graduates pursue further study and also progress from Theatre Practices and Production into careers in teaching, therapies, and youth work.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.