The Theatre and Professional Practice BA is a highly practical course, exploring the creative potential of collaborative processes alongside the development of the individual actor and theatre practitioner.
With multiple opportunities to invent and create your own style of live theatre, this course is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and experience to enter the theatre and creative industries beyond university.
You can gain hands-on experience of a variety of different and exciting approaches to making and performing live theatre – from scripted, collaboratively devised work and improvisational approaches to performance, to mask work and puppetry, acrobatics and stilt work, physical theatre and digital performance. You’ll also be encouraged to create a professional scale work as a final project.
You’ll be taught by our experienced faculty, some of whom are theatre directors and applied theatre practitioners, as well as invited professional guest practitioners who have previously included Frantic Assembly, the RSC, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Mandala Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Big Brum The Desperate Men, Acrojou, and The Fabularium.
During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the tools to create and critique performance. Through practical exercises and classes, we’ll cover various processes and techniques used by performers and companies in the telling of stories on the stage. We’ll explore the devising process, the performer-audience relationship, the mixture and balance of roles needed to fill the ‘empty space’.
Through the study of key texts, you will have the opportunity to explore the history of Western theatre making from Ancient Greece to the present day. You will also look at a range of theatre skills and techniques needed to work as a facilitator within a variety of applied theatre settings. We will also introduce you to technical skills used in theatre including lighting, sound and projection for performance.
In the second year, we examine theatre in its local, national and transnational contexts through the performance of fully staged productions for public audiences, analysis of dramatic texts, theatre criticism and other performance events in digital settings and outdoor spaces.
We will investigate how theatre practices from across the globe, (such as Japanese, Asian and African) have influenced Western theatre making.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or engage in an area of study of your own choosing.
Optional Placement Year
After your second year, students have an opportunity to apply for a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.
In your final year, you will be expected to work on an intensive ‘Live Brief’ with a professional director or theatre company. You will also have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of your own creative work in collaboration with others. Past students have utilised this work for platform events at The Belgrade Theatre, at the National Student Drama Festival and for national touring to outdoor festivals. Final project work has also resulted in the formation of new theatre companies such as Noctium Theatre, Simpatico Theatre and Strongbox Theatre Co, all of which have continued making work together beyond the University degree period.
Career preparation and planning is a key part of the final year, you will explore future paths in the wider world of the creative industries including further study possibilities, the practicalities of setting up as an independent artist or forming a new company, backstage, front of house or applied roles with existing venues, or using your talents in other lines of work.
You must select an option for this course before you can view its entry requirements.