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Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick


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Open your world

Drama, theatre and performance have been defined and practised in many ways. They are about people gathering to share stories; to be amazed, make a stand, remember, laugh, feel, and understand more deeply.

At Warwick, you'll explore how this is so at different historical moments, in various places, through diverse conventions. You'll engage critically with a huge range of social, political and aesthetic issues through the lens of Theatre and Performance Studies. You can also choose intensive practical modules, discovering diverse performance-making possibilities, and key concepts in theatre and performance, and enjoying hands-on training in our technical facilities.

You'll be taught by staff who are international experts in creative practice, community theatres, multimedia performance, theatre history and performance analysis. We involve professional organisations, artists and practitioners who lead workshops, help devise performances and host our students in internships.

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Skills and societies

From seminars to studio spaces, there’s always room for creative expression both on and off campus. Our student drama societies are a great testbed for ideas.

You’ll have the use of dedicated facilities such as two black-box studios, two adaptable rehearsal spaces with sprung floors and an edit suite, including digital video-making facilities. These are ideal for helping you to create and explore a variety of experimental methods.

You’ll benefit from our network of excellent contacts with local and regional companies in the burgeoning Midlands cultural and creative arts scene, including Theatre Absolute (which runs Coventry’s innovative Shop Front Festival), Stan’s Cafe (touring devised work internationally), Motionhouse (the celebrated multimedia dance company) and the Festival of European Youth Theatre (Birmingham REP).

You'll be a few steps away from Warwick Arts Centre on campus, one of the largest multi-artform venues of its kind in the UK. It delivers an exciting programme of theatre, live music, cinema, dance, drama and comedy, and you’ll have the chance to perform here with drama societies. Nearby there's also Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry which attracts some of the UK’s best touring productions, including Blood Brothers, The History Boys, Dirty Dancing and The Play That Goes Wrong.

Explore drama societies with student blogger Olivia Kershaw

Student society logos taken from the blog post by student blogger Olivia Kershaw (June 2018)

Become confident and employable

Graduates from Warwick are amongst the most employable in the UK (The Graduate Market in 2018, High Fliers Research Ltd).

You'll benefit from bespoke careers help from our School, including an annual alumni event, as well as the University's central careers services. We facilitate collaborations with local, national and international companies, providing work experience, placement opportunities and internships. World-class dance-circus company Motionhouse, international multi-arts company Dash Arts, the BE (Birmingham European) Festival, solo performer Tim Crouch and Warwick Arts Centre have staged productions, offered internships and run workshops for our students.

You'll develop a range of transferable skills that are highly valued in the creative industries and public and private sectors: advanced literary and communication skills; the ability to present persuasive, coherent written and oral arguments; an aptitude for conceptual thinking; the capacity to process complex information in a structured and systematic way; sophisticated problem-solving and project management skills; excellent team working and interpersonal skills and confidence in public settings.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers including:
  • BBC Radio 3; 6Music; C&T; Cheek by Jowl; Recorded Delivery; Royal Shakespeare Company; Science Museum; Shell; London's Southbank Centre; Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Bristol's Watershed Pervasive Media Studio
They're employed in the following roles:
  • Acting, Digital Content Producer, Director, Production Manager; Community Development Worker, Drama Teacher, Recruitment Consultant
Alumni have won accolades including National Film Award for Best Screenplay, National Student Drama Festival award for Best Emerging Company, Observer Top 50 Cultural Leaders in the UK, Screen International Stars of Tomorrow, Woman in the Arts Next Generation Leader
Watch some videos of our alumni

image credit: student society logos are from Olivia's blog post