Whether you crave the thrill of performing for an audience or love the escapism of watching a play, show or film, Warwick is the perfect place to enjoy the arts. We’re lucky to have Warwick Arts Centre, one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, on our campus. It houses two theatres, a concert hall seating up to 1,850 people, a cinema and an art gallery. The venue regularly attracts some of the best national and international theatre, comedy, dance and music acts. Recent visiting shows and personalities have included the UK tour of Lord of the Flies, choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures 2 and comedian Eddie Izzard.
In the spotlight
Warwick Arts Centre also offers you unique opportunities to perform in a professional venue. Warwick University Drama Society, Music Theatre Warwick and Opera Warwick are just some of the student-run societies that perform there every year, with recent student productions including Avenue Q, Die Fledermaus and Richard III. There are
also chances to help backstage, direct or even write your own piece of theatre.
Held annually in the summer term, the Warwick Fringe Festival (jointly supported by Warwick Arts Centre and the SU) celebrates all forms of performance and arts. It’s an opportunity for students and staff to preview work they are taking to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and for our student societies to showcase their work on pop-up stages around campus. All the performances and exhibitions are free and open to all. Members of the Bollywood Dance Society have performed at the O2, London, in the Battle of Bollywood dance competition.
Hitting the right note
If you’re interested in taking up or continuing a musical instrument, the Music Centre provides subsidised music tuition for Warwick students from professional instrumental and vocal teachers. There are also a number of undergraduate instrumental and choral scholarships available.
You could choose to join one of our student music ensembles, which include both Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, a 250-voice Chorus, Rock Gospel Choir, Warwick Glee, Chinese Orchestra, Brass Band and Big Band. Or the Band Soc can support you to set up your own band. It embraces all musical genres and hosts an annual Battle of the Bands, the winners of which take centre-stage at the SU Summer Party.
If you’d asked me what I expected to do in university, I would never have thought I’d be involved in so many things! I’d definitely recommend you break out of your comfort zone and try new things. So far, I’ve performed in a Shakespeare play and a musical, I am musical director for three shows, co-director for a cultural play for the Malaysian Society, and pianist and violinist for different musical shows.”
Yzzy Loh, First year, English and Theatre Studies
“The best three pieces of theatre I’ve seen so far… are political pieces and each plays with theatrical form in a different way… When it turns out that all three companies emerged from one institution – the University of Warwick – well, then you start to wonder what they’re putting in the water there.”
The Guardian review of
2015 Edinburgh Fringe