Featured Module – Level One – Theatres at Work
The module Theatres at Work requires students to study contemporary theatre practice and policy in context. For the duration of the module, the student will establish a link with an accessible professional theatre company, visit it regularly, study and analyse its productions, and build up a research portfolio on its work. The majority of these attachments are organised and overseen by a specialist Theatre Attachment Co-ordinator. Where a formal attachment is not available students can choose a self-study guided by their tutor.
Throughout the module, students will examine developments in production, artistic policy, funding, marketing and perceptions of performance. In addition, the module will draw upon examples of policy and practice from a range of organisations. Particular attention will be given to the well-documented Royal Court Theatre, and comparative analysis of this venue and the student’s chosen theatre will provide a basis for ongoing research activity. Some examples of venues/companies for recent attachments are:
Beijing Playhouse, China
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Fifth Word Theatre Company
Fomenko Theatre, Moscow
Geese Theatre Company, Birmingham
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Idol Rich Theatre Company
Live Theatre, Newcastle
National Theatre of Iceland
National Theatre, Studio
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Northumberland Theatre Company
Old Vic, London
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Royal Exchange, Manchester
The Crucible, Sheffield
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Swan Theatre, Yeovil
The Grand Theatre, Leeds
The Regent Theatre, Hanley
Theatre at the Mill, Belfast
Theatre Down South, Philippines
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Ustinov Studio Theatre, Royal Bath
Warwick Arts Centre
Watford Palace Theatre
Students Experiences of this Module
I was attached to the Bressuire Theatre in France. They were really helpful, I was able to talk to whoever I needed to and they would answer any questions I had. I also became a volunteer usher which continued on for another few years giving me a great insight into the company. By the end of my time there I felt I had learned a great deal about the inner workings of the theatre, been able to see many performances for free and been part of my community. Victoria Simmonds
The theatre staff were very helpful, and at the end of our placement we were invited to see a show. We had time with all of the staff to interview them, including artistic director Andy Arnold. We were also given free rein in their archives for our research. Since we had gone to so many productions, we were also invited to the announcement of the winner of a scriptwriting competition and given reduced price tickets for the show after that. An excellent theatre and keen to help. Alyson Steel
Attached to Beijing Playhouse I was surprised to see that English-speaking theatre - Broadway style - is so at home in China's capital as the Peking Opera. Despite the financial struggles, the company doesn't quit aiming for the stars. It was personally interesting to study a playhouse which is one step from becoming the first locally established English-speaking theatre company in Beijing. Luciana B. Veit
Minimum 3 Years
Maximum 12 years
(Depending on Hons, Pass, Diploma, Cert).
January 2014 & September 2014.
Our Distance Learning programmes attract a wide range of students of all ages and levels of experience. For this reason, we consider applications from students without standard entry qualifications. All cases are judges on their own merits and recognition is given to relevant key skills and vocational qualifications as well as aptitude and enthusiasm for learning.
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to complete a short written task and participate in an interview which will be conducted by telephone. If you are subsequently offered a place for the next academic year the Programme Director will contact you for an informal discussion about your aspirations and expectations and your choice of modules for the first year.
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Graduates have gone on to work within a range of theatre-related roles and education, or you may wish to continue to further study at Masters or PhD level, including the College’s own Research Degree programmes.