Presented by BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship in collaboration with BA (Hons) Audio Production,  BA (Hons) Costume Production, BA (Hons) Creative Lighting Control, BA (Hons) Stage & Events Management and MA Light in Performance.

New Writing Season 2023

This New Writing Season is a first for Rose Bruford. It comprises a selection of eight plays and a song cycle, developed over six months, written, directed, and performed by third year students from the Acting and Actor Musicianship programmes. Beginning with Writer’s Lab workshops last November under the guidance of BAFTA award winning writer Janys Chambers, the entire year were introduced to the creative energies and disciplines of playwriting, leading to a final list of eight short plays for this season.

This collection of plays will plunge audiences into Scottish resistance to Land Enclosures in 19th Century Scotland.

(Cianalas); a tense Western set on the A382 in Dartmoor (Bovey to Moreton), pain and courage in Leeds’ Red Light District (Dread Light); 12 year-old eco warriors take on ruthless developers in Snail; a teenage girl tries to survive her parents’ failures and the consequences of her own recklessness in Solo; there are three painfully hilarious comedies: one a wedding reception (Cockail Sausage), another set in a restaurant kitchen (Crab à la Prawn); and in A Girl’s Guide to a Wake a solemn funeral reception is double booked with a class in emergency first aid in a Village Hall.

Planet Soup is a new Actor-Musician Song Cycle exploring the climate emergency protests and the people involved – as activists and bystanders, reporters and politicians, believers and deniers – and asks what can we do and what is the price we pay? Actor Musicianship students investigated Just Stop Oil, Extinction Rebellion protests and created a range of imaginary characters to embody the whole range of viewpoints, to compose a cycle of original songs, exploring and crafting original melodies, lyrics and orchestrations and devise a rich and layered piece of theatre.

The project is led by student director Lyle Sauer and professional dramaturg Kate Golledge.

The Song Cycle is a collaboration with Composer Darren Clark, (The Wicker Husband (Watermill), Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Southwark Playhouse).


Planet Soup by final year Actor Musicians


Tues 6 June – 11am

Wed 7 June – 3pm

Thurs 8 June – 7pm

Venue: Barn Theatre, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DF



Snail Written by Julian B Jones 

Solo by Niamh Deasy 

Bovey to Moreton Written by Florian Saturley 


Tues 6 June – 3pm

Wed 7 June – 7pm

Fri 9 June – 11am

Venue: Barn Theatre, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DF


Cocktail Sausage Written by Rebecca Bell 

Cianalas by Niamh O’Donnell


Tues 6 June – 7pm

Thurs 8 June – 11am

Fri 9 June – 3pm

Venue: Barn Theatre, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DF



Dread Light Written by Izzy Austin 

Girl’s Guide To A Wake Written by Eloise Richardson  

Crab A La Prawn by Magdalena Puchalska 


Wed 7 June – 11am

Thurs 8 June – 3pm

Fri 9 June – 7pm

Venue: Barn Theatre, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DF


Show Programme

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