DREAM Partnership Announced for Rose Bruford College

We are pleased to announce that Rose Bruford College has received support from Artswork, the South East bridge organisation, through its Partnership Investment programme. The investment of £25,000 will enable the college to deliver performing arts workshops to young people and practitioners in Ashford, Kent.

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2014 Rose Bruford Jubilee Fund Awardees Announced

Rose Bruford College is pleased to announce the successful applicants to the Rose Bruford Jubilee Fund 2014.

The Jubilee Fund was created following a donation from the Rose Bruford Memorial Trust set up after the death of our founder, Rose Bruford. The fund provides support for recent graduates who need investment in their own projects and productions.

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Opera in the Media Age: A new book by Dr Paul Fryer

Dr Paul Fryer, our Associate Director of Research, has published his latest book. 'Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture' is a collection of essays exploring the relationship between opera and the development of media technology from the late 19th to the early 21st century.

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Obituary: Patsy Byrne 1933 - 2014

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Patsy Byrne, Rose Bruford Alumni, who has died aged 80. Patsy was a Rose Bruford College student from 1951 to 1954 and subsequently a governor. Our records show that she was taught by Rose Bruford herself.

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Enrol Now On Our Summer Schools

Our Summer Schools are the ideal opportunity to start your career in the Theatre and Performance industry or update the skills you have already gained.

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Bruford on the South Bank at Bargehouse 5 - 8 June 2014

The prestigious Bargehouse on the South Bank is the venue for this years’ Rose Bruford College Graduate Exhibition and New Writing Season. Work by over 100 new graduates from the Sidcup based Theatre and Performance College will be shown across all four floors of the iconic Victorian warehouse in a free exhibition from the 5-8 June.

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Olivier Awards Nominations 2014

Rose Bruford College would like to wish the very best of luck to our Graduates Rosalie Craig and Ron Cook who have both been nominated for Olivier Awards, alongside our college President Sir Richard Eyre.

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Successful film festival workshops at the College

On Saturday the College played host to a series of workshops for the Rob Knox film festival, supporting the work of aspiring film-makers in Bexley.  Participants were able to get involved with lighting for camera; in script development and promotion; acting, direction and mime workshops.  Perhaps the highlight of the day was a workshop with actors Peter Dean and Kerry-Ann White, both very experienced actors, with credits including  ‘Eastenders’ and Theatre Royal Stratford on their CV’s.

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Rose Bruford College road trip to the USA

Rose Bruford College has been in the US for the last two weeks promoting MA courses with workshops and auditions at URTA. It’s been a very successful trip, with over 120 students participating in New York and Chicago workshops and auditions in San Fransisco to come this weekend.

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Creative Lighting Control at Rose Bruford College partners up with the Royal Horticultural Society

A selection of our Creative Lighting Control and Performance Sound students have been working hard over the weekend to create this carefully mapped projection, as part of the exhibition taking place on Tues 1 April, 6-9pm at the RHS Head Office's Horticultural Hall, Vincent's Square, Pimlico.
If you'd like to check out their work, along with lots of other plant and culinary treats, please book tickets online:

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European Theatre Arts Presents…

European Theatre Arts in collaboration with DMTA presents Diffusions, in the Barn and Rose theatre. 

April 16/17 2014
April 25/26 2014
May 1/2 2014   

6 days, 2 venues, 47 shows……

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Rose Bruford College announces an exciting artistic & educational partnership with Stratford Circus

Rose Bruford, International Drama School, announces a new exciting artistic and educational partnership with Stratford Circus Theatre! • The Rose Bruford College ‘Spring Season’ will be shown at Stratford Circus, a 4-week programme of shows by final year students ; • Season highlights will include Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’;  • The two institutions will be developing initiatives to further Stratford Circus’s vision to be an ‘arts and education centre of excellence’.

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Shows start to pile up for star director Ricard Eyre.

We'd like to share a recent article in the Evening Standard, regarding Rose Bruford's President, Sir Richard Eyre, and his busy life directing shows. He said the pile-up of productions was one of the risks of being a freelance director, where dates are not always in your own hands. “I’m driven to make a living,” he added. “And I love it. What would I do if I didn’t direct?

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Obituary: Claire Grove

Claire, who was born in Somerset, trained at Rose Bruford College, and began directing in the theatre in 1981. She worked with Avon Touring Company, was associate director at Derby Playhouse and artistic director of the Women's Theatre Group. She joined BBC Radio Drama in 1990, initially to run the second Young Playwrights' Festival.

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Theatre Design students Street Performance

Second year Theatre Design Students from Rose Bruford College have been selected by Scenofest,  the international student  festival for Scenography, as part of the Prague Quadrennial, to devise and perform a street theatre piece in Prague, June 2011.

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ETA graduates Icelandic shows

Two shows  devised by ETA graduates Smari Gunnarsson and Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (both of which were devised as part of the ETA programme and were presented as part of the Kabaret Kantor in Edinburgh Fringe) were recently shown at the artFart festival at Útgerðin, Iceland.

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Lighting Design student wins award

Sean Gleason, a student on the BA Lighting Design programme at Rose Bruford, has won the ETC-sponsored ‘runners up’ award at the annual Michael Northen Bursary Awards.

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‘Pants on Fire’ win top award at Edinburgh Fringe

Peter Bramley’s production company ‘Pants on Fire’ has won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award for its production of Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the Pleasance Dome in Edinburgh. The prize is a fully funded run in a New York off Broadway theatre in January next year.

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About Sir Richard Eyre

The prominent theatre, film, opera and television director Sir Richard Eyre becomes the first President of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in July 2010.

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Validation for the College’s two new MAs

The University of Manchester has validated two new MAs for Rose Bruford College: MA Theatre for Young Audiences and MA Ensemble Theatre.  Both of these taught Masters degrees are unique to higher education in the UK and will focus students on careers in very specific ways. Along with MPhil and PhD study, done in conjunction with Goldsmith, University of London, Rose Bruford College aims to attract a higher proportion of UK, EU and international students, seeking postgraduate training in London. 

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Launch of new Stanislavski electronic journal

The Stanislavski Centre in partnership with the St Petersburg Academy of Theatre Arts, has launched a new electronic journal.

The Stanislavski Journal will be published twice-yearly, in Spring and Autumn and will offer a platform for the best in international scholarship.
The journal will be published bi-lingually, in Russian and English and the first edition – Stanislavski and the contemporary theatre – will be co-edited by Professor Alexander Chepurov and Dr Paul Fryer.

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College Student wins at Inter Spinal Games

Second year student, Andrew Risk recently took part in the 23rd Inter Spinal games at Stoke Mandeville during 19th - 24th April.  The event which was funded by the Wheelpower Charity and held at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium was attended by 13 teams from across the UK and featured a wide variety of sports including: Wheelchair Rugby, Shooting, Table Tennis, Fencing, Archery, Athletics, Hand cycling, Hockey, Sledge and Badminton.  Andrew's team were the recipients of the Team Shield at the Games.

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Student wins Lilian Baylis Award

Nicolette Minster a second year Actor Musicianship student at the College is one of ten students from London Drama schools to receive the 2010 Lilian Baylis Award.

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Head of School awarded Cultural Fellowship

Dr Paul Fryer awarded Likhachev Foundation cultural fellowship:

Dr Paul Fryer, Head of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, has been awarded a Cultural Fellowship by the Likhachev Foundation.

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College student lights up Big Ben

For the first time ever, for one night only, St. Stephen's, the world famous tower housing the Big Ben bell was bathed in red light from base to spire to mark the start of Sport Relief on Friday 19th March.

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The Rokeya Project

Rose Bruford College is breaking new ground again.  It is supporting a visit to three universities and a school  in Kolkata by a graduate company, taking workshops based on a production they wrote and developed.

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Staff, students and graduates work on show at the Arcola Theatre

In connection with Knowledge Transfer activities at Rose Bruford College this production of Heldenplatz by Thomas Bernhard has been designed by Iona McLeish, Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Theatre Design Programme in the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts.

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Kinetica Art Fair 2010

Sean Gleason, BA (Hons) Lighting Design, and Leah Glanville, BA (Hons) Digital Live Arts: Lighting Programming, have worked with Oliver Gingrich and Musion Academy on designing and installing a lighting rig for a Musion system at the KineticaArt Fair 2010.

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The Nightingale Lights up London

Rose Bruford College, starting a new partnership with London’s Unicorn Theatre, proudly presented its third year Acting students in a production of The Love of a Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker, at the Unicorn Theatre, last week, as part of its Winter/Spring season. Directed by Peter Bramley, this erotic and provocative tale of an Army General and his obsession with his wife’s sister was dramatically brought to life by Rose Bruford’s third year Acting students supported by third year design and technical students.

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New Vice Principal Enterprise Management joins the College

Rose Bruford College, London has appointed its first Vice Principal Enterprise Management. John Hough, a former marketing professor and business school dean at Richmond The American International University in London; founding Development Director at Eltham College London, and most recently Head of Administration at the Aga Khan University London, joins the College to spearhead new initiatives and to develop alternative revenue streams. His experience in international private education and institutional advancement will help secure the College’s plans for long-term stability and growth.

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The London Jungle Book Transformed goes to Spain

A group of Rose Bruford students and staff were invited in November 2009 to exhibit and perform their experimental mechanical theatre production, The London Jungle Book Transformed at the Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, as part of the Teatro Mecanico exhibition, which included Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and Sharmanka. The machines and performances were based on The London Jungle Book by Bhajju Shyam, an Indian Gond tribal artist.

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Major new reference work published

Edwin Mellen Press has published a major new reference work edited by Dr Paul Fryer, Head of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Rose Bruford: A Chronology of Opera Performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, 1860 – 1917. 

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Distinguished Director visits College

Director and Theatre Practitioner Włodzimierz Staniewski recently visited Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, where he gave a lecture in the Rose Theatre to the staff and students of the College.

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Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future will produce a high quality education resource which highlights key areas of PLATFORM’s artistic and campaigning work, including the legacy of writer and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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Under Glass wins Total Theatre Award

Total Theatre is a national development agency for contemporary theatre based in the UK. The Total Theatre Awards are supported by a prestigious collection of cultural organisations and universities, with the award judging panel consisting of respected professionals representing different parts of the creative industry including artists, venues, producers, festival directors and critics.

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Strictly Edwina Bridgeman

If you want a joyful uplifting experience this winter, then skip round to the Chapel Row Gallery, just off Bath’s Queen Square, where an exhibition of new work by Bath’s best loved artist Edwina Bridgeman opens on 5 December. All the works will be for sale and they are guaranteed to make you smile.

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A Christmas Carol

On Saturday 12th December 2009 7:30 pm at Long Eaton's Trent College, the Friends of Derby Salvation Army will present a production of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol".

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Simone James lands regular role in EastEnders

Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) visits Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) in the psychiatric hospital to try and convince her to return home, but Stacey's distracted by her new friend Becca Swanson (Simone James).  'EastEnders' episode 7/12/2009

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London Light Supplies ETC Ion to Rose Bruford College

London Light Production Services' relationship with Rose Bruford College is continuing after supplying them with a new ETC Ion console for their lighting labs and is set to follow up this sale by providing the lighting tutors with initial training, which in turn will allow the college to offer students day-to day support. London Light has committed to offering the students more in-depth support as and when they require it.

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Theatres Trust appoints ECOVENUE Team

The Theatres Trust today announced the appointment of Tim Atkinson, a graduate of Rose Bruford College, as Theatre Building Services Adviser and Clive Dixon as Finance & Monitoring Officer for ECOVENUE, its new three year programme to provide specialist theatre environmental advice and provide free Display Energy Certificate assessments for 48 small scale theatres in London.

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Philistines - Mayor’s Charity Performance

Rose Bruford College students invited the Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley Cllr. Bernard Clewes MBE and Mrs Edna Clewes to the first night of their performance of The Philistines by Maxim Gorky in a version by Andrew Upton on Thursday 5th November.

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Students light up York Museum

Students from all over the UK lit up some of the National Railway Museum’s (NRM) most iconic locomotives in a bid to win an exciting new lighting competition hosted by the Museum on Friday night. 

The competition was launched by the NRM to encourage students to consider the importance of lighting design in museums in the lead up to its re-development plans for the Great Hall. 

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