ET IN ARCADIA EGO…we thought we heard fireworks, is a BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts performance devised by 38 Buried Roses under the direction of Teresa Welminska and Andrzej Welminski, members of the internationally recognised Cricot2 Theatre.
A charity performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by final year BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship students from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has raised £300 for Bexley SNAP, a charity which supports disabled young people and their families.
Rose Bruford College welcomed the return of pioneering Polish theatre director and actor-trainer Włodzimierz Staniewski and members of his company Gardzienice for a week of workshops at the end of October.
An above-average proportion of final-year students at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance expressed overall satisfaction with their courses in 2015. Nationwide, 86% of eligible students agreed with the statement that 'Overall I am satisfied with the quality of the course'. At Rose Bruford College, the equivalent figure was 89%, meaning that the College is once again rated as one of the top drama schools in the country for student satisfaction.
Zaqi Ismail has recently completed his final year on our BA (Hons) Acting degree. Zaqi has signed with agency Shepherd Management, and will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer and on our screens in the Autumn in Dr. Who. We spoke to Zaqi about his time at the College.
The Malcolm Morrison Award for Classical Verse Speaking 2015 took place on 24 June in the College’s Rose Theatre. This award has been created in memory of Professor Malcolm Morrison, an alumnus and former member of staff who sadly passed away in 2013. Donations from Malcolm’s family and friends have made this award possible.
A host of industry experts, including Tower of London Poppies theatre designer Tom Piper and Episodes actress Tamsin Greig, attended the 2015 Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance ‘Graduate Exhibition’ and ‘New Writing Season’ at the prestigious Bargehouse on London’s South Bank from the 10-14 June.
Julie O’Rourke is a final year student about to graduate from the College’s BA (Hons) Scenic Arts (Construction, Props and Painting). Julie joined us as a mature student and while at the College has been heavily involved in our work with local schools and other community and outreach work; an experience that she hopes will help in her long-term career plans. We spoke to her to find out a little more about her time here…
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is delighted to announce the creation of The Interact Scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to two degree students from acting and performance degrees starting in September 2015 and will last for all three years of each student’s study..
Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best loved illustrators and storytellers, will be returning to his home town of Sidcup as part of a creative project hosted by Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey and supported by Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
Rose Bruford College once again hosted the national lighting competition 'Ready, Steady, Light' in partnership with The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL). This year, 14 teams competed against each other by designing and setting up temporary exterior installations with a range of equipment, in only 180 minutes.
First year students from the European Theatre Arts and Lighting Design programmes at Rose Bruford College presented a selection of scene works from Jean Genet’ s The Maids in collaboration with Theatre Delicatessen recently.
Gareth Clough (BA Lighting Design) has spent the Summer on placement with Woodroffe Basset Design (WBD) at London’s O2 Arena, shadowing lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe throughout the process of lighting Monty Python Live (mostly)!
Gareth Clough and David Manson, both students on the BA (Hons) Lighting Design, spent 2 months working for the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria this Summer. The exchange was made possible through Erasmus funding and contacts developed by the Lighting Design programme’s European network.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, south China, signed a memorandum of understanding on 15 September, agreeing to pursue joint projects that will focus on Xianghai's Department of Arts Management.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a third scholarship by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support a student on our BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship programme.
Rose Bruford College BA (Hons) Opera Studies graduate, Michael Reynolds, thesis, "The Theatrical Vision of Count Harry Kessler and its Impact on the Strauss-Hofmannsthal Partnership", rewrites operatic history significantly by unearthing and assessing the exact relationship between Kessler and Hofmannsthal.
Rose Bruford College President, Sir Richard Eyre, has joined a host of figures from stage and screen to write an open letter to the most powerful broadcasting institutions in Britain, calling for ring-fenced funding for Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) programming.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has scored 90% in overall Student Satisfaction, the highest score among all UK drama schools taking part in the annual National Student Survey. The College scored high in all categories including an exceptional 91% in teaching.
Manfred Wekwerth, Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College, died on the 16th July 2014. The College offers its deepest sympathies to his friends and family, especially his wife and companion in life and work, Renate Richter.
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.
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.
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.
Following the start of a unique artistic and educational collaboration between Rose Bruford College and Stratford Circus this year; we have also partnered with Theatre Royal Stratford East to present another exciting Summer School.
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.
Rose Bruford College student Caitlin O’Reilly received national industry recognition when she was Highly Commended for her work in the Student Achievement category at the National Awards for Stage Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Students on the BA (Hons) Lighting Design programme at Rose Bruford College have been working with lighting designers Woodroffe Bassett on the new Secret Cinema production of The Grand Budapest Hotel - a live, audience participatory experience based on Wes Anderson’s new film.
Canadian born Dr. Trevor Siemens has been tutoring on the course for three years, presently on The Singer, Opera at Work and The Birth of the Modern modules. Trevor trained as a tenor in Montreal. He is an accomplished composer, director and much sought after vocal coach.
Rose Bruford College has been in the US for the last two weeks promoting its unique MA courses with workshops and auditions at URTA. It’s been a very successful trip with over 120 students participating in the New York and Chicago workshops and auditions in San Francisco.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance offer a one year #Acting Course. This intensive #Part-Time Course (one evening a week, 7.00pm-9.30pm) offers a practical introduction to the skills and techniques of the Acting Profession.
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’.
Theatre Design Graduate, Emma Childs secures work as will be Associate Set Designer (and working with #EsDevlin no less) I Can’t Sing - The X Factor Musical, which opens at the London Palladium in February 2014.
Two Rose Bruford students completed a successful full week work placement in industry during December. The placement was provided by TSL Lighting, for Hillsong’s Christmas event at Wembley Arena, working alongside internationally renowned Lighting Designer, Tim Routledge.
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?
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.
Lighting Designer and Honorary Fellow Patrick Woodroffe recently visited the Lighting Design programme, just after breakfast with Mick Jagger and before boarding a plan to the US for rehearsals with Elton John!
Our annual Symposium focuses on student and staff research, putting practice on display and demonstrating how it lies at the heart of all artistic endeavours here at Rose Bruford. Over the years Symposium has become a College fixture, a time to stop and reflect on how we can make theatre that is adventurous and surprising. It is also a seasonal rite of passage for our students.
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.