Black Theatre Celebrated

Rose Bruford College graduates have been at the heart of BBC programmes celebrating inspirational figures in black Theatre.

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Drama Students’ Cheque Off To Mayor’s Charity

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.

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INTRODUCING - Markus Tarasenko Fadum

Markus originally trained as an actor, but later found his way into the technical side of theatre and the arts and is currently in his final year on our BA (Hons) in Lighting Design.

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Class of 2015 Graduate

Rose Bruford College’s governors, professors and academics were joined by the Worshipful Mayor of Bexley, Sybil Camsey to celebrate the graduation of over 200 students on Friday 11 September.

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Another Strong Performance in the National Student Survey

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.

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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.

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Malcolm Morrison Award for Classical Verse Speaking

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.

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Theatre Industry Gathers for Bruford on the South Bank at Bargehouse

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.

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Quentin Blake Talk Draws Over 300 People

An audience of over 300 local residents, parishioners and special guests gathered at Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey to listen to Sir Quentin Blake on his return to his home town of Sidcup.

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Rose Bruford College and Interact Launch Scholarships

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..

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Quentin Blake Returns to Sidcup

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.

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Rose Bruford College Hosts National Lighting Competition

 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.

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Monisha Shah appointed Chair of Governors

The Governors of London’s Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance are pleased to announce that Monisha Shah has been appointed new Chair of the College’s governing body.

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Gareth Lights Up Monty Python Live (mostly)

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)!

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Graduation 2014

Rose Bruford College’s governors, professors and academics were joined by the Worshipful Mayor of Bexley, Howard Marriner to celebrate the graduation of over 130 students.

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Opera Studies Graduate Rewrites Operatic History

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.

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Rose Bruford College rated the top Drama School in the UK

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.

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Obituary: Manfred Wekwerth 1929 - 2014

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.

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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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Acting Part-Time Auditions

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.

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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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Annual Symposium 16th - 21st April 2012

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.

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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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