On the BA (Hons) Theatre, you’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving Performing Arts region - in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital. This dynamic course is for highly creative actors and performers that are driven to explore innovative and experimental theatre making and performance.
The course will prepare you for the realistic, creative and physical demands of the degree course and theatre performance industry. Workshop-based sessions introduce you to a wide range of acting, performance and devising skills, complemented by lectures, seminars, screenings and theatre visits. You will be creating original group performance work in small groups, as well as with level two students in their productions. You will also perform in two public and tutor directed ensemble shows.
You will step firmly into the creative frame while developing and consolidating individual performance practice. Alongside continued classes in 'Devising strategies,' practical modules in 'Text and Performance,' 'Visual Theatre' and 'Body and Performance' are designed to encourage you to experiment within and across the mediums. Under your tutor’s guidance, you will also devise, perform and direct small group public productions, as well as performing in the final productions of level three students.
You will identify yourself both artistically and professionally; defining the theatre you make and perform while finding professional contexts for meaningful progression. Study at this level is largely student-directed, consisting of tutorials, presentations, acting and performance workshops and showings of devised work-in-progress; culminating in a major public performance of your final production. The honours route also consists of extended research either in the form of a written dissertation or a documented practice-based research project.
After graduating in 2015, I worked as a Producer and Communications Assistant for Fierce Festival Birmingham. This amazing opportunity helped me secure both mentors, friends and a life-long network within the International Live Art community. This network led me to working with Ibsen Award winning performance makers Forced Entertainment as a Marketing and Digital Communications Assistant. I am a recipient of a Weston Jerwood Independent Creative Producer bursary with 'Ferment', an artist development programme, part of Bristol Old Vic Theatre and work as a freelance producer for performance artist and Contemporary Other Magazine editor Demi Nandhra. I have also assisted on projects for artists Geraldine Pilgrim and They Are Here, London. I have recently been selected for a programme of International Creative Development in Italy and continue to focus on developing my own artistic practice. I will be performing my first post-graduate work as part of 'For you, For you, For You' festival in Leipzig Germany 2017.
Graduate, Charlotte Berry, is currently working with Fuel Theatre as Local Engagement Specialist for New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood and also started her own theatre company: Tin Can People.
The course has set me on the right path for a career in the arts. The different modules gave me an insight into different career opportunities and I was able to realise where my interests are. I had the opportunity to see so much great work outside of the university - travelling to London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Manchester. The many opportunities which the course provided led me to working with theatre companies & touring my own work – it’s really important to gain experience while doing your degree!
After touring with a rock band in her late twenties, Lindsay Bennett embarked on the theatre degree at UCLan, where she gained a first class honors. 2014 saw Lindsay write her first solo show 'Mercury Complex' and was subsequently approached and commissioned by Manchester based production company Word of Warning to write and perform a second show 'Exit Smiling' which premiered at Contact Theatre in May 2014. Lindsay graduated from the course in 2014 and has gone on to work in TV & Film:
I've been really busy of late - I have a Manchester based agent and have most recently finished a paranormal thriller feature film called 'Seizure' set for 2016 release alongside some other projects which include work with Directors Tom Shrapnel and Frederic Planchon. I’ve acted in the sci-fi short film 'Charlie and me', a political film ‘Killerbird’ and another short film called 'Goldfish', which is currently in the American festival circuit. I have just written my own short film which should be starting production next month.
3rd Year student has been getting his work out professionally whilst studying & this has really developed his skills as a writer, performer and theatre maker:
Whilst studying as a student on the course, I have applied to professional platforms to showcase my performance work. My solo performance I’ll have a pint was commissioned for Drunken Chorus’ DRUNKEN NIGHTS III with mentorship from artist Andy Smith. Tin Can People, a theatre company consisting of myself and graduate Charlotte Berry, showcases our solo projects as well as a group piece called ‘Remember Me’, which was made as part of a university module in collaboration with another student Chloe Stollery. ‘Remember Me’ has recently appeared at Emergency 2015 in Manchester and at Hatch: Blood, Sweat and Tears in Leicester.
There was strong feeling of community within the program, I always felt I was able to talk to lecturers about any worries I had. Students were always offered one-to-one support when it was needed. Studying on this programme gave me fundamental performance and devising skills which I now utilize whilst I complete an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University London. I am truly grateful to the programme as it has helped me develop a career within the arts. The programme allowed me to develop an individual theatre practice and helped me expand my ideas conceptually. This course is dynamic, innovative and the lecturers are authentic in their teaching of the arts. If you want to be a theatre maker with lots of tools on your belt, this is the course for you!
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