What's on

Drama performances, events and seminars are shown here. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly. See also the Conferences page.

Scroll down the list below to find the event you'd like to make a reservation for.

Mon 09 Mar

Start times are 16:30 and 18:15 and 19:45

Tickets for students/staff: 76
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 17:15

Tickets for students/staff: 38
Tickets for public: 40
Admission Free
End Time: 19:00

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 38
Admission Free
End Time: 20:30

Research and Performance: 09/03

Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)

Delves into the absurd normalities of everyday city life... we're all a bit odd really.

The 4.30pm performance is an Open Dress rehearsal for Drama students only. 

Facilitated by Sunhee Kim

Mon 09 Mar

Start time: 19:30


Tickets for students/staff: 19
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 20:30

King Henry VIII

Author: William Shakespeare (with John Fletcher)
Presented by: MA Theatre Practice Staging Shakespeare students
Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Scenes from Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
These scenes will be presented by a group of MA students from the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. The presentation has been tailored for pupils at top primary and lower secondary level.

Wed 11 Mar

Start time: 15:00


Tickets for students/staff: 7
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:00

Stage Combat Workshop

Presented by: Simon Riordan
Location: TS5 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

(For Drama students only)

An introduction to stage combat including how to make a fight look realistic whilst staying safe. The only workshop that encourages violence in the workplace! 

Come out fighting and learn how to punch, slap, kick and throw your way through theatre! Work on dynamics, building a fight and finishing one!

Make sure you bring water, a towel and wear clothes you can move in (no jeans)! 

Wed 11 Mar

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 28
Tickets for public: 17
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar: Susan Croft

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

A talk about the ‘Unfinished Histories’ project, which seeks to document the history of alternative theatre in Britain, through interviews and other archival practices.

Wed 11 Mar

Start times are 16:30 and 18:15 and 19:45

Tickets for students/staff: 77
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 17:15

Tickets for students/staff: 37
Tickets for public: 39
Admission Free
End Time: 19:00

Tickets for students/staff: 40
Tickets for public: 40
Admission Free
End Time: 20:30

Research and Performance: Living Will Be The Death Of Me

Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else" - Emily Dickinson

We lurch and stumble through our existence, careening towards death at breakneck speed.
As soon as we are born we are dying.

Although we are each just one tiny piece of a vast world, a world that will continue to renew and regenerate long after we’re gone, our presence in it could not feel more immediate.

During our lives we will experience love, loss, joy, despair and grapple with what it means to survive in a world riddled with contradiction and absurdity. 

Over the last ten weeks we have been exploring the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. Inspired by his approach to creation, the forms of the anarchic bouffon and the dynamics of chorus work, our piece looks at a society obsessed with living for ever, nabbing the ‘good’ life and how we try to live with that little scamp called death hovering over our shoulders.

Do we hide from it? Fight it? Or simply accept it?

The 4.30pm performance is an Open Dress Rehearsal for Drama students only

Facilitated by Emily Kreider

Fri 13 Mar

Start times are 16:30 and 18:15 and 19:45

Tickets for students/staff: 73
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 17:15

Tickets for students/staff: 32
Tickets for public: 40
Admission Free
End Time: 19:00

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 36
Admission Free
End Time: 20:30

Research and Performance: It Starts with a Dot

Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)

“One should start with the fundamentals. Well, what does that mean?”

Join us for an abstract journey of The Bauhaus, a German art school that ran between the two world wars. In this exploration of movement, colour and form, we experiment and reimagine original dance, art and design from the iconic movement.

The stage is our canvas.

4.30pm performance is an Open Dress rehearsal for Drama students only

Facilitated by Cathy Turner

Wed 29 Apr

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Prof Peter Thomson

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

On Edmund Kean and Hazlitt.

Wed 20 May

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 29
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Dr Peter Yeandle

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

On Victorian theatre, animals and imperialism.

Fri 22 May

Start time: 17:30


Tickets for students/staff: 19
Tickets for public: 0

No public tickets available

T3 Festival
Workshop: The Creative Actor



This is a 3 day workshop running 22-24 May.
Friday 22nd May 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 23rd May 10am - 6pm
Sunday 24th May 10am - 6pm

Cost: £100 per person

For: actors, drama students, drama teachers, writers, directors and committed enthusiastic beginners.

The contents of this Theatre workshop originate from our work with Jacques Lecoq at his school in Paris and have evolved over the last twenty years into an intensive professional physical theatre training. The workshop is carefully structured with progressive exercises and techniques that release the full creative potential of the body and the imagination of the actor. 

This ‘essential’ training gives a comprehensive experience and understanding of the art of acting. The ‘actor as creator’is the core principle of this workshop.

What we will cover:
Presence, Space, Timing and Rhythm
Movement technique
Re-play of daily life
Mask Work
How to devise a scene (space, situation & event)
The Crescendo
Collective Creation
Thematic Heart. What do we want to say?

Mask Theatre - through mask work we develop the expressive power of the performer through stillness, movement and the dramatic attitudes of the body. By using masks in training the ability and the freedom of the physical actor becomes greatly increased. It is a territory which frees the performer to play in a heigtened register.

Re-Play of Daily Life–to be authentic, the actor must observe daily life and then convey these situations and incidents without exaggeration or distortion. This work with space, timing and action is a vital building block for later performance and creation.

Theatre Creation and Performance–identifying the motors in the dramatic or comic situation. Working with the dynamics of a scene, playing with rhythm and crescendo.

Through the skills and techniques we explore, you will develop your corporal and poetic senses. You will learn what is playable, how to construct a scene and how to work as part of a creative ensemble. In any given performance situation you will be able to get the most out of yourself as a performer and as an artist. Past participants have applied this physical theatre training into both the devising of new work and classic text based productions.

Simon Edwards (U.K.) has worked internationally in theatre for over thirty years, as an actor, clown, director and teacher. He trained at the Jacques Lecoq theatre school in Paris and has been a core member of Kneehigh Theatre, for whom he directed Skulduggery, Arabian Nights and Telling Tales. He has taught at many festivals and congresses around the world including the UK, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Portugal, France, the USA, South Africa, Iran…Simon is a founder member of the Actors Space where, as well as other workshops, he teaches ‘The Creative Actor’. 

Over the past 20 years UK based Simon Edwards and Marian Masoliver (Barcelona) have travelled the world, taking these unique workshops and courses with them. Simon and Marian have taught acting and directing courses in many European countries as well as the USA, South Africa and Iran.