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 02 Feb

Start time: 10:30

Admission Free
End Time: 16:30

Careers Event: Creative Futures Careers Showcase

Presented by: Creative Futures Society
Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

(for students only)

Do you want to make great connections, get career advice and network with like-minded professionals?

Monday 2nd of February
Northcott Theatre, Streatham Campus
10am-3.30pm, Q&A 3.30-4pm

Meet employers from:

  • Theatre
  • Arts Management
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Film/Theatre Production

No need to book - just turn up!

Creative Futures Event Website

Wed 04 Feb

Start time: 14:00


Tickets for students/staff: 27
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:00

Making it from scratch: A DIY approach to a career in theatre

Presented by: Jess Swale
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

In the current financial climate, it is increasingly difficult to rely on 'getting a job' in the theatre. So what can you do about it? How can you improve your chances? And how can you make your own opportunities?

Playwright and director Jessica Swale realised pretty quickly that no-one would give her a directing job unless they'd seen her direct something, So, after graduating from Exeter and Central, she set up Red Handed Theatre Company with a couple of quid, a lounge as a rehearsal space- and a brand new play. Since then she has balanced mainstream freelance directing, working as a jobbing playwright and making her own work... and found that it's often the personal projects which are the most creatively exciting- and which have opened the most doors. As theatre makers we are imaginers... why save that capacity to invent and dream for the rehearsal room? 

Jessica is an award winning writer and director. She runs Red Handed, for whom she has directed a dozen productions and been nominated for Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards (for The Belle's Stratagem). Her first play as playwright, 'Blue Stockings', was produced at Shakespeare's Globe, earning her an ES nomination for  Most Promising Playwright in 2012; she is now adapting for film. This year she is completing a bursary with BAFTA to write an original screenplay, completing a new play for Shakespeare's Globe this Summer (Nell Gwynn) and directing a touring production of her adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd for The Watermill in Newbury. She also works as an Artistic Associate for NGO Youth Bridge Global, making theatre in developing or war torn countries.

The session will consist of a talk about starting out, finding opportunities and the realities of life in the theatre- maybe with a couple of exercises thrown in- and followed by a Q and A. 

Wed 11 Feb

Start time: 16:30


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

Research Seminar: Juliet Rufford

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

Wed 11 Mar

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 28
Tickets for public: 20
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 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.