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.

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Wed 21 Feb

Start time: 14:00


Tickets for students/staff: 4
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available

Playing Together: Choreography, Rhythm, Ensemble and Storytelling

Presented by: Dan Canham
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Having previously worked for DV8, Punchdrunk, Fabulous Beast and Kneehigh, Dan Canham now runs his own company Still House. Still House makes theatre that responds to real places and people and often using dance to bring the poetic out of the everyday and concrete.  A Bristol-based theatre-maker and a Drama graduate of the University of Exeter, Dan is returning to the department to share his processes and experiences with you in a practical workshop using movement and dance to look: rhythm, ensemble work, sensitivity, visual storytelling and a sense of play and shared discovery. Dan works a lot with choreography and thinks of it is merely as opportunities for playing together in the moment - this workshop will reflect that. There will also be opportunity to discuss running your own performance company, movement directing or other questions that might arise from the workshop.

Dan Canham is a contemporary performance maker and choreographer. Through his company, Still House, he makes socially engaged and visually poetic work that includes dance-theatre, film and installation.  Still House works, 30 Cecil Street and Ours Was the Fen Country have toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally. His latest work Of Riders and Running Horses is an outdoor dance event for a group of female dancers, a live band and an audience. Commissioned by Dance Umbrella, it opened Dance Umbrella 2016 and has played across Europe including the National Theatre, Tanec Praha and the Tbilisi Theatre Festival. As a movement director his credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (WYP/Elliot-Harper Productions) Peter Pan (National Theatre) Jane Eyre (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic) Romeo + Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston) 101 Dalmatians (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Shooting with Light (Idle Motion) Once Upon a Time (Aga Blonksa) Solo two (Tassos Stevens). www.stillhouse.co.uk

Wed 21 Feb

Start time: 17:30


Tickets for students/staff: 17
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 19:00

Envisioning A Performance Ecology for Exeter

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Exeter has a rich history of vibrant performance and art but the ecology is currently facing change from a number of sectors, most clearly for Drama Department students and recent graduates with the announced closure of The Bike Shed Theatre.

The Bike Shed Theatre was started and maintained from department alumni vision and energy. For eight years, the venue was a local watering-hole, national touring theatre and incubator for local work. With the venue’s closure, a new opportunity arises for current students to collaborate with alumni in Exeter to develop a new place that can build upon the existing history while offering different and unique experiences.

This Town Hall-style meeting is being organized for current students (at all levels, i.e., UG, PGT, and PGR), alumni and staff to meet and discuss the current ecology and what the next iteration might entail?

Some questions we might consider:

  • What did The Bike Shed Theatre do well? What might a new venue do differently?
  • What do you want to see out of a space? What is your ideal hangout?
  • What kind of performance and art work do you want to see more of?
  • If you were to program a space, what would you with it?

Bring your own agenda and let’s see what happens.

Wed 28 Feb

Start time: 13:30


Tickets for students/staff: 17
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 16:30

Shakespeare Simplified: First Folio Text Techniques for Actors

Presented by: Susanna Wilson
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Third Workshop: All Welcome

Let Shakespeare’s First Folio help you ‘Speak the speech… trippingly on the tongue.’
The First Folio is as close as one can get to what Shakespeare originally wrote.  Editors have since made changes in punctuation and spelling to “modernise” the text, even breaking prose into poetry and/or poetry into prose.  Because Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be spoken and heard, not silently read, the original text includes performance clues such as tempo, pace, stressed words, and more.  Using First Folio Technique removes any confusion or intimidation these words may hold for the actor.

As part of a practical research investigation into creating gender identity through Shakespeare’s text, participants will be divided into two groups, one male, one female; each group will explore text spoken by both female and male characters in Shakespeare’s plays.  Actors will learn the fundamentals of First Folio Technique through group and individual exercises, with the opportunity to investigate further into one particular play, The Taming of the Shrew.

Bio:  Susanna Wilson began her professional theatre career in Seattle, Washington more than twenty-five years ago.  As a director, adapter, and producer, Susanna has been instrumental in bringing more than 30 works to the stage for multiple companies in the United States, including Book-It Repertory Theatre (a ‘page-to-stage’ company), Seattle Public Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse, Theater Schmeater, and others.  From 2008 – 2010, Susanna served as the Artistic Director of SecondStory Repertory Theatre in Redmond, Washington.  She has helped nine seasons of outdoor summer Shakespeare to hit the grass; in fact, The Taming of the Shrew was the first Shakespeare play she directed, back in the 1990’s.  Susanna was first exposed to First Folio text techniques through work as a theatre practitioner with the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  

Wed 28 Feb

Start time: 14:00


Tickets for students/staff: 9
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 16:00

Workshop: Drama School Audition Preparations

Presented by: Jacquelyn Bessell (GSA)
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

In this afternoon event, students will have the opportunity to work with Jacquelyn Bessell international director, actor trainer, and MA programme leader for Guildhall School of Acting (GSA).  Dr Bessell will talk through the realities of MA and Drama School life and prepare potential candidates through audition exercises, monologue coaching and a mock-audition environment.

Students should come prepared with one classical and one contemporary monologue. Students must have at least one monologue memorized to partake in this workshop.

Wed 28 Feb

Start time: 16:00


Tickets for students/staff: 15
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:00

Workshop: Don Boyd Masterclass on Screen Acting

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

Professor Don Boyd is a film-maker and Honorary Graduate of the University.
This masterclass / workshop will cover the following:

Directorial approaches to actors & performance in a film environment.

How actors offer their talents to film & television directors in a collaborative process.

Attitudes to technological progress and the responsibilities, oppoertunites and challenges that actors have in the modern media environment.

More details coming soon.