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.

Thu 23 Nov

Start time: 16:00

Shut up and Dance! Movement Meditation for Researchers, Students and Other Thinkers

Presented by: Anna Loewendahl
Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

An improvisation session for anyone curious about getting ideas out of their heads and into their bodies, and ideas out of their bodies and into their heads. Academics, directors, actors, writers and thinkers from any field welcome. By Anna Loewendahl (University of Melbourne) animateur & movement philosopher.

Wed 29 Nov

Start time: 15:00

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

Actor or Maker? A post-degree conversation

Presented by: Freya Bardell, Charlotte Evans, Rhys Slade-Jones

Freya always wanted to be an actress. She then got really into stand-up comedy. Soon after she realized she was a maker. She came to the Drama Department because, like you, she was passionate, intelligent and had something to say. It wasn’t until she left that she realized how much she had to say and that uni had given her the skills to say it.

This informal discussion will revolve around the question of what the drama degree prepares you for – the realities and differences between being an actor (serving someone else’s story) and a theatre maker. For those interested in making their own work, there are very specific needs that are not always realized directly out of university. Being able to identify what is a supportive ecology for those needs, to help motivate you to make work, is an integral part of the post-university experience. Come talk about it with Freya, Charlotte Evans (recent graduate of the Department) and Rhys Slade-Jones (aka BopaRhys).

Freya’s solo show "Twenty Something" is on at The Bike Shed Theatre from 14-18 November. This is two weeks before her talk but the first eleven students who contact Bryan Brown (B.Brown@exeter.ac.uk) will receive a ticket for the performance on Wednesday 15 November. There will also be a post-show Q&A with Freya that night.

About Freya:
Freya graduated from University of Exeter in 2014.  She then spent a year and a half in London on the comedy circuit getting involved in open mic nights and developing ideas and scratches based on her experiences.  Her material was mostly autobiographical and focussed on her fast-paced and somewhat overwhelming millenial lifestyle in London and the struggles of maintaining that.  Over time she felt she had more to say than the 10 minute slots the gigs in London would allow, and decided to move back to Exeter to develop a show.  She debuted her show 'Twenty Something' in January 2017 with the support of The Bike Shed Theatre, which she is now touring at various regional theatre venues and festivals.

Sun 14 Jan

Start time: 11:00

Admission Free
University tickets SOLD OUT
No public tickets available

Workshop: Speaking Shakespeare - Techniques for Improving Auditions

Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Thinking of auditioning for Drama school or keen to improve your Shakespearean text skills? Sun & Moon Theatre are offering one-on-one sessions tailored for you, as each session is individualised to work with you on a monologue that you’re keen to explore and tackle.

We specialise in breaking down barriers between actors and text, giving you the opportunity to play with Shakespeare’s words and make discoveries, exploring visual clues and technicalities, and unlocking thoughts and emotions. Process matters to us and our aim is to support you in feeling more confident and liberated with Shakespearean text, helping you to find your voice and prepare either for auditions, or for working on Shakespeare’s plays or both! If you’d prefer to work through a scene with a partner instead of working on a monologue, we can work with both of you on a duologue.

These are fun, intensive and rewarding sessions, tailored specifically for your needs, whether you’re completely new to Shakespeare or are already very experienced.

Book a place here, and when you’ve booked we’ll drop you an email and we can arrange your slot time. Slots will be 60 minutes!

If you have any questions, please email melissa.sunandmoontheatre@gmail.com

We look forward to working with you!

David Johnson and Melissa Barrett are the Artistic Directors of Sun & Moon Theatre. They trained as part of the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, which included training with industry practitioners and strong links with the RSC. They are University of Exeter alumni; David studied Drama, while Melissa studied English and completed an MFA degree in Staging Shakespeare, in which she had residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe and was awarded the Cymbeline Prize. They have extensive experience as actors, directors and producers in Shakespearean theatre.

Wed 17 Jan

Start time: 14:00

Tickets for students/staff: 14
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 17:00

Workshop: Drama School Auditions

Presented by: Stephen Hudson - Course Leader MA Acting, Arts Ed
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Requirements – Participants will be required to move freely within the workshop so please wear clothes suitable for this: jeans will not be appropriate. Please be prepared to work in bare feet. Participants need to have learnt some text for the workshop, e.g. an audition monologue, a poem etc. It needs to be at least 30 secs in length.

2pm       WORKSHOP

Exploring how to find spontaneity and impulse response

Discovering impulses informed by the sub-conscious

Applying these discoveries to text to find different, less conscious choices in performance


Giving you the opportunity to perform a monologue in an audition style setting

We will ‘masterclass’ this part of the afternoon, i.e. not everyone will have the opportunity to share their monologue

4:30        Q & A

An opportunity to ask questions about a vocational acting training (with particular reference to a Masters programme)

5:00        WORKSHOP ENDS

Stephen Hudson has worked as an actor, director and composer for 20 years. Having trained at Drama Centre London, he has developed a physical practice which runs alongside the more psychological process of his initial training. He has been a Viewpoints practitioner for 25 years and is one of the only practitioners of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics in the UK, having trained under Master Gennadi Bogdanov. For the past 7 years he has worked exclusively on MA programmes (predominantly at Central & East 15) which has culminated in becoming the Course Director at Arts Ed, where he has developed a programme to maximise the potential of vocational training within a condensed, 1-year time frame.

Link to Arts Ed website: https://artsed.co.uk/acting/acting-ma-home

Wed 21 Feb

Start time: 14:00

Tickets for students/staff: 17
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