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Theatre learning beyond lectures

As well as learning key theories and approaches in theatre and performance, you’ll have the chance to boost your development and extend your learning outside of the classroom through a number of academic and informal opportunities on offer at Brunel.

Studying within easy reach of central London means you’ll never be far from fantastic events and spaces to hone your theatrical skills. From iconic centres such as the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and West End theatres to our very own clubs, theatre events and festivals on-campus, you’ll have the opportunity to hone your skills in the theatre world.

Our events, guest speakers and purpose-built facilities dedicated to theatre students will enhance your learning experience and be the starting point for inspiration on or off our London campus. We regularly host on-campus events like Arts@Artuad where we link up with students from the other creative arts subjects like Music or Film to put on shows. There’s also weekly classes and events (including singing, acting, creative writing, guitar groups, digital photography, oil painting, pottery) that take place in Brunel Arts. So you can be sure there is always something for you get up to, to keep your creative juices flowing.

You can find highlights, more information and an overview of just some of the great things we get up to below.

Arts@Artaud

A sociable night of performance for students, staff and the public. With an informal, friendly atmosphere, and refreshments all evening. Acts are introduced by student compères and interwoven with DJs, Arts@Artaud seeks to represent the best new artistic work at Brunel, both by students and staff – in music, film, creative writing, poetry, drama and dance.

Societies

We have a number of student-led theatre and performance societies for you to get involved in. From the Musical Theatre society where students have performed several showcases as well as held workshops and different sessions each week on singing, acting and dancing to the Drama society where you can go on off-campus trips and improve your skills in physical theatre, and stage combat (to name a few).

You’ll have the opportunity to join Studio Brunel, our student run production house which is funded by the Theatre department. Here, you’ll be able to take advantage of the excellent opportunities and take part in organising and running in live productions, plays and performance open to the public on our London campus.

Brunel Arts

You’ll have the chance to get involved in our weekly classes and events (including singing, acting, creative writing, guitar groups, digital photography, oil painting, and pottery) that take place in Brunel Arts. So you can be sure there is always something for you get up to, to keep your creative juices flowing.

Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare has long been considered one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language. He is known across the world for plays such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream that have stood the test of time over centuries. But have you ever taken a step back to think if he really deserves all the acclaim? Shakespeare week at Brunel involves a number of talks, activities and events around the man himself and taking a deeper look into his life’s work.

In 2018 we covered everything from whether Shakespeare was a fake, to Brexit, Trump, and The Bard’s legacy, and whether his plays still matter today. We were delighted to be joined by Academy Award winner Sir Mark Rylance for a special session with one of the foremost actors of our time!

International Summer School

Each year, through the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel, you’ll have opportunities for international trips to summer schools globally if you’re interested in travelling during your degree.

In recent years these have included a Mandarin programme at Dalian University in China and a cultural immersion programme at Amity University in India. These international opportunities are great for your personal development, allowing you to meet people from all walks of life which closely reflects todays globalised world. You’ll be immersing yourself in history, politics, and economy of a new country which will help you build a strong network of contacts and international relations.

 

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