About BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre
BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre is accredited by the National Council for Drama Training, which allows graduates automatic entry into Equity, the actors' union. This unique and highly challenging course is dedicated to producing articulate and skilled performers who have the competencies necessary to create vital new work and to realise their own artistic inclinations. It was opened in response to demands for a training that would prepare actors for the challenges of new and emerging ways of working in the performance arts. The training relates in methodology to the work of contemporary companies such as Complicite, Improbable Theatre and Kneehigh.
BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre is aimed at those who want to experiment, explore and participate fully in the creative process. It offers eclectic training that is inspired by such practitioners as Lecoq, Gaulier, Grotowski, Meisner and Boal. The course attracts multi-talented actors who, while developing their skills as performers, experiment with creative writing, European physical theatre, music, devising and cross media art.
During the first year students share all their work with BA Acting students, following the traditional East 15 training and focusing on the development of authentic character work. Classes are given regularly in voice, singing, movement and research, and this continues throughout the course.
In the second year the focus shifts to familiarisation with form and style. Led by visiting practitioners from the industry, students experiment with expressionism in text, Commedia dell'Arte, creative writing, physical comedy, mask and puppetry. They explore the relationship between film and theatre, as well as theatre as a tool for social change. The year ends with a site-specific production of a classic text.
The third and final year focuses on staging new work. Led by distinguished practitioners from the industry, students develop ideas, staging new and original work, taking opportunities to perform, devise, write, direct and produce. Preparation for the professional world is given, together with opportunities to stage students' original work in the public arena.
After East 15
Graduates of BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre participate professionally not only as actors on stage, film, TV and radio but also staging their own original work on stages and screens worldwide. They are renowned in the industry as actors who can join a creative process not only as versatile performers but also as full creative partners.