Theatre & Performance
Performing live in a global, digital age
From ritual to the RSC, theatre is the live embodiment of the human story, however it’s told. At Goldsmiths we reflect our story and our contemporary world through the interdisciplinary and the intercultural. We explore what theatre and performance can tell us about the way we live now by drawing on everything from sociology to psychoanalysis and from politics to the playgrounds of the world.
As a department we approach ideas in many exciting and challenging ways, and as a student here you’ll have the freedom to cultivate your own creative identity. We embed theory in practice, and vice versa: our courses draw on rich staff research specialisms covering diverse areas from physical theatres and new writing to Black British performance and multimedia/Live Art. We encourage you to develop your historical and cultural knowledge, with the time and space to experiment, learn technical skills and develop your thinking and your practice.
We want you to graduate with a degree that will take you wherever you want to go with the confidence to ‘make it happen’ as an independent self-starter. We know you may work in many aspects of the industry so we make sure you gain experience across the discipline – from performing to directing, from administration to production – and learn the research and making skills to critique and transform the cultural landscape. In short, we cultivate the articulate practitioner.
We’re interdisciplinary and intercultural. As a student here you’ll be encouraged to look within and beyond British traditions into European and World theatres, studying the discipline in relation to a whole host of others from anthropology and sociology, to philosophy and cultural studies; and with specialists in African and South East Asian theatre, you will be able to discover practices you can’t study elsewhere. Meanwhile, we embrace new technologies and the important contribution they are currently making to live work.
We’re interrogative and student-centred. You can decide how to answer questions of performance through your own research. We address the politics of culture and theatre making, so that you can find what kind of contribution you want to make and which career path you might choose, armed with a range of transferable skills. We’ll give you the tools to develop your own ideas so you find your voice and create original projects from scratch.
We’re taking theatre from and back into the world. At Goldsmiths you won’t only be transferring a text from page to stage. You could be inventing, writing or devising your own. And you’ll see how theatre and performance making can transform the lives of others, whether within a prison, a school, a community or theatre venue. You’ll also be guided by a dedicated team of world-leading practitioners and theorists: 94% of our students said they’d received the help and support they need (National Student Survey 2012) whilst 99% agreed their course was intellectually stimulating.
At Goldsmiths you can:
• Learn from internationally renowned practitioners amongst our permanent staff as well as from our regular Performance Research Seminars and other prominent events
• Use our on-site facilities and performance spaces including purpose-built white and black studios, a 160-seat theatre, and scenographic, costume and lighting workshops
• Access our new Open Access Media Lab so you can and edit your own work and learn digital scenography on CAD software
• Enjoy our excellent Library facilities that include the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) Archive and a wide range of books and digital resources to support your learning
• Access a huge network of London venues from the Southbank Centre to Sadler’s Wells and from Battersea Arts Centre to the Barbican
• Become a rounded practitioner by getting involved in all aspects, from performing and directing to scenography, stage management, technical operation, sound, video and lighting
• Create your own Final Show specialising in your chosen form, from applied theatre to devising to new writing to Live Art; and research a written dissertation topic with expert advice from your supervisor
• Prepare for your future with our dynamic personal and professional development programme
• Go on to gain international recognition in the field – our recent graduates have won awards and commissions from the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, the RSC and The Old Vic; initiated projects funded by the Arts Council; and become cultural leaders funded by the British Council and the Rolex Mentoring Scheme
• Join a growing department where 93% of students expressed overall satisfaction with the quality of the course, with 90% agreeing that Theatre and Performance had improved their Personal Development skills (National Student Survey 2012)