About the course
Theatre making at Hull has a strong reputation and a unique history. We’re one of the oldest university drama department in the country, and the city has a long tradition of producing exciting grassroots and professional arts groups.
Thanks to the broad range of our staff expertise, this practical, community-focused programme is challenging, varied and at the forefront of research into theatre, place and space.
You’ll gain hands-on experience in making theatre in a range of settings, including schools, youth groups and care homes, and for a variety of audiences. You’ll also have opportunities to learn how to set up and run your own theatre company.
The relationship between the theory and practice of theatre making is at the heart of the programme. This enables you to develop as creative and reflective theatre artist.
Our students love working in a close-knit, friendly drama community with excellent dedicated facilities and unrivalled access to theatre and rehearsal space. This includes the Gulbenkian Centre, a Grade II-listed working theatre, which was designed by the late theatre architect Peter Moro.
You’ll also benefit from our links with local arts organisations, such as Hull Truck Theatre, nationally-renowned companies, including the New Diorama Theatre in London, and graduate theatre companies such as Middle Child, Silent Uproar and the Roaring Girls.
What you'll study
The MA Theatre Making is designed to connect the theory and practice of theatre and performance, to facilitate collaboration, and to explore and interrogate the interdisciplinary connections between different modes of theatre making.
The programme focuses on the relationship between theatre and performance, place, space and community.
Modules are core for all students and arranged across three strands:
- Theoretical, historiographic and interdisciplinary models for theatre making
- Practical exploration of theatre making in local contexts
- Core professional and academic skills related to the study and practice of theatre making
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Place, Space and Performance
How important are place and space to the idea of performance? What does an understanding of community bring to our appreciation of the processes of making and receiving drama? You'll look at several philosophical and political readings and critiques of the formation and use of space and place.
Performance Practice 1
Drama Postgraduate Research and Training Seminar
Public Engagement Through Applied Performance
Taught jointly with staff in drama, this module provides you with skills to confidently perform in front of a live audience. You'll work with drama students to develop a small production on a science theme and then perform it to a real audience. You'll explore collaborations between scientists and artists and also and with external partners – ranging from schools and youth centres to local businesses.
Performance Practice 2
The module takes the form of a group production project. You'll research, plan and execute a project brief in a community-facing setting. Building on your prior experiences, you'll address some aspect of the relationship between space, place and performance.
Drama Professional Development Seminar
In a series of seminars and sessions with other professionals on producing, funding, marketing, promotion and others, you will learn how to make a personal development portfolio (including a CV), a personal statement and a documentation of practice.
Research Project (MA Theatre Making)
This module is an individual research project that is in many ways summative of your MA Theatre Making programme. Choosing either a practice-as-research pathway with critical reflection, or a dissertation-only pathway, you can capitalise on your creative interests, talents and skills.
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