Drama and Physical Theatre combines the best of a university education with the best of drama school training; producing a new generation of physical theatre makers who have passion, vision and imagination.
Why study Drama and Physical Theatre?
Drama and Physical Theatre is a course that demands a commitment, a readiness and openness for physical work, a healthy dose of imagination and a great desire to have fun. At the same time the course encourages a professional discipline and a healthy attitude towards producing work of quality.
We are looking for students who are not afraid of taking creative risks. The course will challenge you physically, emotionally and intellectually and provide a professional training for those who want to work in the performing arts industry.
Why St Mary's?
In our programme practice and theory are integrated. We believe that theory springs from practice, which is why the emphasis of the course is on practical skills, productions and on making theatre.
The programme begins with the acquisition of performance and acting skills. Physical Theatre students are first trained in traditional acting skills to increase their confidence as performers. This is followed by the teaching of more specialised skills and methods of creating and devising visual and collaborative ensemble theatre.
The main emphasis of the course is a European (French/Italian) tradition of physical theatre where storytelling, masks and objects play a large part in creating a visual, metaphorical world.
By the end of the course you will have had a professional training appropriate to a career in the theatre and be equipped with creative, analytical, communication, team-working and organisational skills relevant to a wide range of graduate employment.
Find out more about Drama St Mary's:
A Student View
"The Drama and Physical Theatre degree combines my favourite things about theatre performance, play, improvisation and devising. Each session has something new and exciting to offer, allowing for creativity and development. The drama studios are a place for imagination to be let loose with lecturers always on hand to give guidance, if needed."
In the 2016 National Student Survey Drama and Physical Theatre scored 100% for teaching satisfaction.
In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.