The Acting department have an in house Studio Theatre which hosts a number of productions during the first half of the academic year.

During the second half of the year students gain the opportunity to perform at the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, and Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth.

Collaborating with students from BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, BA (Hons) Creative Writing and BA (Hons) Make-Up for Media and Performance degrees, each production provides students with a key insight into the industry and develops skills in working as an actor alongside these other disciplines which make up theatre.

The actors also take on other roles within this process, such as Stage Management, Assistant Director and Publicity Officer.

SPRING Season 2019


Lord of the Flies

Location: Pavilion Dance South West, Ocean Room Theatre
Age: 14 years +

Performance times:

21st March 2019 – 7.30pm

22nd March 2019 – 7.30pm

23rd March – 2.30pm & 7.30pm


£10 or £5 concessions
To book, visit the Box Office website or call 01202 203630

Performance description: A new dynamic theatre production by graduating students from the Arts University Bournemouth that re-envisions the classic William Golding story for our times with an all-female cast.

Director and fight choreographer Erica Gould directs a visceral, haunting, and visually stunning production of Nigel Williams’ adaptation that takes the audience on a journey through comedy, violence, and moments of transcendent, elegiac, and tragic beauty.

In the not-so-distant future, a group of schoolgirls survives a plane crash to find themselves stranded on an uninhabited island after a failed attempt to save them from an unnamed global cataclysm.

A seeming Eden slowly and relentlessly devolves into violence and chaos. The stoking of fear is exploited to rally the mob, and individuality is sacrificed at the altar of unforgiving, self-serving authority. The complexities of reality and responsibility cannot compete against the power of fear and the simple, intoxicating, unifying force of creating an enemy through demonising the other. We watch in horror and fascination as the girls’ humanity is offered up in sacrifice to the Lord of the Flies.


The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Play with music – working in collaboration with Kokoro, BSO’s contemporary music ensemble
Location: Lighthouse, Poole
Age: 9 years +

Performance times:

9th May 2019 – 7.30pm

10th May 2019 – 7.30pm

11th May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm


£15 or £8 concessions

To book, visit the Box Office Website or call on 01202 280000

Performance description: “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight”

The Arts University Bournemouth and Kokoro present an exciting and enchanting musical adaptation of this well-loved children’s story.   Join Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they step through a wardrobe and enter a gateway into a frozen, magical world where the White Witch reigns.  A world that is always winter but never Christmas, and in which animals talk and mythical creatures roam.  Together they must find the courage to join Aslan the Lion in a deadly struggle between good and evil, and free Narnia from the White Witch’s spell.

A co-production between Kokoro (BSO’s acclaimed new music ensemble) and graduating students from the Arts University Bournemouth.  Previous acclaimed Musical Theatre collaborations at the Lighthouse include Into the Woods, Oh What A Lovely War and The Threepenny Opera.