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.

AUTUMN Season 2018

Mary Shelley

By Helen Edmundson, directed by Helen Watts

Exploring a crucial episode in Mary Shelley’s remarkable life – her meeting and scandalous elopement aged sixteen with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and its consequences on her family and father. Her parents, radical feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and political philosopher William Godwin, are struggling under the weight of heavy debts. When young poet Percy Bysshe Shelley becomes a regular visitor to the house, his financial stability and dangerous charisma charms the family, especially Godwin’s three young daughters. But it is feisty young Mary who becomes the object of his affections. Mary Shelley brings to life this extraordinary tale which led Mary to write one of the greatest novels in the English language, Frankenstein, which changed the literary landscape forever.

  • Thursday 8th November, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm
  • Sunday 11th November, 2.30pm

Tickets available from the Shelley Theatre Website and prices are as follows:

£10 – full price, £5 – NUS card holders

Age Suitability 12+

Blood and Ice

By Liz Lockhead, directed by Luke Kernaghan

Telling the story of Frankenstein’s creation and weaves a web of connections between Mary Shelley’s own tragic life and that of her literary monster. It focuses on the summer of 1816, when eighteen-year-old Mary and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley are joined at a house party on the shores of Lake Geneva by Mary’s half-sister Claire and the infamous Lord Byron. They take part in a challenge to see who can write the most horrifying story. Little do they know that Mary’s contribution is to become one of the most celebrated novels of all time, nor how her life, already burdened with the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, is to be so full of tragedy.

  • Friday 9th November, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10th November, 2.30pm
  • Sunday 11th November, 7.30pm

Tickets available from the Shelley Theatre Website and prices are as follows:

£10 – full price, £5 – NUS card holders

Age Suitability 12+


Created and directed by Jonny Hoskins and the company

A fun and freaky theatrical experience, drawing on the themes of her famous book, with a contemporary twist. Physical Theatre, Greek Tragedy and Clowning are thrown into the mix with steampunk science, cyborgs and a look into the future of human identity. The house built for Mary Shelley is inhabited by humanoids. You are invited to be their guest for a short time, and to bear witness to their story. Will they let you in on the secret of their experimental transformations? It is safe to enter, but beware! Your life may never be the same.

  • Thursday 15th November, 7.30pm
  • Friday 16th November, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 17th November, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets available from the Shelley Theatre Website and prices are as follows:

£10 – full price, £5 – NUS card holders

Please note that this production includes scenes of a sensitive nature. Parental guidance advised. Age Suitability 12+


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 This piece will be written in collaboration with AUB Creative Writing students and will be directed by Tamsin Fessey.

This brand new play, produced in collaboration with students of the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course, focuses on a modern day writer Clara, who has been commissioned to develop her science fiction novel, based on the Frankenstein story. The piece charts her growing obsession with the project which sees her return to her home town of Bournemouth, a confrontation with her past and the uncovering of a buried secret that threatens to shatter her relationship with her partner, Will. Further echoes of the past are represented by the characters of Mary and Percy Shelley who intersperse Clara’s narrative as parallel timelines threaten to collide. Meanwhile, in a futuristic lab, a sinister operation is afoot, with the potential to spiral out of control, a theme that is explored throughout this exciting new collaborative work, inspired by the life of Mary Shelley.

  • Thursday 6th December, 7.30pm
  • Friday 7th December, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 8th December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets available from the AUB box office

Prices are £5 per ticket.

Age Suitability 12+