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
Far From the Madding Crowd
7th March 2019, 13:30-15:45
Age: 14 years +
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership.
The novel is the first to be set in Hardy’s fictional region of Wessex in rural south west England. It deals in themes of love, honour and betrayal, against a backdrop of the seemingly idyllic, but often harsh, realities of a farming community in Victorian England.
It describes the farmer Bathsheba Everdene, her life and relationships – especially with her lonely neighbour William Boldwood, the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, and the thriftless soldier Sergeant Troy.
Lord of the Flies
21st March 2019, 13:30-16:00
Pavilion Dance South West
Age: 14 years +
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. The book takes place in the midst of an unspecified war.
Some of the marooned characters are ordinary students, while others arrive as a musical choir under an established leader. With the exception of Sam and Eric and the choirboys, they appear never to have encountered each other before.
The book portrays their descent into savagery; left to themselves on a paradisiacal island, far from modern civilization, the well-educated children regress to a primitive state.
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
9th May 2019, 13:30-16:00
Play with music – working in collaboration with Kokoro, BSO’s contemporary music ensemble
Age: 9 years +
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956). Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that one White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter.
In the frame story, four English children are relocated to a large, old country house following a wartime evacuation. The youngest visits Narnia three times via the magic of a wardrobe in a spare room.
All four children are together on her third visit, which verifies her fantastic claims and comprises the subsequent 12 of 17 chapters except for a brief conclusion. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and so are soon adventuring both to save Narnia and their lives.