Upcoming Exhibition

After the Show is Over

Upcoming Exhibition Exhibition in Northwest Gallery / Exhibition in TheGallery

4 November – 1 December 2017

Curated by Katharine Piercey and Kenneth Robertson

Northwest Gallery

As the Acting course reaches its 70th production this autumn, this exhibition celebrates the diversity and collaborative nature of the course, and the work it produces. Looking at fifteen key productions, After the Show is Over will seek to investigate the process and practice of a production from page to stage, and consider what record is left behind as a memory of this ephemeral art form that is “different every night”[1].  As Huxley & Witts posit:

“Most live performance leaves only a ‘trace’ of itself. This alone makes the act of searching for the roots, methods and reasons behind its creation a crucial one. To understand the diversity of performance one must consider the practice and the practical concerns that have engaged its creators. “[2]

Photographs of productions and rehearsals, props, costumes, scripts and film footage will all be considered as this ‘trace’ is explored.  It will highlight not only the work of the Acting course but also other courses that they have collaborated closely with, including primarily Costume and Performance Design and Make-Up for Media and Performance, and also Modelmaking, Graphic Design and Illustration.

The productions that have been selected for the exhibition are wide-ranging in their genres and are all examples of how the Acting course engages with various industry partners. These include professional guest directors, external venues, and partnerships on five musical productions to date with BSO’s new music ensemble, Kokomo. These productions have given a platform for the work of AUB to reach out beyond the University and into the community, allowing the wider public to engage with our practice and also to experience the ephemerality of theatre for themselves.


[1] Alfreds, M. Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor. London: Nick Hern Books, 2007

[2] Huxley, Michael & Witts, Noel, ed. The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader. London: Routledge, 1996


MEET THE CURATORs: Katharine Piercey and KENNETH ROBERTSON

Katharine Piercey
Katharine Piercey trained as an Actor Musician at Rose Bruford College and has an MA with Distinction in Devised Performance from the University of Winchester.

Her varied work as a professional actor musician has included Poppy at the ICA and Disjointed at Jermyn Street Theatre; touring with Quantum Theatre for Science; the films Ali G in Da House (Working Title) and Bonviva (DMI Productions), and a Tetley Tea advert.

As a pianist, flautist and singer, Katharine also composes and arranges music for the theatre and spent 10 years working as a freelance singing teacher and musical director before moving into Higher Education. In 2012, she set up Sandpiper Theatre, a company which focuses on creating original theatre pieces using music as its source and inspiration. The company launched with A-Roving We Will Go, a promenade-style piece using actor musicians and written especially for the opening of the 2012 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

She is also the co-founder of Gaudy Bunting, a theatre company which investigates the wider political perspective of different female roles, framed within a subversion of the classic comic double act

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Kenneth Robertson
Ken Robertson has a MA in Theatre (Performance) from Goldsmiths University in London, and a Certificate in Education in both Art and Drama.

Ken’s introduction to professional theatre began in 1963 at The Royal Court Theatre, working with directors such as George Devine, Bill Gaskell and Keith Johnson. He subsequently worked as an actor with The Young Vic and was a founder member of the award-winning Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. In 1973, he auditioned for the award-winning Japanese physical theatre company, Red Buddha Theatre, directed by the world-renowned musician, Stomu Yamashta and toured with this company throughout Europe.

In 1974 a play on the life of Charlie Chaplin was written for Ken to perform and this played at Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He received critical praise in the national press for his acting abilities and interpretation of the tramp character.

Ken has been a senior lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth since 2006, teaching BA Acting where his main area of expertise has been in the teaching of Stanislavski’s ‘system’ (Psychological Realism) and Shakespeare. He has directed many Level 6 final productions and in 2014, he directed Oh! What a Lovely War at The Lighthouse Theatre in Poole.

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