Performance Shows

Selected young people from local schools and colleges are invited to attend subject related performances, executed by our HE students. Such visits give learners an insight into the learning at university.

During 2018/19 academic session, there will be a number of performances, by our HE students, where schools/colleges are invited to attend. Such experiences enable curriculum development whilst enriching the learning of those that are studying performance at Level 2 and 3. Dates for upcoming performances are as follows:


Thursday 8th November 2018, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Mary Shelley by Helen Edmundson, directed by Helen Watts, at Shelley Theatre, Boscombe
Dress rehearsal suitable for 12 years+

Mary Shelley by Helen Edmundson explores 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.


Friday 9th November,  1:30pm-4:00pm
Blood and Ice by Liz Lochhead, directed by Luke Kernaghan, at Shelley Theatre, Boscombe
Dress rehearsal suitable for 12 years+

Blood and Ice by Liz Lochhead tells 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.


Thursday 15th November afternoon 1:30pm-4:00pm
Freakenstein a devised piece, directed by Jonny Hoskins, at Shelley Theatre, Boscombe
Dress rehearsal suitable for 12 years+

Freakenstein created by AUB undergraduates, directed by Jonny Hoskins, and inspired by Mary Shelley, who was only 18 when she wrote Frankenstein 200 years ago. It is 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 6th December 2018, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Shelley’s Voices. This piece will be written in collaboration with AUB Creative Writing students and will be directed by Tamsin Fessey. This will take place at St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth
Dress rehearsal suitable for 12 years+

Information to follow shortly.

Please note that spaces are limited and bookings are taken on a first come first basis. Shows normally start at 13.30 and last between 2-2.5 hours.  If you are interested in attending a show and want to bring a group then please contact us on:

01202 363209

Quotes from teachers

“‘Oh what a lovely war’ was amazing! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to expose our students to such a quality performance. We are always looking for ways to engage students with the curriculum and shows like this demonstrate how relevant and powerful performance can be to convey a message. It was truly exceptional and my students were buzzing after it.” – School teacher, Budmouth College (Weymouth)

“We are so delighted that we had the chance to attend this comprehensive performance. Such experiences are key in maintaining students appetite for the arts. Some of my students stated – ‘…the puppet things were really cool’ and ‘now I want to do a Performing Arts GCSE’. ” – School teacher, The Bourne Academy (Bournemouth)


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Shows and Exhibitions