Why Study Drama, Theatre and Performance?
Through practical exploration and critical analysis, the Theatre and Performance programme at Bangor will give you the opportunity to bring ideas and performances to life and explore the relevance of theatre and performance in today’s society. We are always looking to the future of Drama, Theatre and Performance. What impact can this subject area have on makers, audiences and communities today? What kind of maker will you become? And how can we continue to reinvent Performance into the future?
Some students enjoy studying this subject area on its own, while others find the benefit of pairing this subject area with other subjects offered within the University, such as Film, Media, Journalism, Music, Welsh or English Literature.
To support a well-developed series of skills during your time here at Bangor you can also partake in our optional modules in other subject areas, such as radio drama, short film production, and studio-based music production.
You will benefit from excellent facilities, including John Philips Hall, a large performance space for rehearsal and performance work, and our arts and innovation centre, Pontio, which includes a Studio Theatre for performance with technical support from industry professionals. Pontio also features the 450-seat Theatre Bryn Terfel which regularly attracts world-class theatre productions.
Work experience is a very important aspect of your studies here. There are several professional theatre and television companies in the local area, as well as arts venues and galleries for you to visit to gain additional work experience, Welsh and English language schools, community events and five excellent and very popular drama societies within the University’s Student Union who continuously stage productions.
I quickly found a love for play writing, with Sarah Kane being my biggest inspirations. During my time at Bangor, I wrote three plays and a number of short theatrical pieces. I endeavour to create theatre which explores dark topics in a poetic and beautiful way.
Career Opportunities in Drama, Theatre and Performance
Studying Theatre and Performance at Bangor can be your launchpad to a great career. We have excellent links with theatre companies, venues and artists.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles, including: performance and the theatre (both on and behind the stage); creative writing; professional writing and publishing; print and/or broadcast journalism; as actors, presenters and in television programme production; advertising and marketing; radio (as presenters as well as in programme production); digital, web and new media production; multi-media industries; teaching; lecturing; and public relations.
Others have continued their academic journey through practice-based and theoretical PhD and MRes postgraduate study.
Our Research in Drama, Theatre and Performance
We are inter-disciplinary, collaborative, creative and critical. In the most recent national assessment of research quality (REF 2014), all of the School’s research impact was of either world-leading or internationally excellent in quality.
All of our teaching grows out of our research interests, so you will be taught by people at the forefront of their field who are passionate about the subject. Our staff have extensive professional experience and include a professional theatre director, a scriptwriter and an expert in the field of vertical dance.