Falmouth University Theatre

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Falmouth University Theatre

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Theatre at Falmouth offers distinctive and complementary courses in theatre-making and performance. Building on a long tradition of practice-based education and training, the courses share a common grounding and language in the fundamentals of theatre, namely performing, making, thinking, contextualising, reflecting and producing.

The programmes are structured to challenge and inspire, to encourage collaboration and responsibility, and to support structured and independent learning through integrated and course-specific modules and projects.

Our distinctive approach to arts education and research at Falmouth emphasises these core areas of focus:

  • Learning through doing: finding out through practice how to make, perform and develop theatre in the changing conditions of contemporary culture
  • Experimentation and play: placing value on testing and exploring ideas through practice
  • Cross-disciplinary: learning how theatre and performance are informed by and connect with other fields and disciplines
  • Context: exploring social, cultural and aesthetic contexts
  • Inquiry: learning through questioning rather than absorbing pre-determined answers and solutions
  • Integrating theory with practice: integrating thinking and doing as combined aspects of a developing theatre practice

The aim of Theatre at Falmouth is to provide each of our graduates with a compelling and inspirational educational experience that creates thoughtful, reflective, flexible and creative performers and practitioners, who are able to generate, research and write about theatre practices, engage with the wider contexts of contemporary theatre and performance at a professional level, and actively contribute to our social, educational, economic and cultural futures.

Alumni and visiting artists

  • Michael Grandage, former artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London, is a Visiting Professor
  • Tim Etchells, director of Forced Entertainment, and Mike Pearson are Honorary Fellows
  • Graduates from our theatre courses have gone on to work with people such as The Roundhouse, The Cube, Lone Twin Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, In Between Time, Arnolfini and the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Graduates formed the company Desperate Optimists, whose prize-winning film, Helen, (2009) was shown at the Cannes Film Festival to international critical acclaim
  • Graduate Mark Jeffrey is part of famous collaborative performance group Goat Island (Chicago), whose directors are Honorary Fellows
  • A graduate co-founded acclaimed performance group Lone Twin
  • Students and graduates perform and win awards at international festivals including Spill, Flare International Festival of New Theatre, Neu/Now Festival Competition and Gateshead International Festival of Theatre