At the start, students are likely to bring their existing knowledge and practical experience, for example, as a Performer, Designer, Visual Artist, Writer, Director, Musician, Puppeteer, or Dramaturg. Alternatively, students may have another body of knowledge and experience that they are keen to hone with others in the creation of new performance work.Whatever their existing skills, participants will have a passion for innovation and company work, and be ready to challenge and extend specialist practice through collaboration with others.
Students on this course may be a performer with good physical and vocal skills, for example, wishing to extend their ability to create new work through contact with puppetry and object theatre, writers and directors.
Or a student may be a dramaturg, wishing to develop academic knowledge with others in the rehearsal room; or a designer with experience in lighting, sound, scenography, or visual media for performance wishing to work with colleagues in non-hierarchical situations.
Participants may bring knowledge and experience from another academic discipline, such as science and mathematics, film and animation, anthropology, choreography, or composition, which they are keen to develop in an experimental theatre-making environment, through improvisation and play.
While practical and research interests arise from particular disciplines, engagement with this course will be as a participant in an innovative collaborative laboratory for practical experiment.
A Year of Creative Development
Experience during the year will develop from the intensive workshop atmosphere of Term One, through learning to research and extending practice in Term Two, to launching a company or approach to making new work in Term Three, and finally taking work to an audience of choice beyond Central in Term Four.
Throughout the course, students will be supported in this process of growth and development, gradually enabling them to become a stronger, more articulate practitioner, better able to work flexibly and constructively with others, extending the boundaries of theatre and how it might be seen. To build a platform for this creative development students will first work with a range of experienced practitioners, undertaking a thorough analysis of their work. They will also work closely alongside the programme convenors and members of the wider faculty, activating languages of interdisciplinary theatre within one of three broad investigative clusters – performative, scenographic or dramaturgical – but constantly joining with the whole laboratory to review and summarise progress.
Throughout the year, participants will be supported in developing the ability to document and disseminate their explorations and produce new work within a variety of institutional contexts. Building on the tradition of theatre-making as a communicative medium of exchange, they will also have the opportunity to look at web-based technologies and digital mediums appropriate to the development and representation of their work, or choose from one of the other MA options available at Central on some courses.
One of the productions from the course was recently performed at Project Istropolitana - the 19th International Festival of Theatre Schools in Bratislava, Slovakia - selected ‘to present the best performances, created by students of theatre schools, future professionals in the field of theatre and performing arts, from all over the world.’