At the start, you are likely to bring your existing knowledge and practical experience, for example, as: Performer, Designer, Visual Artist, Writer, Director, Musician, Puppeteer, or Dramaturg. Alternatively, you may have some other body of knowledge and experience which you are keen to hone with others in the creation of new performance work.
Whatever your existing skills, you will have a passion for innovation and company work, and be ready to challenge and extend your specialist practice through collaboration with others.
You may be a performer with good physical and vocal skills, for example, wishing to extend your ability to create new work through contact with puppetry and object theatre, writers and directors.
You may be a dramaturg, wishing to develop your academic knowledge with others in the rehearsal room; or you may be a designer – with experience in lighting, sound, scenography, or visual media for performance – wishing to work with colleagues in non-hierarchical situations.
You may bring your knowledge and experience from another academic discipline – such as science and mathematics, film and animation, anthropology, choreography, or composition – which you are keen to develop in an experimental theatre-making environment, through improvisation and play.
While your practical and research interests arise from particular disciplines, your engagement with this course will be as a participant in an innovative collaborative laboratory for practical experiment.
Your experience during the year will develop from the intensive workshop atmosphere of Term One; through learning to research and extend your own practice in Term Two; to launching your own company or approach to making new work in Term Three; and finally taking your work to an audience of your choice beyond Central in Term Four.
Every step along the way will be designed to support you in this process of growth and development – gradually enabling you to become a stronger more articulate practitioner who is better able to combine with others to create new and surprising work.
Graduates of the course go on to hold positions of responsibility wherever new performance work is being produced; have won numerous awards and accolades for their work; are members of ground-breaking companies which have shaped the way theatre is experienced today; and are teaching and leading workshops in festivals and universities around the world.
You will focus on working flexibly and constructively with others to create new and innovative work, extending the boundaries of theatre and how it might be seen.
To build a platform for this creative development you will first work with a range of experienced practitioners, undertaking a thorough analysis of their work. You 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 your progress.
Throughout the year, you will be supported in developing your ability to document and disseminate your explorations and produce new work within a variety of institutional contexts. Building on the tradition of theatre-making as a communicative medium of exchange, you will also have the opportunity to look at web-based technologies and digital mediums appropriate to the development and representation of your work, or choose from one of the other MA options available at Central.
Your work will transform and develop during the year, through a process of reflection and rigorous critical attention, leading to carefully planned and documented public performances or manifestations of your work, making new links and connections outside the School, at the conclusion of the course.