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Roy Williams OBE visits Rose Bruford College 07/05/2024

We were thrilled to welcome esteemed writer and Rose Bruford alumnus, Roy Williams OBE, to our campus for an engaging Q&A session.

The inspiring conversation with Roy Williams offered a candid perspective on the role of theatre in today’s society, stressing its capacity to provoke thought and most importantly, change. The exchange of questions and ideas on the day left attendees inspired and enlightened by Williams’ wisdom and passion for his craft.

Huge thank you to Roy Williams for sharing his time and expertise with the Bruford community.

Read about the event ⬇️

Roy Williams OBE visits Rose Bruford College Rose Bruford College was thrilled to welcome esteemed writer and proud alumnus Roy Williams OBE for an engaging Q&A session.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 03/05/2024

Step behind the scenes at our Wigan campus as students rehearse for their Spring Season shows.

Our Actor Training BA (Hons) course offers intensive vocational training focusing on actors wishing to develop specialist skills in acting for recorded and broadcast media, such as TV, film and radio.

Learn more about the programme ⬇️

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 02/05/2024

The New Horizons Season is a platform for our final year European Theatre Arts BA (Hons) students to showcase their practice-as-research performances.

These innovative and thought-provoking pieces explore a wide range of topics and styles. From physical theatre to experimental storytelling, the students demonstrated their dedication and creativity in bringing their ideas to life on stage.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Learn more about the programme ⬇️


The New Writing Season is soon approaching. The season features eight plays and a song cycle created and performed by third-year students from the Acting BA (Hons) and Actor Musicianship BA (Hons) programmes.

With guidance from award-winning writer Janys Chambers and West End Composer Darren Clark, students practised their playwriting and songwriting skills, resulting in a selection of original works.

Tickets 🎟️

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Spring Season at our Wigan campus wrapped up with a production of Box Clever by Monsay Whitney.

Box Clever is a darkly comic play about Marnie, a young woman in her late twenties, stuck in a women’s refuge, trying to escape toxic relationship patterns, just wanting to do the best for herself and her daughter. But how do you get out of a rut when everyone you know is a liability?

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photography by Chris Payne 📷


Save the date—San Diego by David Greig will be at the Rose Theatre from 16 to 18 May.

Inspired by the playwright’s first visit to America, San Diego offers a surreal, comic and occasionally nightmarish journey of discovery into the heart of the American dream and our universal longing for a sense of home and community.

Tickets 🎟️


Rose Bruford College is delighted to announce that it has won the Lecturers and Teaching Quality category at the Student Choice Awards (WUSCA's). This accolade recognises our commitment to academic excellence, student experience, and innovative teaching practices.

The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for by students, making this achievement even more special. Rose Bruford College stood out among its peers, showcasing exceptional dedication and commitment to providing a world-class education.

"This achievement underscores our commitment to research informed teaching and our ongoing efforts to provide a world-leading higher education experience that prepares students for success," said Prof. Randall Whittaker, Principal and CEO of Rose Bruford College.

The award not only celebrates our commitment to academic excellence but also highlights our unique position as the only London-based institution to receive such recognition. It reflects our dedication to nurturing a supportive environment and prioritising student success.

"We are immensely proud of our community for their passion, dedication, and commitment to the student experience," added Prof. Whittaker. "This award is a testament to the collective efforts of our talented and dedicated staff, and enthusiastic students."

As we celebrate this achievement, Rose Bruford College remains committed to continuous improvement and innovation in teaching, learning, and research. We are excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead as we continue to shape the landscape of arts education.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 24/04/2024

Costume Production BA (Hons) students are the skilled makers behind many fantastic shows we put on throughout the year.

Students gain hands-on experience sewing, assembling and making costumes as the course develops the core skills needed to pursue a backstage career.

If you want to be a part of this creative and dynamic field, check out our highly rated course ➡️


"The Linklater Voice Method is truly global in its reach, with teachers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK, and the US.

We hope the new MFA at Rose Bruford College will further bolster that global reach and encourage applications from international students.” – Mary Irwin Furey, Programme Director, Linklater Teaching Practice MFA.

We recently launched a groundbreaking Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice & Theatre Arts) MFA programme that builds on the legacy of Kristin Linklater's pioneering teachings in voice, speech and acting methods.

Read more about the one-of-a-kind programme ⬇️

Photo of Kristin Linklater by Andrea Haring.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 19/04/2024

Throwback to our Spring Season production of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale.

In 1896, Girton College, Cambridge, was the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers' grades. Yet, while the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman.

Tess and her fellow first-year students are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them.

Blue Stockings is a profoundly empowering and enlightening narrative, shedding light on the struggles of four young women who fought to reshape the future of education.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photos by Ben Wilkin 📷

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 17/04/2024

Take a look at images from the Barn Season production of Secessionville by Steven D***s.

Secessionville is an epic dystopian fantasy set in an Election Year. A process known as ‘Long Division’ has divided the Nation into zones: Blue, Red, Neutral and Disputed.

Citizens have a short period of time known as ‘The Window’ to cross between zones before borders are closed, lines drawn, and families separated.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photos by Matthew Ferguson 📷


Late applications for our postgraduate programmes are still accepted.

International applicants have until 30 June, while UK nationals can apply until 31 August.

For any questions, get in touch with us at [email protected]

Take the next step in your academic journey and apply today.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 11/04/2024

London Season 2024 wrapped up with a production of The Grinning Man by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips, and Marc Teitler.

The Grinning Man is a fairy-tale love story with horror, humour and swashbuckling adventure. Grinpayne doesn’t know where he came from or how he got his dreadful smile.

When the show arrives in London, his fame spreads, and Grinpayne is drawn into the dangerous world of the aristocracy in a deadly bid to find out his story.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photos by Steve Gregson 📷

Two-time Olivier-winning Fellow heads to Broadway - Rose Bruford 10/04/2024

Bruford Fellow Katie Brayben is headed for Broadway as her two-time Olivier-winning show Tammy Faye crosses the pond to New York City.

"One of the hardest things to do in our industry is create a new musical. As an actor, you know there has usually been 10+ years of work on the project before you even step into the room to rehearse"—Katie Brayben.

Our very own Actor Musicianship BA (Hons) alumni, Katie Brayben, takes on the title role in the sensational production, which made its grand debut at the prestigious Almeida Theatre, London, in October 2022.

Read the news story via our blog ➡️

Two-time Olivier-winning Fellow heads to Broadway - Rose Bruford Katie Brayben was inducted as a Fellow of the College in September 2023, recognising her contributions to arts and culture as a former Actor Musicianship graduate of Rose Bruford.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 09/04/2024

Internationally renowned British playwright and visiting artist Martin Crimp lectured to our Collaborative Theatre Making MA/MFA and International Theatre Practice and Performance MFA students in March.

The fascinating lecture provided students with an experience to enrich their studies further and gain valuable insights from a leading professional in the field.

Thank you to Martin for visiting our campus and sharing his expertise with the Bruford community.

Discover more about our postgraduate programmes ⬇️

Photography by Matthew Ferguson 📷

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 08/04/2024

⭐ Symposium 2024 starts today. If you're a current Bruford student, come along and experience the best of what our community has to offer from 8 – 12 April.

This year's Symposium provides students with the opportunity to display their works, collaborate with peers, and gain experience working with industry professionals.

View the full schedule of events ⬇️

*Please note that Symposium is a private event presented exclusively for current Bruford students.

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Rose Bruford College continues its Spring Season review with a production of A Monster Calls, based on Patrick Ness's novel.

A Monster Calls is an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of love, loss, hope, and the courage it takes to survive.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photography by Ben Wilkin 📷


The Theatre and Performance Research Association's Scenography Working Group will host an interim event titled 'Glitch, Bodies and Scenography' at Rose Bruford College on Friday, April 12.

The event explores the relationship of bodies in spaces to glitches to appeal to body-centred researchers and practitioners from disciplines complementary to scenography, such as cultural geographers, architects and social arts practitioners.

Attendees can access the morning session online or in person at the college's Digital Studio. In the afternoon, a workshop on motion capture will be held.

To join, sign up⬇️


First-year Scenic Arts BA (Hons) students at Bruford displayed their technical talents with the 'Old Marine Bar' project, recreating a derelict pub installation based on a 1:25 scale model.

Students' artistry and technical know-how shone through the construction of this installation, built on campus last week.

Learn more about studying , and at Rose Bruford ⬇️

Photos by Janey Jones 📷

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Today, we bring you production photos from 'A Child’s Play' by Robert Marasco, performed by American Theatre Arts BA (Hons).

A school in 1970s upstate New York is the setting for a mysterious, menacing account of a battle between two teachers for the hearts and minds of the teenagers in their care. A combination of psychological thriller and dance ritual, the play explores the power of faith, the fragility of innocence and the loss of both.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photos by Matthew Ferguson 📷

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 25/03/2024

Photos from the Rose Bruford College performance of 'Breathing Corpses' by Laura Wade have arrived!

Amy’s found another body in a hotel bedroom. A funny smell comes from one of Jim’s storage units, and Kate’s losing it after spending all day with the police. There’s no going back after what they’ve seen.

Breathing Corpses was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in February 2005.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Photos by Chris Payne.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 21/03/2024

The production of Phaedra Backwards at the London Season is truly inspiring with its magnificent costume designs and captivating performances.

The vivid dream play by Marina Carr immerses audiences in the backstories of the mythological Minotaur and Phaedra, Queen of Athens.

Congratulations to everyone involved 👏

Tickets for London Season shows ⬇️

Photos by Steve Gregson.

Icelandic football documentary wins Glasgow Film Festival award 20/03/2024

Congratulations to Bruford alumni Smari Gunn, Stephanie Thorpe, and Kari Vidarsson on winning the Audience Award at Glasgow Film Festival 🎬

The trio won the prize for Gunn's directorial debut . The documentary chronicles the journey of a team of misfits as they work towards securing a home game in the Icelandic FA Cup on their 25-year-old village football pitch. 🏆

Icelandic football documentary wins Glasgow Film Festival award The Home Game won the event's Audience Award with the highest score in the prize's 10-year history.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 19/03/2024

Katie Mitchell OBE, acclaimed for directing theatre, opera and live cinema productions, led a masterclass with our Collaborative Theatre Making MA/MFA and International Theatre Practice & Performance MFA students earlier this month.

She spent a week at our Sidcup campus leading students through a series of practical tasks, focusing on the director's role and craft.

Katie's generosity in sharing her unique vision, uncompromising methods and expertise with our postgraduate students has been truly inspiring.


We're proud to support from 18 – 24 March 2024.

To participate, we are hosting a drop-in support session in student services, where students can meet with our wonderful team members, Lelah, and Beverley.

We understand how important it is to have a supportive community, and we hope that we can help create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.


Best of luck to Rose Bruford College students Maya Dhokia and Ashleigh Thompson as they audition for the second round of the Carleton Hobbs Prize.

Since 1953, BBC Radio Drama has overseen the Carleton Hobbs initiative, named after the renowned actor.

The bursary provides new acting talent with a valuable professional opportunity to work with the best actors and writers in the country on a wide range of contemporary and classic plays.

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 15/03/2024

We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for multiple awards in one week!

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐔𝐧𝐢 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 for the 𝐿𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑇𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑄𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 and the 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 for 𝐿𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑛 𝐶𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝐴𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝐼𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑌𝑒𝑎𝑟 and 𝑂𝑢𝑡𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦, 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝐿𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑛

We would like to thank the students for taking the time to complete their reviews and congratulate Professor Stephen Farrier and his colleagues, Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, and Enrique Munoz Jimenez, on their shortlisted projects.

We also congratulate all fellow shortlisted finalists for this year's WUSCA24 and London Higher Awards!

More on the nominations for WhatUni and London Higher

Goths needed: plea ahead of 'old school disco' in Middlesbrough 14/03/2024

Bruford Alumni News: European Theatre Arts BA (Hons) alumni Audrey Cook is curating a three-part project, Bus Stop Goth, ahead of a theatre show and exhibition in April.

"This is about celebrating the subcultures that are pillars of our community, but not commonly shared or celebrated." – Audrey Cook.

The town hall at Stockton's ARC on March 8 featured music, games, prizes, and sharing memories with North East storytellers Carmen Marcus, Sara Dennis and Kym Deyn.

Goths needed: plea ahead of 'old school disco' in Middlesbrough Artist Audrey Cook's Bus Stop Goths socials, show and exhibition will celebrate a subculture.


EVENT: The Festival of Independent Creative Practice by Theatre & Social Change BA (Hons) will showcase six original productions that boldly address pressing global issues with wit, empathy, introspection, sensory overload, inquisitiveness, and unwavering commitment.

21 - 22 March at Rose Bruford College, DA15 9DF.

Full line up of performances ➡️

Photos from Rose Bruford College's post 12/03/2024

Our postgraduate students had the extraordinary opportunity to participate in a visiting artist lecture with Dimitris Papaioannou at the National Theatre London, moderated by programme director Ivan Talijancic.

Dimitris shared excerpts from several of his productions, including Medea and Since She. He spoke about his career in the arts and his recent engagement at Sadler's Wells. The conversation involved our Collaborative Theatre Making MA/MFA, International Theatre Practice and Performance MFA, and Light in Performance MA programmes.

We look forward to continuing to explore his extraordinary artistry and seeing more of his work!

Learn more about our transformational postgraduate programmes ⬇️

Photography by Matthew Ferguson 📷

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