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Drama study - performances

Kingston University Drama students have opportunities to perform in a variety of productions under the banners of KUDOS (Kingston University Drama On Stage) the official Drama Department performance company, and Theatre Workshop, our in-house student led programme of work.

Recent performances

The Wonderful World of Dissocia

View videos and a gallery showcasing recent performances by Kingston University Drama students on the Kingston University website.




Drama BA Final Year Performances 2014

As the culmination of their undergraduate studies the Drama students gave a series of public performances of both published play texts and self devised work. Nine separate theatre productions were staged over a period of 25 days in 3 central Kingston venues.

1. Matter – a devised performance


Reg Bailey Theatre, Monday 28th April 2014.

Would you like to spend about an hour of your life baffled, confused, but slightly amused? Probably not. Would you like to attend our dynamic exploration of “Generation Y” and what that's all about?

2. Half Past Nowhere – a devised performance inspired by the poetry of Bukowski


Devised by Greta Matuseviciute and Anna Kornilova.
Fighting Cocks Public house, Monday 28th April 2014

‘Good evening my name is Barbara and I will be serving you at the Fighting Cocks this evening. I would recommend the poetry of the day by Charles Bukowski served with a drink of my choice…’.

3. The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Antony Neilson. Directed by Harry Elliott Moulden


Reg Bailey Theatre, Thursday 1st May 2014

Lisa Jones is on a journey. It’s a colourful and exciting off-kilter trip in search of one lost hour that has tipped the balance of her life. The inhabitants of the wonderful world she finds herself in - Dissocia - are a curious blend of the funny, the friendly and the brutal.

4. Almost Maine by John Cariani


Reg Bailey Theatre, Wednesday 7th May 2014

The northern lights inspire an evening of glory and hope for eighteen people East to West in the magical small town of Almost, Maine.

5. God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (translation by Christopher Hampton) - directed by Willow Pearce and Natalie Forsythe


Rose Studio, Thursday 8th May, Friday 9th May 2014

Yasmina Reza's multi-award winning comedy of manners. Four 'adults', a bottle of rum, a missing hamster, a broken tooth and one very upset stomach.'I believe in the god of carnage.The god whose rule's been unchallenged since time immemorial.'

6. Lost voices – a devised performance


Reg Bailey Theatre, Monday 12th May 2014

This production explores, through a montage of scenes interlinking physical theatre and spoken word, the loss of voices across four centuries to the present day. A collision of characters focusing on the replacement of voice from the slaves, to spoken word heroes and people that have claimed a name throughout history.

7. Pandemonium – a devised performance


Rose Studio, Wednesday 14th May, Thursday 15th May 2014

"Come and join the fun, there's something for everyone. Leave the outside world behind but try not to lose your mind." Welcome to YPA. The performance will include active audience participation so come with an open and playful mind.

8. Subjectilis – a devised performance. Directed by Chelsi Ludlow


Reg Bailey Theatre, Thursday 15th May , Friday 16th May 2014

"Only in a world where there is no judgement can we begin to explore the truth about ourselves. Subjectilis will open your eyes to the concept of personal secrecy, and help you to question how you would act without the social constrictions of everyday life. In this world you will become immersed in the concealed lives of others and be given the chance to embrace your own secrets. Are you ready to meet the 'real' you?"

9. Off track – a devised performance


Reg Bailey Theatre, Tuesday 20th May, Wednesday 21st May 2014

The ability to perfect the art of being different is something we all struggle to do…at least that’s what we all think, right? Social stereotypes are the core of how we think of ourselves and others. You’ve all got that one image that just popped into you heads.

KUDOS

Study picKUDOS (Kingston University Drama On Stage) regularly presents top quality theatre at festivals around the UK. In 2015, an ensemble of 10 undergraduates presented the UK stage premiere of Howard Barker's Knowledge and a Girl at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other recent Edinburgh productions have included Euripides' Medea, and Dream/Life, a play written and directed by postgraduate Drama students. Undergraduates and postgraduates also join forces to present performances at the Camden Fringe Festival each summer. Performances at Camden and Edinburgh are part of our established programme of annual activities, as are performances at Kingston's very own International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF). In 2014, the Department presented Pericles and The Sultan's Queen at IYAF, as part of an international collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, involving 22 student performers from both universities. Every year, students past and present are involved in IYAF, where another highlight was a 2012 production of The Taming of the Shrew from the theatre companyBy Moonlight, founded by Kingston alumni Tanju Duncan, Andy Currums and Wayne Hughes. Other extracurricular highlights include the 2008 KUDOS performance of The Ragged Child on the main stage of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, and in the summer of that year, our production Face in the Crowd being nominated for 'Best Ensemble' by The Stage at the Edinburgh Festival.

Theatre Workshop

Study picProduction work in the Drama Deprtment is not solely focused on festivals and assessments. Our lively extracurricular programme runs throughout the year as Drama students produce and create Theatre Workshop productions themselves (with support from staff), providing a range of opportunities to gain practical experience, in performing, writing, directing and designing.

Study picPast productions have included Othello, After Miss Julie, Motortown, 4:48 Psychosis and The Lord of the Flies.

Undergraduate students also organise evenings of cabaret and clowning at local venues and have performed in local carnivals and worked with MA students on a range of projects.

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