The course has a contemporary focus but reviews the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, and interrogates what is meant by these in the twenty-first century. The extent to which drama is a tool for social change, and how it can be used within the educational system to enhance learning, can be explored. Throughout the programme, you continually develop your critical thinking to inform theatre-making skills. There is an emphasis on text-based approaches to staging and devising theatre, along with approaches to applied and community drama. Each approach is explored in relation to various theories including theatre histories, social and cultural perspectives, major movements and theatre practitioners. The first academic year offers introductory modules in the theory and practice of drama. You gain insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, how to make theatre, the political underpinning of texts and practices, and the ways in which texts and performances are viewed and interpreted. In the second academic year, you extend your practical and critical skills. The theories and practices that underpin the development of drama are explored alongside practical aspects, and you are able to construct an experience of your own from a range of programme specific modules. In the final academic year, you emerge as independent learners. The Group Project allows you to create small companies to make a major performance or develop an applied/Theatre in Education project. You also elect a specialist option focused on staff research interests. This programme enjoys a variety of relationships with external partners including the Theatre Royal Winchester, The Point in Eastleigh, The Nuffield in Southampton and Anvil Arts in Basingstoke. We also work closely with a number of associate and graduate companies including Platform4, Forest Forge, Wet Picnic, The River People, ShadyJane, Two Destination Language and many more award-winning makers of contemporary theatre. The opportunity to engage with current artists and venues is at the heart of the experience we offer.