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Falmouth University: Collaborative Theatre

Institution Falmouth University
Department The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts
Telephone 020 7281 0360
Study type Taught


Bridging the gaps between disciplines and practices, challenging the notion of conventional theatre space, and increasingly diversifying audiences, this course typifies the Fourth Monkey renegade approach to professional theatre making. The course aims to create self-sustaining, bold professional theatre practitioners and companies who make and tour visceral new work to international audiences.

The course is designed to challenge, for students to maximise and diversify their unique artistic and creative skillset through interdisciplinary practices and professional development in a nurturing supported ensemble environment.

Built through the lens of some of the world’s most experienced and renowned collaborative theatre companies and innovators, exploring their knowledge, commitment and drive puts our students ahead of the curve in building the necessary skills to excel as contemporary theatre makers who also interrogate and drive creative innovation. Students are encouraged to play and probe professional collaborative practices in order to re-conceive theatrical traditions and develop the versatility contemporary theatre makers now require.

Our MA Collaborative Theatre course provides creatives from all theatrical backgrounds an opportunity to take their next step in creating professional theatre and to produce unique engaged new work while building professional networks for a sustained career in this profession.

Course Delivery:

Students training on Fourth Monkey’s MA Collaborative Theatre work alongside acclaimed established industry partners and professionals on the core thematic modules of their training. Students are also afforded opportunity to create and produce their own original work under the guidance and mentorship of these world-renowned practitioners and companies. Practical training and professional practice alongside extensive seminars and project-based learning relating to; production, project management, marketing and funding, expand and enrich the student experience and knowledge. These are fundamental to the holistic approach on the training programme.

Professional theories which have shaped the emergence of collaborative theatre making historically, internationally and across the contemporary industry will be primarily investigated through embodied practice and collaborative activity. Throughout the training, students are expected to work practically in the studio to explore the texts, processes and methodologies, constructing their embodied knowledge and understanding in the process. The training journey on this course will be unique to each student, through these interdisciplinary methodologies students will identify patterns and connections between theory, practices, approaches and production to form unique personal process and professional practice.

The MA Collaborative Theatre rigorously explores collaborative process toward performance. Research activity enables students to identify, investigate and evaluate a diverse range of source materials and embodied physical activity as part of performance creation.

Students are expected to engage practically with the holistic nature of theatre making and to undertake production roles which contribute to the realisation of professional performance; an intense extended student-led creation project supported via a mentorship team of professional theatre practitioners who guide students unique creative interrogation and artistic realisation of their work from R&D to full production of their own new creative theatre work in a professional performance setting.


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