The Student Experience

Drama at The University of Hull isn’t just another course, it’s a life experience…

There are various innovative and interesting modules in costume at HullOur teaching emphasises drama as an active form of expression: the ‘play in performance’ thus becomes the ultimate criterion and the centre of academic interest. All students participate in course-related productions/projects and have the opportunity of taking part in public productions, directed either by members of staff or by students. This involvement may take the form of acting, direction, design, Lighting, sound, costume, stage or production management; and, as far as possible, responsibilities are diversified so that students gain experience in all aspects of theatrical presentation. This also include other elements of marketing, publicity, Front-of-house and general Theatre Management.  As many as 10 public productions are staged each year, and single honours students may opt to undertake both technical and administrative production assignments from their first year onwards both as part of the course and for further student enrichment and development.

As any of our students or graduates would tell you, the course modules are only a part of the student experience at Hull. Many drama students benefit from the ‘student enrichment’ activities with a vast amount of extra-curricular activity that the school has a long history of supporting.

Throughout the year the Events Committee, run by staff and students, arranges a number of in-house extra-curricular events, including small-scale happenings known as Studio Nights and Huddles, productions without decor known as Huddees, and a number of workshops and talks from visiting industry practitioners. Every year there is a week-long festival of student-directed productions known as ‘Events Week’. Here students are free to try out new writing, explore directorial approaches, or simply 'play' in order to create striking theatrical images.

Drama Dept students and Tutors at Waseda University in Tokyo, JapanThe active social side of student life in the school is organised by the student-run Green Room Club, to which all past and present students belong. The club arranges social nights, sporting activities and theatre visits in addition to those arranged by staff. The school also indirectly supports Z Theatre Company, who tour a number of productions each year to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As staff have an interest in world drama, a number of productions in the last few years have toured overseas – even as far afield as Japan.

'Call Me Love Me' was produced in association with The Samaritans to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2012More recently our students have also engaged in activities with local theatre companies, including Hull Truck and Opera North, as well as two emerging Hull graduate theatre companies, Middle Child Theatre Company and Park Bench Poets Theatre Company. We also have good connections with the BBC, Royal Opera House, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and our students have been regularly involved in a range of projects. Supported by the school, a number of students also engage each year in various educational projects at local schools and in local community projects run by organisations such as Humberside Police, the local NHS trust and the Samaritans, to name but a few.

Drama students performingEvery year our students are also practically involved in the running of the prestigious National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough. which uses as its venues the University’s Scarborough Campus, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough College and the Spa Complex. The NSDF is a week-long celebration of theatre and live performance, with discussion and special events. It includes the best student theatre from all over the UK alongside workshops and masterclasses led by some of the country’s most acclaimed professionals. Drama students look after the organisation of the festival, which includes venue coordination, front-of-house, box office, reception, and press and publicity. Members of the team are given opportunities to attend productions and workshops. The event provides our students with significant festival experience, and the University values its unique association with the NSDF.

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