The BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice programme is an interdisciplinary performance-making degree focused on the generation of new and original performances that sit outside of traditional theatre.
This four-year degree brings together performance-makers, educators, advocates and active citizens who challenge norms, break down barriers and aspire to transform the world around them. This is a programme for the curious and creative, who want to become collaborative and socially engaged artists.
At the core of Contemporary Performance Practice is a commitment to the sustainability and social function of performance and how it can be ‘an act of community’.
Students are equipped with multiple skills, not only in performance-making but also in facilitation and working in communities, to create powerful performances everywhere from hospices, prisons and schools to swimming pools, beaches and building sites.
They encounter a range of concepts throughout their studies including social practice, live art, performance art, post-dramatic and post-modern performance, installation, performance research, site-specific and documentary practices.
Students develop their artistry with the care and support of expert mentors in one of the world’s top ten destinations for performing arts education.
They are part of a dynamic, creative community both within the Contemporary Performance Practice cohort and the wider institution, where collaboration flows through the curriculum, offering opportunities to connect with artists from across the disciplines of music, drama, dance, production, education and film.
Contemporary Performance Practice encourages students to claim their education and develop their unique arts practice to make a difference in the world. We seek to develop critically engaged artists who are able to engage with and encounter a range of perspectives, approaches and practices during their studies and beyond.
Its groundbreaking graduates make an impact all across the UK and beyond and many start their own performance companies including Glas(s) Performance (which developed award-winning young company Junction 25), Superfan (current company- in-residence at the National Theatre of Scotland) and 21Common (directed by CPP staff and alumni Gary Gardiner and Lucy Gaizely).