Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Physical theatre performances

First performances of the final year

Our third year students have produced some fantastic performances as part of their Performance Skills 3 module. 














Having received an extensive mime, movement and mask training, the students devised their own 25minutes long works, which were inspired by practitioners such as Pina Bausch, DV8, Gecko, Frantic Assembly and Forced Entertainment amongst others. 
And so they successfully completed the first show of their final year. The rest of the year will go very quick, but much work will need to be done before the end of it.



Well done you guys - keep going the way you started!












Wednesday, 23 November 2016

our graduates impress . . .

One of our Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage) graduates is currently making her name within the presenting and music production industry.

Lesley-Ann Okantey graduated in 2015 from our course and has recently started working as the programing managing assistant for the BBC2 music television. Congratulations!

When Lesley started studying at the Performing Arts course at Bucks New University, she wanted to become a stage or film/TV performer; however, like many of our students, the wide range of subjects she’d experienced as part of the course ignited her passion for something else. It was particularly the TV and radio presenting elements of her second year Skills module that inspired Lesley to try and carve out a career in broadcasting and presenting.

In order to further her skills, she completed the training program Music Potential by Capital XTRA. Funded by Barclaycard and the Big Lottery Fund, this training programme offers young people between the ages of 18-15 the chance to work with some of the best music industry professionals. (if you want to hear more about it, check it out here: http://www.capitalxtra.com/music-potential/

It was this training programme that gave Lesley the chance to have a look behind the scenes of national music events, radio music production, saw her host a show in London’s RichMix venue and interacted with many artists and DJ’s in Birmingham and London. 


Lesley describes her time at Bucks New University as ‘the best time’ of her life’; she particularly remembers the energy of her lecturers and her friends and the opportunity to try out so many different things and have your eyes opened to other career paths within the industry. She felt that particularly some of the trips and workshops forced her out of her comfort zone and gave her the confidence and motivation to actively pursue her dream career.
And it looks like Lesley is on the best path to achieving her dreams – apart from the exciting job at the BBC2, she also, under the name of Guava, present a monthly live music night in at Bar Under Solo in Camden, called ‘The Hook Up’  (check it out here: https://shoobs.com/events/14858/the-hook-uk-live-music-open-mic-night)

Lesley’s story is just one example of the diverse careers our graduates embark on!
Well done Lesley - We are very proud of you!


If you want to see the kind of event Lesley is organising, check out her open invitation for the next BBC event she is working on. You can reserve free tickets by emailing:


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Thinking about studying Performing Arts?

If you are considering applying for a Performing Arts degree, why don't you come and visit Bucks New University at one of our Open Days?
You can meet the team of our BA (Hons) in Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage), get a tour of the facilities and find out everything you need to know about our exciting course!

Our next open days are:
Saturday 19 November 2016
Thursday 15 December 2016
Saturday 3 June 2017

For more information on how to attend an open day, go to:
http://bucks.ac.uk/opendays/undergraduate/





Thursday, 19 May 2016

an impressive achievement

Modupe Salu, who graduated from the Bucks New Uni Performing Arts course in 2015, has won two major awards at this year's prestigious National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough.

Modupe performed her solo work I Can't Breathe, which was originally devised as part of her dissertation research project. It was the only solo performance at this years NSDF festival and was awarded the Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award and the Spotlight Most Promising Actress Award. 

A huge achievement for our Modupe - we are very proud.



Friday, 25 March 2016

Our students impress at the NSDF

Below is a great article about working in a portfolio career - with tips by no other then our recent graduate Module Salu, who is currently impressing at the National Student Drama Festival . . .
We hear her performance yesterday was brilliant, so we are very proud and happy of Modupe.


We wish her and fellow graduates Jenny Wade and Adam Zaman a wonderful last day at the Festival . . . . .

https://nsdf.org.uk/the-festival/noises-off/surviving-and-thriving-as-a-freelancer

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Modupe Salu at the National Student Festival

Our Performing Arts graduate student Modupe Salu will be performing her dissertation piece I Can’t Breathe at the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough next week.


The National Student Drama Festival is a yearly event organised with the Sunday Times; celebrating young talent, it invites applications from performance makers who are 16-25 years old. Over a week, selected entries will showcase their work, partake in workshops and master classes and meet like-minded peers and professionals from the industry. This year, 12 performers or companies were chosen to partake in this prestigious and unique opportunity, and we are very proud that our very own Module Salu has made the selection.


 Modupe Salu has attended Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and Havering Sixth Form College, before joining us to complete her BA (Hons) in Perfoming Arts (Film, TV and Stage).
Reflecting on her course with us, Modupe says: “My time at Bucks New University allowed me to explore a range of new skills and I made a lot of contacts, as well as some life-long friends, so now I am looking to progress my career.”

Her work I Can’t Breathe is a personal reflection on issues of race-related violence and cultural prejudice and has previously been performed at Bucks New University and at the Court Yard Theatre in London and you can see it at the National Student Festival on the 24 March.
Our course leader Dr. Nic Fryer will join her at the Festival. Fellow graduates Jenny Wade and Adam Zaman, will also attend to provide additional support and partake in the activities the week offers.

We are very proud of Modupe, who is an amazing performer and has worked hard for this opportunity and we are looking forward to see her performance again.
The link below will give further information on the festival and how to obtain tickets.




Monday, 7 March 2016

Performing Arts Employment Day at Bucks New University

Our yearly Performing Arts Industry Panel event will be held this Wednesday 9 March.
Our team have put together an exciting day that gives student a chance to network with professional actors from the Stage, Film and TV industry, catch up with Performing Arts graduates who are currently establishing their careers, receive lots of professional advise and to top it all up, there is a free performance and celebratory food and drink!