Friday, 17 February 2017

It's that time of the year again!

Yes, here we are: Our final year students are shortly presenting their Advanced Productions performances. We are proud to once again being able to introduce a diverse selection of exciting work, with each performance shown at the Town Hall in High Wycombe and in a regional theatre near you.

First off is Theatre Memoire who have bagged the rights to stage Complicite’s renowned play Mnemonic, with its intricately woven narrative.  Mnemonic challenges the subjectivity of memory and the ability to comprehend identity through the physical traces left behind.
You can catch Theatre Memoire at the Wycombe Town Hall on Tuesday, 21 February at 7.30pm, or at Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Wednesday 8 March.
Find out more about Theatre Memoire here:

Blown A Fuse Productions is bringing us Black Comedy, a side-splitting joyride by playwright Peter Shaffer from 1965. This one-act farce is telling the story of Brindsley Miller, the nervously eccentric sculptor with the dream of selling his work to a German millionaire art collector. What could possibly go wrong?
Watch Black Comedy in Wycombe Town Hall on Monday 27 February at 7.30pm, or in Hemel Hampstead Old Town Hall on Tuesday, 7 March at 8pm.
Find out more about Blown A Fuse Productions here: 

Forgotten Dreams Theatre Company is presenting us a brand new devised theatre piece called Queen of the Skies. This visually arresting piece uses multimedia and physical theatre to explore the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to attempt to fly around the world.
Forgotten Dreams Theatre Company are performing at the Wycombe Town Hall  on Tuesday 28 February at 7.30pm or at the Clapham Omnibus in London on Tuesday 14 March at 7.30pm.
Find out more about Forgotten Dreams Theatre Company here:

Get Out Theatre is taking us on a journey through an exciting and dark realm: they are staging Alistair McDowell’s play Pomona, which centres around one girl’s search for her missing sister and promises to leave you disturbed and on the edge of your seat.
You can catch it at the Wycombe Town Hall on Wednesday 1 March and at The Undercroft in Peterborough on the 8 March at 7.30pm.
Find out more about Get Out Theatre here:

We hope you can join us for one or more of these exciting productions!
See you there!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

celebrating success after graduating from Bucks New University

From ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and The 1975’s music video, to ‘Midsomer Murders’, Dean discusses his acting career since graduating from Bucks New University in 2015.

Read on to hear about Dean's experience and advise for budding actors and students alike

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Collaborations at Bucks . . .

At Bucks New University, we really like to facilitate collaborations across the creative industry courses; Over the years, our Performing Arts students have been collaborating with Film, Dance and Fashion students. Currently, Carrie Mueller, Senior Lecturer at the Performing Arts course and Rob Penhaligon, course leader of the Animation course, are facilitating a collaboration between students from their respective courses in order to explore Motion Capture from both the performers and the animator's point of view.

The students from both courses met each other for the first time two weeks ago, with the Animation students introducing the Performing Arts students to the requirements and restrictions of working with Motion Capture. The Performing Arts students responded with creating a series of short movement phrases, which were shared back to the Animation students. With small adjustments and developments, these movements have been captured this Tuesday in our specially equipped studio; over the next two weeks, the animation students will clean up the data and add an animated figure onto the captured movements. These animations will be returned to the Performing Arts students, who will integrate them into an multimedia performance, which will be performed as part of an informal day of intermedial performance work, facilitated by their Performance & Screen module. 

This exciting opportunity has this year been offered to the students as an extra-curricular activity; all students involved have therefore met outside of their usual lesson time in order to rehears or polish the data; the aim is that this will be a larger event which forms part of both the Animation and Performing Arts curriculum, with a much larger output and a public display of the resulting animation sequences and live intermedial performances. Judging by the pictures, with the amount of fun that was to be had particularly during the capturing of the movement (and aren't those suits very stylish), it would be a shame not to do it again :)

Monday, 19 December 2016

First steps into the professional world . . . .

Our graduates from 2016 have already started to make waves in the professional industry . .
We are collecting their stories and will be introducing them over the next few posts to see what career choices can be made on the back of a Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage) degree at Bucks New University.

Today we are introducing Rob Driscoll, who is starting a Portfolio career, working in independent theatre and film productions to develop his professional profile.
Here he is talking to us about his latest project, and has some valuable advice for our current 3rd year students:

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

New Promotional Video!!

Stop the press - watch our new video about the Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage) course!

Happy watching :)

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:

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:

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: