Friday, 17 March 2017

The Thing That Came From Over There comes over here…

Huge thanks to Gonzo Moose for a wonderful performance of The Thing That Came From Over There on Wednesday night at the Wycombe Town Hall. The show was a tightly-packed delight involving a glorious range of eccentric characters, arctic exploration, alien attack and lots and lots of joyful stupidity. It had us laughing heartily from start to finish.

The cast stayed behind for a Q&A after the show, taking questions from Bucks Performing Arts students and other members of the audience. We learnt about the inspiration behind the many characters, the combination of devising, writing and rehearsing that goes into creating this type of show, and also how you set about rehearsing a scene that involves changing hats every three seconds.

The company returns to High Wycombe in May 2017 to run a workshop for Bucks New University Performing Arts students.

If you want to follow their work, read more here:

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Movement Alphabet

We were very pleased to be able to invite Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne to introduce our Performing Arts students to their latest work Movement Alphabet.

Movement Alphabet is an artwork combining interactive technology with a one-to-one performance, challenging the disembodiment of our digital lives.

Immersed in a separate and intimate space, a performer leads individuals through having their 'movement portrait' taken. Outside, viewers can watch as a 3D imaging system renders movements into a visual portrait through a process akin to a calligraphy of the whole body.

 As our students are working across Film, TV and Stage and are currently devising their own intermedial performance works, this was a great opportunity to introduce them to new and exciting ways of combining technology with performance, whilst also giving them insight into interactivity and immersive environments.

Jan and Tim created such a cosy and relaxed atmosphere n DS2, students remained in the visitors area for the whole duration of the installation, ceiling out on bean bags whilst watching each other's 'portrait' being taken.
The two artists also gave a talk about their works, shedding light on the the many and varied collaborative processes they have experienced as artists, individually and together. This rang a bell particularly in the ears of those first year students who just collaborated with animation students on some Motion Capture experiments, and understand the excitement but also the possible difficulties and compromises that collaborations can entail.

Jan Lee is a performance artist working at the intersection of dance, music and theatre. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists who work in sound design, dance theatre, neuroscience, digital interactive technology, poets, actors and musicians.

Tim Murray-Browne is an artist working with code and interactive technology. His work includes interactive installations of bespoke musical instruments, immersive audiovisual dance performances and sonic sculptures that reveal themselves as the listener moves through space.

They created Movement Alphabet in response to a sense of disembodiment in our digital lives. How can we express our identities online beyond selfies and status updates? The experience Jan and Tim offer is an invitation to consider the personality of the moving body, the lifetime of experiences, choices and habits entwined into our every physical gestures.

Movement Alphabet has previously been shown at the Victoria &Albert Museum, Watermans Arts Centre, G.A.S. Station and Tate Modern, all in London.
And now at Bucks New University in High Wycombe . . . Thank you very much, Jan and Tim for joining us!

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 :)