This programme is open to graduates who are interested in the application of theatre in social policy or educational fields. It aims to encourage the research of theatre and drama applied to non-traditional spaces and marginalised communities, and enables you to interrogate your own and your peers' practice. It offers you the chance to develop your practical work and skills, and apply these to projects of your choice. Our students have worked in a range of locations - from Strangeways prison in Manchester to factories in Peru. The course is proudly multidisciplinary, combining aspects of participatory theatre, criminology, psychology, education and social policy.
Typical course units in semester one include compulsory units in research skills and methodologies, accompanied by core provision in contemporary performance theory and practice relevant to applied theatre. This core course unit provides an opportunity to directly experience practice in a core area of applied theatre such as criminal justice or education. In semester two, another core course unit is designed around a major practical project of your choice: past projects include anti-bullying workshops in schools, prison-based drugs education programmes, special needs projects, and theatre programmes in Peru and Kenya. You also take a practical unit offering training and development in the skills and capacities needed by an applied theatre practitioner. This unit is facilitated by expert visiting practitioners and the applied theatre team here at Manchester.