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Study drama

Why study drama

Drama offers undergraduate courses is rooted in performance and its social context.

As a drama student you'll be based in a dedicated space, the Reg Bailey, which has two studios as well as seminar rooms which are fully equipped and supported.

You'll also have access to Kingston's Rose Theatre where you can rehearse and perform to live audiences, as part of your drama degree.

  • You will be taught by a team with a wealth of experience in both drama and education.
  • You will be supported throughout your studies by a Personal Tutor
  • You can study drama on its own or in combination with a wide variety of other subjects
  • You will be part of a very diverse student cohort
  • You will have London, with its world famous performance culture, at your doorstep
  • You will be able to work with leading practitioners and be involved in productions both inside and outside the University
  • You will have access to excellent facilities including two flexible studio theatres used for teaching and performances.
  • You will benefit from the team's very close links with the Rose Theatre and with Kingston's annual International Youth Arts Festival

Undergraduate courses

Kingston has a reputation for teaching excellence because our teaching is focused on helping students making the link between theory and practice.

Teaching methods typically integrate the two, mixing lecture presentation, seminar discussion and practical workshop activities. Drama lecturers are all active researchers and this informs both the content and delivery of our course, especially the Special Study modules in Year 3, where you can benefit from focused study of a lecturer's area of special interest.


The clips below introduce some of our first and second year modules in Drama: Making Theatre Happen, Staging Histories, and Devising in Context. Meet some of the module tutors who give a brief outline of each module and see students at work.

Devising in Context: students at work and drama lecturer Jim Reynolds who outlines the module.

Staging Histories: students working on a range of projects with drama lecturer Trish Reid who introduces this core first-year module.

Making Theatre Happen: students at work on a range of practical pieces with drama lecturer Jackie Smart who introduces this core first-year module.

Drama study - performances

Kingston University drama students have opportunities to perform in a variety of productions under the banners of KUDOS (Kingston University Drama On Stage) the official drama courses performance company, and Theatre Workshop, our in-house student led programme of work.

Recent performances

View videos and a gallery showcasing recent performances by Kingston University drama students on the Kingston University website.


KUDOS (Kingston University Drama On Stage) regularly presents top quality theatre at festivals around the UK. In 2015, an ensemble of 10 undergraduates presented the UK stage premiere of Howard Barker's Knowledge and a Girl at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other recent Edinburgh productions have included Euripides' Medea, and Dream/Life, a play written and directed by postgraduate drama students.

Undergraduates and postgraduates also join forces to present performances at the Camden Fringe Festival each summer. Performances at Camden and Edinburgh are part of our established programme of annual activities, as are performances at Kingston's very own International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).

In 2014, the Department presented Pericles and The Sultan's Queen at IYAF, as part of an international collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, involving 22 student performers from both universities. Every year, students past and present are involved in IYAF, where another highlight was a 2012 production of The Taming of the Shrew from the theatre company By Moonlight, founded by Kingston alumni Tanju Duncan, Andy Currums and Wayne Hughes. Other extracurricular highlights include the 2008 KUDOS performance of The Ragged Child on the main stage of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, and in the summer of that year, our production Face in the Crowd being nominated for 'Best Ensemble' by The Stage at the Edinburgh Festival.

Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop

Production work in drama is not solely focused on festivals and assessments. Our lively extracurricular programme runs throughout the year as drama students produce and create Theatre Workshop productions themselves (with support from staff), providing a range of opportunities to gain practical experience, in performing, writing, directing and designing.

Past productions have included Othello, After Miss Julie, Motortown, 4:48 Psychosis and The Lord of the Flies.

Undergraduate students also organise evenings of cabaret and clowning at local venues and have performed in local carnivals and worked with MA students on a range of projects.

Department of Performing Arts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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