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MA in Physical Theatre (International Ensemble)

Course Description

Why study Physical Theatre?

The MA in Physical Theatre is a unique course that works very closely with world class experts in the field, while preparing you to create new, original work alongside other artists.

Theatre is about stories. When the story is told well it grasps our imagination. By twists and turns, sudden surprises, moments of joy, beauty or horror, we discover other worlds. It gives us pleasure and pain at the same time. The story stays with us…

With roots in Commedia Dell’Arte and other traditions of popular theatre, this mode is a theatre of storytelling; stories drawn from and shared by the community to whom they are performed. Physical Theatre focuses on physicality, expression, images and illusion, it is populist, humanist and anti-elitist.

Why St Mary's?

Physical Theatre (International Ensemble) is a unique opportunity for practitioners, actors, directors and graduates to learn to create visual physical theatre as well as to form their own companies.

The programme teaches theatre in the European tradition (French/Italian) established by Copeau, Lecoq, Gaulier, Pagneux, Fo, Brook and Theatre de Complicité.

The course is led by Kasia Zaremba-Byrne. Two international companies are connected with this degree - New International Encounter and Complicité, with members frequently teaching throughout the year.

What You Will Study

Full information about modules on this course can be found on the St Mary’s website:

Mode of Study:

• Full-time (One year)

Also Available As:

• Postgraduate Diploma
• Postgraduate Certificate

How To Apply


Financial Information


Visit the MA in Physical Theatre (International Ensemble) page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree in Drama, Theatre Arts, Performance Studies or similar combined with some experience of physical theatre performances at college or fringe theatre level, or appropriate and substantial professional training, acting, directing or performing experience combined with evidence of capacity to study at MA level.

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