Students at Royal Holloway's Drama Department graduate to lots of diverse fields. This area of the site showcases some of the work of these graduates.
Recent graduates from the department include: the company non zero one, whose work explores interactive technologies in live performance – their devised production Would Like To Meet was performed at the Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican in 2010 (video to left); Analogue, whose acclaimed show Beachy Head toured internationally in 2011; Bourgeois and Maurice are 21st-century cabaret stars; Holly Powell-Jones, who won two open competitions for new radio drama in 2010 with her plays Thoughts of Mistletoe and The Reddcut Treatment; and core members of the Bristol-based company FAIRGROUND, whose new play Bonnie and Clyde was performed in London in January-February 2011. Read also about how James Pidgeon has started a very succesful career in the arts after graduating from Royal Holloway, and how studying Drama has helped magician Tony Middleton.
The department's postgraduate students also gain a plethora of skills. Recent PhD student Dr Royona Mitra discusses being a part time student and working full time. Former MA Theatre Direction student Vivek V. Narayan (pictured, above) founded Bangalore-based theatre group Theatre Counteract which aims to create socially-relevant progressive performances which offer audiences memorable experiences that are, at once, enjoyable and thought-provoking.
Hob Nob Night
On Wednesday 25th January, the Department welcomed back a wealth of successful alumni to mingle with students seeking post College advice.
The evening began with a welcome from Karen Fricker, Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre, and a video message from successful comedy duo, and Royal Holloway graduates, Max and Ivan - winners of the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award 2011, who have just finished a run at the Soho Theatre in London's West End. This was followed by a Q&A with three alumni who have experienced academic and theatrical success.
Finally, the students were let loose in the Boilerhouse to 'hob-nob' with graduates in discussion groups. The Department of Drama and Theatre provided wine and nibbles to accompany the evening and create a sociable informal atmosphere.