Monday 15th April

10.30 - 11.00 

General Gathering 

The Rose Theatre 

Jorge Lopes Ramos Artistic Director of Symposium 2019 and the Symposium Team welcome all students. Important information about all the events and how to sign up for them will be given during this session. Not to be missed!


11.00 - 11.30

Briefings and Registration 

Designated Rooms 

Everyone to meet with their programme staff to be registered for the Symposium and to be given information about specific events including ticketing procedures. 


11.30 - 18.00 

Bruford Busks 

Rose Theatre Balcony 

An open performance space for spoken word, improv, comedy, music, poetry and whatever else you would like to perform! Sign up for a 15, 30 or 60 minute slot either by e-mail or via the signup sheet in the Rose Foyer.


10.00 - 21.00

A Series of Sound Installations 

by Rachel Goldberg

Experience director’s commentary in reception. 

Relive present and past experiences of being at a train station in the courtyard corridor and Lamorbey House stairwell. 


12.00 - 14.30 



Studio 2 

This elegant production of Hamlet is performed by students and graduates of the Institute of Arts and Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It is the culmination of a four year staff and student exchange theatre development project between Rose Bruford College and the Institute of Arts and Culture funded by the British Council. Staff and associates from Rose Bruford travelled to work in Tashkent including Niamh Dowling, Nick Hunt, Irina Brown and Bea Pemberton. Hamlet was directed by John Tucker. Final year Lighting Design student Perttu Lahdesmaki undertook the lighting for this production. Although Hamlet is performed in Uzbek it is a clear and beautiful production and without doubt you will be able to follow the action. The outline of the story will be in the programme.



12.00 - 16.00

ZU-UK Goodnight, Sleep Tight



For over a decade ZU-UK have explored the intimate and the epic in the interface between live environments and digital experiences. Goodnight, Sleep Tight (GNST) is a new one-on-one mixed reality experience. You are put to bed in the physical world with pyjamas. As you lie down you see your 'mother' in the virtual world but also feel her, simultaneously, in the physical world. When you look down on the bed (via VR Headset), you are in the same pyjamas but now have a six year old’s body.


12.00 - 18.00

Sustainable Knots 


by Sebastian Omar Basterrechea

Ice House - by the lake

With a focus on sustainability and the reuse of materials, the aim of this installation is to show how a scenic artist could become a scenographer using an abandoned space.

A hemp rope represents the society and its time on earth; the knots are non-recyclable objects, the footprints that humanity is leaving behind.

The making of upcycled objects is our only hope in a world with limited resources.

“Upcycling and reuse are active movements in a time of capitalist crisis but, beyond this, it is a fun and creative way to design. We support a system of production that shows a critically different positioning of thought in an ageing consumer world”

Mathieu Mainground, designer


12.00 - 17.30

Trouble and Transformation - 

Micro Experiments 

Interactive Performance

Alumni Space curated 

by Samantha Wraith 


The Trouble and Transformation Space at the 2019 Rose Bruford College International Symposium is a curated programme dedicated to short, small scale and lo-fi experiments with transformation at their core. Responding to the conference theme of Interactive Experiences, contributing artists and producers will address one or both of the following criteria:

How can interactive performance transform the troubles that exist in today’s world?


What are the challenges and choices we make as interactive artists, and how do these 



transform our relationships with our audiences?

You are invited to submit proposals that engage with the programme theme in the form of (but not limited to) performances, workshops, papers or presentations that explore interactivity in any performance discipline. This opportunity is open to alumni and practising artists with an interest in bringing their work into the world in ways that instigate change and connection.

For more details see back pages of the programme or Symposium website. 


12.00 - 18.00 

Site Specific Set design 

Noyes Fludde at Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent



Level 5 Theatre Designers have designed a production of the opera Noyes Fludde, by Benjamin Britten.

Fort Amherst is a large heritage site based in the Medway town of Chatham. A Napoleonic fort of historic interest, Fort Amherst has been the site for the designers to develop ideas of creating a community opera, devising audience specific interactions and workshops on themes relevant to the community of the area, including ideas relating to how the project can have a lasting legacy in the town.

Their models, costume designs and drawings are displayed along with concepts for publicising and attracting community involvement in the event, bringing the fort to the attention of the town and to future events in the epic amphitheatre.


12.00 - 18.00

Making Sense of Mayhem

by Michael O’Reilly



Photo exhibition and photography studio; a place to be photographed in and to learn a little about being a portrait photographer. Making Sense of Mayhem is an inspirational art college environment. Each day will have its own improvised theme and will be created around the visitor, who can view the displays and if they wish, perform for the camera. Wear something glamorous, outlandish or controversial; turn up with a musical instrument to play or bring a distinctive prop; bring something to read aloud.


12.00 - 18.00

Reveal and Conceal


Rose Theatre Foyer (upstairs) 

Level 4 Theatre Designers have designed and made costumes based on the theme, Reveal and Conceal. Their research and inspiration came from visits to The Subversive Stitch exhibition at the TJ Boulting Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and The National Theatre Archives, looking at the original designs of Jocelyn Herbert.


12.00 - 18.00 

L’Art Out

Group Exhibition

LH003 - Life Drawing Room 

Living, Letting, Loving, Art, Out

L’art Out is an exhibition without a theme, a platform for artists to exhibit. 


12.00 - 18.00 

City of Angels - The Technical Story 

Exhibition by Daniel St Clair-Smith

Lighting Lab Corridor 

A photographic insight into the technical side of theatre. What goes into making a show happen?


12.00 - 18.00

Womb with a View


Tree by the Lake

A Secret Cinema

Short films shown throughout the day, every day of Symposium. 

Return to the comfort of the womb. 

An intimate experience, maximum eight people. 

You’ll find the womb outside in a tree... the exact tree is to be confirmed. Check our Instagram for updates @wombcinema.


12.15 - 13.15

Why I am an Avocado 

Elephant in the Closet Collective 


Studio 1

Why I am an Avocado dissects gay stereotypes alongside an exploration of the personal relation with queer identity and the LGBT+ community. Fragments of Queer narratives, characters and confessions tie together with the question we all ask: what makes me an avocado? Am I ripe? Do I come in a pair with unnecessary plastic protecting me from squeezing hands? Or am I just soft, single, and left in the corner, destined to be part of the never-ending food waste? There might be an answer; there probably won’t. But, at the end of the day what truly matters is that we are holding on to our pre-conceived ideas of what is what and what is not, said the teapot. 

Thank you Dr. Seuss.

OK, genius rhyming aside, watch a pair of gay avocados trying to work it out. We might need your help. 

No, we’ll definitely need your help.


12.30 - 13.30

Rough Music & Community 

Protest in 19th Century Kent 

by Andrew Walker 



Rough music is a form of street theatre, used within communities often to express outrage at the actions of individuals who were, for various norms.

The music played was usually performed on kitchen equipment. Saucepans, kettles and trays were often used. In some reports, the music is described as ‘the most discordant and unearthly noise’. In addition to the music and the procession of protestors, often effigies of the subjects were produced and carried through the streets before being burnt.

Using primary sources, mainly Victorian newspaper accounts, this talk looks at the nature of rough music, particularly in Kent. It plots the types of occasions when this form of street theatre was deployed and how and why attempts were made to prevent it by those in authority.


12.30 - 14.30 & 16.00 - 17.00 

Exploring the Perceptual Effects 

of Audio Cues in Stereoscopic 

3D Cinema 

by Christos Manolas 

& Sandra Pauletto


Rose Theatre Foyer 

This poster presentation relates to a series of comparative experiments studying the effects of auditory cues on the perceived levels of depth and sensory immersion in stereoscopic 3D cinema. The audio parameters studied in the experiments included volume level and high frequency content alteration and combinations of both. Initial findings indicated that, under certain conditions, increased volume levels may have a positive effect on the perception of depth of a stereoscopic 3D cinematic object or scene. This defied expectations, as in real life situations increased depth between the observer and the sound-emitting object would result in a reduction of volume levels rather than an increase. Based on this, an additional, dedicated, round of experiments studying this inverse relationship was designed and carried out. The audience can experience the effects studied in this phase of the experiment (e.g. Volume Level Increase) using the provided audio-visual equipment and material.


13.00 - 13.30 

Story Concert 

By MA AMU Cohort 

Performance/Story Telling 

CO09 & CO10 

A series of personal stories told through, with, and by music, using the Personal Anthems model from Jeremy Harrison’s musicality work. Each story is told in a different room, and audience members move from story to story at their own pace. 


13.30 - 14.00

Building Community through Music 


Following the story concert, the MA AMU students will lead a discussion about how music impacts upon storytelling and connection. 


13.15 - 14.15 

Every Cloud...

by Matthew-Alexander Kin


Rose Theatre 

Have you ever grieved over a loved one or someone close to you? Have you ever acted strangely in the period when you are bereaved? This performance highlights some of the changes your emotions go through after someone has died. There are no words. 

The performance is a full physical and postmodern dance performance around six individuals and two stories. Both are based on real stories and the repercussions that followed. It leaves the individuals wondering if they could have done anything more. But what would have happened if they could have prevented death? There is heartfelt real emotion shown throughout this piece. The audience will be taken on a rollercoaster journey that some may relate to now and others might relate to in the future. The show contains paint, partial nudity and flashing lights.

14.00 - 15.00

Career building with The Stage 

by Olivia Storey 



The Stage is the most established publication for UK theatre, entertainment and the performing arts industry. We review more shows across the UK, and internationally, than any other publication and we are unparalleled in our expert, unbiased journalism.

Publishing across the web and print, The Stage is a must-read for those with an involvement or interest in the performing arts industry and is an essential resource for actors and performers, backstage workers, creative teams and those in training and education.

In The Stage you’ll find the latest theatre news, reviews, auditions and castings, interviews, and in-depth features from industry leaders and professionals.

With The Stage you will be informed, educated and in-the-know about everything in the performing arts, and we give a voice to the industry where we can discuss the challenges that are faced, and celebrate the successes.


14.15 - 15.15 

Two Gentlemen of Soho 

by A.P.Herbert 


The Barn 

Welcome to the deepest darkest nightclub in London, ‘The Colts and the Fillies’ situated in a grim area of Soho. It’s the 1920s, people are exploring their darkest temptations. Anything can happen in this musical melting pot of suspicion, debauchery and Shakespearean comedy.

‘The Two Gentlemen of Soho’ is a 1920s farce in Elizabethan style, brought to you by a company of actor musicians. Hold onto your drinks, it’s after hours...



14.30 - 16.00 

Constance & Kelly 

by Laura McCluskey 


Studio 1 

Constance Markievicz: Suffragette! Socialist! Soldier! First woman elected to parliament. Sentenced to death after her part in the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916 then pardoned due to her ‘sex’ and sent to HMP Holloway where she meets Kelly McCoy. It is 2015 and Kelly got three months for stealing baby milk... surely there’s more to it? She’s off the drugs and away from her abusive boyfriend and alcoholic mother. What can these two women do for each other? 

Can Jeremy Corbyn help?

Cast Kathryn O’Reilly and Carla McGlynn. Chorus played by graduates/members of Clean Break Theatre Company


14.30 - 16.00

ZU-UK Workshop Audition leading into East London Workers’ Party



This workshop audition is aimed at actors and physical performers interested in joining the ZU ensemble. We invite applications from disciplined potential collaborators interested in ZU-UK‘s unique approach to using games, technology and playable methodology in creating live experiences. We invite potential future collaborators wanting to broaden their theatrical experience; performers and students looking for ongoing training; actors wanting to experience theatre within an exploratory setting using creative technologies; and people interested in participatory and interactive exploration of the space between strangers. 

The workshop itself offers participants a unique experience in physical performance. ZU use vocal and physical exercises they call the MCT (Mutuality, Contact and Trust). The MCT mixes improvisation, happening and workshop, challenging the accepted tradition of actor training by encouraging direct and unpredictable communication between actors.

Please note the MCT workshop will run directly into the East London Workers' Party. 









15.30 - 16.30 

The Assistants

By Jemma Carlton 


Rose Theatre 

A new play Inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Bechdel test, we see how these women navigate their lives through a male-dominated environment. It’s funny, poignant and makes you think – how far have we really come?

Set in 1987, in the staffroom of a film production company in London, we meet Donna, Cynthia, Bonnie and Lisa. Four women who know everything about this office. They try and make waves in an industry that isn’t used to them and it isn’t easy. 

With an all-female creative team and female-led cast.


16.15 - 17.15

Playwriting Workshop 

with Laura McCluskey 


Playwright Laura McCluskey shares some of the methods she used writing Constance & Kelly. Whether you are a complete beginner or have some writing experience, come and share ideas and spark your creativity.


16.30 - 17.30 

ZU-UK MCT Workshop leading 

into East London Workers’ Party



This workshop offers participants a unique experience in physical performance. ZU use vocal and physical exercises they call the MCT (Mutuality, Contact and Trust). The MCT mixes improvisation, happening and workshop, challenging the accepted tradition of actor training by encouraging direct and unpredictable communication between actors. A part rave, part ritual, part retreat, part exorcism, part communion experience that when put together makes complete sense.

* Please note the MCT workshop will run directly into the East London Workers Party, which will happen in the Barn Theatre. 


17.00 - 18.00 

Icarus Falling 

by Scott Wings 


The Cabin 

Icarus is falling. 

As he falls his poetry runs through his brain and circles through his veins. Experience one man’s grapple with mental health through the lens of the infamous Icarus myth. A one man show directed by Laurie McNamara and performed by Tom Higgins. Experience the legend. Experience the fall.



17.45 - 19.00

The Divorce 


Rose Theatre

A semi-improvised, comedic performance toying with what happens when we boil down the behaviour of whole nations to tangible human characters. Taking inspiration from the current Brexit negotiations, the piece takes a playful and absurdist look at both sides of the big Brexit divorce.

Anger and confusion, resignation and determination, acceptance and rejection, incompetence and more incompetence. We will go on a rollercoaster of break-up phases, ending in... well, that is yet to be decided... we’re still figuring that out...


18.00 - 19.00

ZU-UK East London Workers’ Party 


The Barn 

A live DJ-ed set hosted by the indominable Rita and Hope, two classy East-End ladies who present a Class Quiz that allows people to playfully position themselves in relation to each other. It addresses our desperation for ‘individuality’ and paradoxically our need for a sense of belonging. The game's perspective is that in our culture politics is a subject expressed through our lifestyle choices. Rita and Hope present all these questions in a bouncy joyous life affirming way and the participants start to feel at ease with revealing their true positions to the world. 

Did we mention the dancing gorillas?


18.30 - 20.00

The Children’s Hour 

by Lillian Hellman 

Director: Steven Dykes 


Sidcup Manor 

"Everybody lies. All the time. Sometimes they have to, sometimes they don't."

In 1952 celebrated playwright Lillian Hellman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, charged with being a member of the Communist Party. 

What clues to her vehement refusal to co-operate and ‘name names’ lie in her masterpiece The Children’s Hour? 

This site - specific production in the wonderfully atmospheric Sidcup Manor House heightens the secretive world of Hellman’s melodrama, bringing vividly to life a girls’ boarding school in the 1930s. Join us for an immersive evening of public scandal, political intrigue and personal betrayal.


19.15 - 20.15 


by Eleanor O’Brien 


Studio 1 

“We’re supposed to be a team, right? That’s what we’ve said from day one and right now I feel like I’m on my own.”

Daisy and Matt met at a house party through their mutual friend Liv, and the pair have been a team ever since. But when their three lives intertwine, secrets start being kept, and life gets complicated. Can one person’s insecurity ruin everything?


19.30 - 20.30 

Who is Afraid of the Darkness? 


Studio 2 

There is a letter/ Express/

From Mother/ Father is in trouble/

Else needs to cadge some money/

Dorsday wants to have some fun/

Can they get what they want?

You decide!


19.30 - 22.30 

Bruford Busks at Night

Rose Balcony/Courtyard 

An evening of live music performed by Rose Bruford students. Come and watch as your favourite acts perform on the Rose Balcony. A night to remember!


20.30 - 21.30 

The Planet is Burning 

by Saskia Collyns 

College Grounds 

An exhilarating fire and aerial show celebrating connection to earth's elements. Expect a multi prop fire performance followed by Aerial Hoop and a showcase of Corinna Francavilla’s fire proof costume.

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