Tuesday 17th April

09.30 - 10.30


College grounds or LH002

Early morning Yoga. 

See Symposium website for details 


10.00 - 21.00

A Series of Sound Installations 

by Rachel Goldberg

Experience director’s 

commentary in Reception. 

For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


10.30 - 11.30 

The Activist & the Spy

Performance (Work in progress) 

Studio 1 

“The Most Famous Unknown People in the World”

Based on true events. 

An opportunity to learn the story of the Kurdish people through a couple who were actively fighting Saddam’s regime during the civil war in Iraq.

The Activist: risked her life by secretly joining Amnesty International and getting war prisoners out. Interviewing people and using the stories of the witnesses so that the UN would help bring down Saddam’s regime. This production tells the story of the four days she had to flee with her family.

The Spy: after being trained by the KGB, became head of espionage in the Kurdish Communist party. He lost his youngest brother and cousins because they were related. 

This tells the story of how 

he got away from members 

of the Ba’athist secret service, and how his party members betrayed him after everything he did for the Kurdish.


10.30 - 12.30 

We are all Artists 

by Jeremy Harrison & Jo Frater, founder of Confidance and Confico 



We all have the right to explore our artistic selves. To be creative and to have our creative offers seen and heard.

"By working with perhaps the most unlikely art form, dance, that solely focusses on movement, with the most unlikely dancers, children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, many with limited physical mobility, been exploring how to make bespoke work choreographed by and for these creative individuals." Jo Frater, founder of Confidance & ConfiCo.

Jo Frater has undertaken a journey of curiosity, to discover ‘integrity and liberation’ as an inclusive dance artist and maker. Delving into the world of inclusivity through dance, this practical workshop and discussion asks what it means to be a dancer, performer and choreographer in contemporary arts culture.

Jo is the first postgraduate student on the professional pathway of Rose Bruford College’s MA in Theatre for Young Audiences. As part of her work she has been collaborating with students from ATA, MA TYA and MA Actor Musicianship on projects that ask questions about how we might train and work inclusively. Jo will be joined by Jeremy Harrison, second year ATA and MA students, learning disabled performers from ConfiCo and staff of Wyvern Special School in Ashford.


10.30 - 13.30 

Gill Day Draws 

Glass drawing workshop 

Courtyard Corridor windows. 

Gill Day’s drawings are created organically directly to paper or glass without preparation. Inspired by a lifetime of observational drawing each piece shows great humanity. She works with a loose line, a strong graphic sense and a limited palette. Her work on paper and windows can be seen at; Gilldaydraws.com.


10.45 - 11.45 

ZU-UK Capoeira and Physical Performance 



These workshops give performers a greater access to their physical fluidity and open the way to instinctive and organic impulses which avoid mechanical responses and aim to reconnect the performer to his/her individual inner life and discover it as a source of creativity. Capoeira is one of ZU-UK’s tools and is an incredible total training. Its equal emphasis on physicality, rhythm, improvisation and musicality makes it a perfect performer training. 


11.00 - 11.45 & 12.00 - 12.45 

Japanese Taiko Drumming Workshop with Liz Walters from 

the Tamashii School of Taiko-dō


The Skeleton Dome or The Cabin (check venue on the day - weather dependent)

Join this workshop to experience a taste of Japanese Taiko Drumming or practise the basic and fundamental techniques of Taiko. Intensive, physically challenging, mentally stimulating and above all, immense fun.



11.00 - 12.00 

Battle for the Soul


The Barn Theatre 

Through a mixture of spoken word and naturalism, we watch as three relationships are tested by a quiz, given to them by a stranger. What happens when we have to truly face how we treat the people around us, or more importantly ourselves?


11.00 - 16.00

Sustainable Knots 

Installation by Sebastian Omar Basterrechea

Ice House - by the lake

For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00 

A Collection of Scenic Independent Research Projects

Exhibition - Adam Kassel, 

Vicky Langoy, Cara Cox - Webber,_ _Rachel MacLoughlin


Come along and explore different cultures and aesthetics through a group of scenic artists’ work. You will find in this room the human, the elements, the mechanical and the mystical. We welcome your feedback on what we’ve made, to finish our written analysis. 


11.00 - 18.00 

Exploration of Special 

Effect Make Up Application

Exhibition - Matt O’Reilly 


For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00

Bruford Busks 

Rose Theatre Balcony 

For details please see 

Monday’s programme.


11.00 - 18.00

Making Sense of Mayhem

Michael O’Reilly



For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00

Reveal and Conceal


Rose Theatre Foyer (upstairs)

For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00 

L’Art Out


LH003 – Life Drawing Room 

For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00 

City of Angels – The Technical Story 

Exhibition by Daniel St Clair-Smith

Lighting Lab Corridor 

For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 


11.00 - 18.00

Womb with a View


Tree by the Lake

A secret cinema. 

For details please see 

Monday’s programme.


12.00 - 18.00

Bruford BAME Society’s 

Take Over Tuesday 

Various Events 


Come catch some new writing in a rehearsed reading from our very own BAME students.

Participate in a panel discussion about life after Bruford, the industry and striking out on your own hosted by Tatenda Naomi Matsvai featuring alumni such as Darius McFarlen and many more. We will be having an open discussion in the latter half of the panel. Bring your thoughts questions and concerns to kick off the conversations we need to be having at RBC.

Come in your colours so we can snap a picture of you @ Bruford’s BAME takeover this Symposium.


12.00 - 19.00 

ZU-UK Goodnight, Sleep Tight

Performance ‘demo’


For details please see 

Monday’s programme. 

(See Symposium website 

for details of performance times)


12.30 - 16.30 

Conversations on Privilege 

and Diversity


"Conversations on Privilege and Diversity" is an event which will mark the end of the ELEVATE Labs Programme (2016-2019) for ZU-UK. The ELEVATE Labs Programme is supported by Arts Council England and led by ZU-UK in partnership with Manchester International Festival, FACT Liverpool, Watershed Bristol, amongst many others. The event will include a mixture of table discussions, very short presentations from external guests and ELEVATE Lab partners and a small panel, with contributors from around the UK. Participation is open to all - but for this event contributions and conversations are led by WOMEN: disabled and non-disabled, cis and trans, both white and non-white, and especially from a working-class background.


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 

For details please 

see Monday’s programme.


12.30 - 13.30

The Biggie Baddie Saggy Daddy Rhythm and Blues Experience

Studio 2 

Is your glass half empty?

Has your boss got you beat?

Does your baby just not care?

You got the blues friend.

Join us as we take you on a journey through what ails you and remember, no matter who you are and what you do to live, thrive and survive there are still some things that make us all the same.

Bring your instruments.

Bring your voice.

If you don’t have one, 

One will be supplied to you.


12.45 - 13.45 

Operation Black Antler and the Ethics of Audience Participation

by Joseph Dunne-Howrie 



Operation Black Antler is a participatory performance where audiences create a new identity and go undercover to infiltrate a far-right group. This site-based performance by award winning theatre companies Blast Theory and Hydrocracker asks important questions of British culture: What are the limits of free speech? When does protest become terrorism? Brexit shows us we need new ways of doing politics. OBA allows participants to investigate state surveillance, identity, racism, terrorism, and free speech in performative and playful forms. In this presentation, Joseph Dunne-Howrie will discuss the ethics of audience participation and share the field research he did with OBA audiences to start a conversation about how theatre can allow people to imagine living on the fringes of society. He’ll also explore how audience participation can act as a method of writing a new story for Britain outside of our media bubbles.


13.00 - 14.00

The Hoe-ly Trinity

Performance devised

by Soft Pedal Collective

Studio 1

The Hoe-ly Trinity is a three-woman one-woman show featuring comedy, musical theatre and sometimes crying. A female-led experimental piece you won’t forget.


13.30 - 17.30

MA/MFA Collaborative Theatre Making & International Theatre Practice & Performance

Four devised pieces for Symposium


1 - Awaken

by Hannah Lippard

‘Awaken’ is an original fantasy play about dreams, communication, and being an outsider. Due to a magical technicality, Henriette, an Austrian teenager, meets Belle, a young (by immortal standards) nightmare fairy. They have two very different goals - finding a younger sibling and bringing a nightmare to life - but both their missions take them to England. Henriette and Belle team up for three days. Together, they navigate cultural and language barriers, challenge their concepts of what is real, and experience being seen and unseen in unfamiliar ways. But the world is larger than Henriette and Belle. Someone else is always a step ahead of them, and their goals might not be as compatible as they think.

2 - The List

by Rachael M.Caulton

Another name added.

The knife crime crisis in London dominates the headlines but why is it happening? What is being done?

Hear from the community themselves as this verbatim play puts young people’s voices in the spotlight to help unravel the myths and tell you the truth...

Suitable for Ages 16+. Currently a work in progress, for performance in Autumn 2019

3 - Parcel & Part

How much do you absorb of what’s around you? We are interested in igniting imaginations in respect to what happens in the space between. Overheard conversations, personal experiences and writing excerpts explore how we make sense of the pieces.

4 - SSHHH(ugar)!

by Burcu Alp Erdem

Welcome, livings!

Thank you for your interest in us!

We are grateful

And so happy!

To share our sss…



No don’t say “s” word again

Never again

People of Traklalalaland…

….we’re so




They had to fight in a war to protect their land and independence

To protect from Capitalists

who get black power from the



Be aware of them!


People of the Trak lalalaland

This time

Had changed the story …

14.00 - 17.00

Upcycling Workshop


Work together and transform a few pairs of socks into...

Upcycling workshop led by Level 4 Costume Production students.


14.15 - 15.15

Found Space & Site Specific Theatre

by David Evans



How to put on a show in a non-traditional space.

National Theatre Wales have been making work in locations that best suit the work. This might be a theatre, a beach, a train or a mountain. There are many different ways of making a show and reasons for deciding where to do it. David Evans will talk about National Theatre Wales’ varied work in non-traditional spaces and will also touch on other productions that he has worked on in Nigeria and with Glyndebourne and Opera North among others.

This is a ‘how to’ guide, touching on best practice, good ideas, bad ideas and highlighting things to consider when far away from the facilities that we take for granted in a traditional theatre space.


14.30 - 15.30


by Tristan Bernays

Adapted by Ally Ilsley

& Molly Walker

The Barn

Bethnal Green, London. 1956. Saturday night.

The story follows two teenagers, Teddy and Josie who are both rebellious followers of the post-war Teddy Boy culture. Whilst desperately chasing a good night out, they get to know each other through their love of rock’n’roll. However, they find themselves encountering many obstacles along the way and their night takes an unexpected turn.

Teddy is bursting with the energy of a live concert, with an on-stage live band (Big Wednesday) and the smooth tones of Harvey Badger, you won’t be able to stop your dancing feet.


14.45 - 15.45

Like Me

by Clare Noy

Short Film


Set in the present day, this is a light-hearted verbatim short film looking at love, validation and the different ways we search for it.

This film follows four individuals and how their interactions with love affect each other, their relationships and how they look at the world around them.


15.00 - 16.00

Fight of Your Life


Studio 2

What does it mean to be a man?

Does size really matter?

Does eating your veg really make you tall?

How does one ‘Man Up’?

Why are male suicide rates so high?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

(Almost) all of these will be answered and more.


15.30 – 16.30


By MA TYA Cohort


Studio 1

Tri-luminate is a performance exploring puppetry and object manipulation in relation to imaginative play. Its audiences have so far mainly been community based and in educational settings, but has also been widely received and enjoyed by people of all ages. Tri-luminate aims to create a calming atmosphere and is designed to be as inclusive as possible to all of its viewers.


16.00 - 17.00

And Others

Performance followed by

17.30 - 18.00 post show discussion

Graeae Theatre Company

The Rose Theatre

And Others brings to life the voices of women who fought for suffrage but whose stories have been lost to history. Woven together with the voices of D/deaf and disabled women living today, And Others celebrates the achievements of the past while being a rallying call to action to fight for a better tomorrow.

A new play curated by award-nominated writer Chloe Todd-Fordham, Stewart Pringle and Dr Susan Croft, And Others was developed in collaboration with the National Theatre to mark the 100th anniversary of some women obtaining the right to vote in Britain.

Directed by Jenny Sealey and performed by an all-female cast, this is a semi-staged rehearsed reading, which was originally performed as part of the NT’s Courage Everywhere season in November 2018. The performance will be BSL interpreted and captioned.“Bold, critical,

playful and crucial.” Exeunt.


16.30 - 17.30


by Chris Goode


The Cabin

Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far-right on the march. Culture wars and random violence – all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over…



17.30 - 18.30

Do You Understand?


Studio 2

How does changing language change the story? Does the story telling depend on translations? Can different languages give you the same experience?

It starts off with an overly-dramatic-mini-play that explains how we started speaking different languages and turns into an installation where we show you how our understanding of translated text depends on the translator’s understanding of the story and culture.

This performance reveals information about your experience reading and comparing materials that are translated by professionals vs our own bilingual students.


18.00 - 19.00

Let Me Go


Studio 1

Inspired by choreographers Hofesh Shechter and Pina Bausch this movement piece reflects to its audience the toxic society in which we live.

From frantic movement to slow duet contemporary dance, the story follows a man who tries to escape from the only society he knows as its hold on him becomes unbearable.


18.30 - 20.00

The Children’s Hour

by Lillian Hellman

Director: Steven Dykes


Sidcup Manor

For details please see

Monday’s programme.


19.00 - 20.00


by Nick Payne


Barn Theatre

Two people. One relationship.

Infinite possibilities.

When Marianne and Roland meet at a barbeque, a multiverse of potential outcomes unfolds. Each choice they make creates a series of branching paths; a series of vignettes showing the effects of free will and chance in our lives.


19.15 - 20.15

Type 1


The Cabin

She’s done it, she’s distracted me.

God. Mums are so smart!

We get into the doctor’s surgery,

we sit down and this is the start.

Type 1.

When Gracie is diagnosed with a lifelong disease, she begins to find the forces that keep her solar system balanced, fighting harder than ever.

A work in progress that involves live music, live storytelling and a whole lotta love.

And Others


19.30 - 20.30 performance followed by 20.30 - 21.00 post show discussion

Graeae Theatre Company

The Rose Theatre

See 16.00 for details.


20.00 - 22.30

SU Silent Disco

Bru Bar and Campus

Join your Student Union for the return of the Symposium Silent Disco as we celebrate the launch of Brufest 2019. Come along, grab your headphones and choose between our DJs for a night of music chosen by you. First come, first served with Limited Headphones. You won’t want to miss it.


20.00 - 22.00



College Grounds

Chimera is an exploration into immersive forms of media, in the form of a theatrical installation devised by the ensemble. The installation invites one guest at a time to experience our environment, leaving behind the comforts of the Rose Bruford campus, and stepping into the unfamiliar world of our campsite. We encourage our guests to delve into the depths of what is truly illusory and unattainable and how this may differ from our daily interactions and experiences.

(17 x 5min performances -

see website for details).

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