Taught course

Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts

Goldsmiths, University of London · Theatre and Performance

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Together we explore the ways in which theatre and performance is created by diverse groups of people in a variety of community, social and educational settings: from schools to the streets, children's homes to elders' homes, conflict zones to conferences, crèches to youth clubs, pupil referral units to prisons, women's refuges to refugee centres, hospitals to hostels, beneath trees and inside temples, from libraries to lakes, in museums and on top of mountains - anywhere groups of people meet and interact.

'Applied theatre' is a relatively recent umbrella term for a range of exciting worldwide performance forms concerned with personal and social change. The term embraces theatre of the oppressed; community theatre; dilemma plays; theatre-in-education; theatre for development; prison theatre; applied puppetry; intercultural arts; intergenerational arts; theatre in museums, archives and heritage sites; story-telling; reminiscence theatre and conflict resolution.

Our programme addresses the historical, political, theoretical and ethical issues of these forms and develops students' ability to contextualise; critique and create. Through the MA, we prepare students to work as self-reflective, collaborative, politically engaged and culturally aware artist practitioners in the field. The programme also provides space and time for more established practitioners to think back, reflect, refresh and develop a dynamic new repertoire of skills.

The MA considers case studies from the vibrant community local to Goldsmiths and from across the globe. Central to this investigation are questions of identity; representation; discrimination; health; equality; human rights; opportunity; access; social inclusion/exclusion; participation; ethics; evaluation and documentation of this inherently interdisciplinary field.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Fees and funding

AHRC. Goldsmiths currently offers a range of scholarships including Humanitarian Scholarships for prospective Masters students from Palestine.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment95

Course contact details

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