Taught course

Physical Theatre (International Ensemble)

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

An appropriate academic background and/or relevant practical experience is needed to apply for this course. The normal minimum entry requirement for the course is either: 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. Appropriate and substantial professional training, acting, directing or performing experience combined with evidence of capacity to study at MA level. Adequate proficiency in English.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in 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.

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.

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

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. With a focus on physicality, expression, images and illusion, it is populist, humanist and anti-elitist.

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Kasia Zaremba-Byrne (Programme Director)
020 8240 4299