LSBU celebrates ten years of Drama and Performance
06 July 2015
South Bank University (LSBU) recently marked the ten year anniversary of its BA
(Hons) Drama and Performance course with a special reunion for staff and
students in the Edric Theatre – LSBU's dedicated theatre
Foster, Drama and Performance Course Director, welcomed back former staff and drama
alumni from across the years, and recounted the programme's growth from modest
beginnings to this year's Final Degree Show, which presented innovative
performances of over 40 students in contemporary theatrical surroundings. Alumni also shared their experiences since
graduating, with a video montage of their performances as students providing a
nostalgic backdrop to the celebration.
Professor Janet Jones, Dean of LSBU's School of Arts
and Creative Industries, paid tribute to the range of careers secured by the
graduates: "Thanks to LSBU's inventive approach to performance culture, our
alumni now include performers, actors, artists and even a dentist. It proves
that graduate destinations for drama students are gloriously diverse."
The dentist in question, Laura Gamble, spoke to the LSBU Alumni Association
about her curious pathway since graduating in 2009: "It's wonderful to be back
at LSBU to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Drama programme. I'm still
involved in theatrical performance, and in my professional life I use many of
the skills I learned on the course, particularly when dealing with a range of patients."
Robyn Bunyan graduated in 2010 and is now Education Officer at
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. She was grateful for the opportunity to
reconnect with her classmates and academic tutors: "It was so nice to see what all the alumni have been up to. I love my job engaging young people to get involved in
the arts and the Drama teaching staff at LSBU really pushed me in the right direction."
Following the event, Drama and Performance alumni have offered to use their professional
experience by mentoring LSBU's current drama students, to inspire them towards success and enhance their insight into the creative industry through
work and employment opportunities.