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What makes Touring Theatre at Worcester special?

This four-year course allows you to enter at undergraduate level but graduate with a masters-level award in Touring Theatre. Meaning you'll stand out in the competitive theatre industry.

You'll get hands-on experience of touring theatre and develop the related business, financial and marketing skills to be successful in this career. 



Key features

  • 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020
  • You'll gain all the skills and understanding you need to set up your own touring theatre company, or establish yourself as a solo practitioner/performer, with a body of work ready to take on tour at the end of the course
  • You'll make exciting and high quality performance work for a range of venues, organisations, communities, festivals and events throughout the four years
  • The course has been planned and will be delivered in collaboration with theatres, venues, touring networks, companies, directors and producers throughout the West Midlands region. Throughout the course you will be encouraged and assisted in developing professional networks that will help you in your career

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This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020)

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

We also welcome mature students, for whom there is a negotiated acknowledgement of relevant prior experience as equivalent to qualifications.

Acceptance on the course will be dependent on an interview and audition process in which we will be looking for student's creative ability, commitment, adaptability and collaborative skills alongside performance skills.

This course is offered as a Single Honours only course. It may be possible to transfer into this course at the end of the first or second year from the BA Drama & Performance, or from other Drama courses at other Universities, subject to discussion and audition process. However, it is not possible to join the course for the final (fourth year) only.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Devising and Physical Theatre
  • Plays in Context
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Acting Skills 


Year 2


  • Programming Touring Theatre
  • Directed Public Performance: Process, Production & Performance


  • Applied Theatre in a Range of Community Contexts
  • Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
  • Devising and Adaptation
  • Theatre and Digital Media
  • Music Theatre
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives and History
  • Directors and Directing
  • Physical Theatre
  • Optional language modules 

Year 3


  • Festival Performance: Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Touring Theatre to Schools and Colleges


  • Site-Specific Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre & Learning Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Work Placement
  • Writing for Performance
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre & Education
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Dance Styles & Techniques

Year 4


  • Festival Performance: Production & Review
  • Community Project
  • Performance Lecture
  • Independent Touring Project
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, seminars and productions. There is a strong emphasis on 'real world' experience, so productions will tour to theatre venues and festivals. Students will engage with every aspect of theatre practice from acting to marketing, from devising a show to designing sets, lighting, video and sound.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to take an original production to a high profile festival such as Edinburgh, in the summer between your 3rd and 4th year.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of practical, creative work
  • 1 hour of lecture or group seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve group work and rehearsal, independent research, study and development of ideas and practices.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional theatre-makers, writers, designers and producers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a number of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include productions (both performance and other non-performance tasks e.g. technical/scenographic/stage management); the creation of tour and marketing packs for productions, completion of funding applications; blogs and research presentations into the landscape of contemporary touring theatre.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
60% Individual or group performance
40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 2
Example 1: 100% Group Production
Example 2: 60% practical /40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 3
Example 1: 100% Group Production (including non-performance tasks such as marketing, technical design, education packs)
Example 2: 60% Small group practical/40% research presentation

Year 4
100% Group Production (including marketing, technical design etc)


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?

This course involves extensive real world experience of researching, preparing, producing, promoting and performing in a number of touring theatre projects in a variety of professional and community venues.

You'll be equipped with all the skills necessary (including administration, organisational, technical, financial, marketing, tour booking, outreach, workshop facilitation as well as performance skills) to launch yourself into a career as a touring theatre company or solo practitioner.

Ildiko Rippel

Dr Ildikó Rippel

Ildikó is a performer, writer and lecturer. She is co-founder and artistic director of Anglo-German performance company Zoo Indigo, devising autobiographical performance that engages with social and political themes of gender, cultural identity, displacement and migration. The company has an established reputation for creating innovative interdisciplinary theatre, blending bilingual text, movement and multimedia. Zoo Indigo’s work combines dark humour, song and multimedia in a postmodern and kaleidoscopic approach, producing politically charged performances. 

Ildikó has recently completed a Practice as Research PhD at Lancaster University, examining maternal performance and the presence of family members in contemporary theatre. Her current practice research with Zoo Indigo investigates multilingualism and dramaturgies of migration

Ildikó previously worked as a lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester (Drama and Performing Arts) and at Nottingham Trent University International College (Art and Design), and as an elf in a Santa's Grotto.

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Eliza Wills-Crisp

Eliza is an award-winning performer, theatre maker and lecturer. She trained for 2 years at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She studied clowning with Jos Houben (Compliicite) and Angela De Castro (Slava Snowshow)

Eliza is Co-Artistic Director for Jammy Voo Theatre, whose work is an alchemy of ensemble theatre, puppetry and live music blended to create contemporary works of theatre. Founded in 2006 Jammy Voo  are an international, critically acclaimed all female company of four. They create original work with a strong visual aesthetic, drawing on puppetry, physical theatre, music and influences of clowning.  Eliza is committed to making ground-breaking work that inspires, moves and entertains.

She was a performer and puppeteer as part of the Moving Words collaboration at the Soho Theatre, and worked as a voice over artist for the BBC.


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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