CPA musical performers

Theatre, stage and dance opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities at UWE Bristol for you to explore your dramatic side or get involved behind the scenes.

Drama productions

In collaboration with the University's Department of Drama, the Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) occasionally offers the opportunity to be involved in drama workshops and productions throughout the year.

The Students' Union at UWE Bristol has a flourishing Drama Society. For more details about their activities email


The CPA presents a glittering musical production each year. The most recent performance was Little Shop of Horrors in March 2017. Past successes include Fame, Hot Mikado, Jekyll and Hyde, The Wedding Singer, Our House, Titanic the Musical, Honk!, Soho Cinders, The Secret Garden and The Witches of Eastwick.

2018 musical - Zorro

Zorro will offer opportunities for actors, singers, dancers and technical crew, so register your interest with Ian Henderson now – see below. If you are interested in joining the technical crew, please see below for backstage and technical opportunities.

Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 27 September 2017 – Information meeting in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Wednesday 11 October 2017 – Teaching session in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Company auditions in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Sunday 29 October 2017 – Principal auditions in CPA REH01 Frenchay Campus from 11:00
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017 – Initial Sing 1 and measuring session in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Wednesday 22 November 2017 – Initial Sing 2 in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Wednesday 29 November 2017 – Read through in 2E27 Frenchay Campus at 19:00
  • Sunday 7 January 2018 – Rehearsals begin in 2E27 Frenchay Campus

Performance dates

Performances will be held from Wednesday 7 March 2018 to Saturday 10 March 2018 (Saturday Matinee at 14:30) at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton, Bristol.

Tickets are now  available from the  Redgrave Theatre Box Office.

Audition resources

Audition resources are now available – please read the audition instructions carefully.

Get involved in the UWE Bristol musical

If you want to get involved and would like to be added to the mailing list for next year’s exciting project, please contact Ian Henderson via telephone +44 (0)117 32 81388 or email

Backstage and technical crew

Are you interested in the technical side of theatre? Then come and join our excellent backstage crew. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills, particularly if you are interested in working in the theatre in the future.

Don't worry if you don't have experience – just come along to our weekly meetings in the CPA workshop on Wednesday afternoons from 14:30 to 16:30. We have an exciting programme planned for the term that will include lighting, sound, stage management, equipment maintenance and health and safety in the theatre.

Other meetings and work sessions depend on commitments to forthcoming events. These include the musical, concerts and set-building for drama productions. Typically, work sessions are one afternoon per week and Saturday/Sunday daytimes.

For more information (and a map if you need directions) please email or the Centre for Performing Arts at

You can see the time-lapse set build for the 2016 musical The Witches of Eastwick by watching our film on YouTube.

Dance classes

Love to dance? Or never danced before? UWE Dance welcomes everyone and is a vibrant and growing society with lots to offer. Weekly classes are held in the Centre of Performing Arts building in a variety of styles and for all abilities, whether you want to improve your technique or learn a few moves for the dance floor. UWE Dance also runs social and special events, and looks forward to welcoming you to its classes.

For more information, please visit UWE Dance. Jazz and tap classes are offered through the UWE Bristol Centre for Sport for beginners to experienced dancers.

Dancers are also needed for the CPA's annual musical.

For more information, please contact Ian Henderson on +44(0)117 32 81388 or by emailing

CPA rehearsal schedule

Take a look at the weekly rehearsal schedule.

Back to top