Performers dancing during a production of Honk

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 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 Centre for Performing Arts presents a glittering musical production each year. The most recent performance was The Witches of Eastwick in March 2016. Past successes include Fame, Hot Mikado, Jekyll and Hyde, The Wedding Singer, Our House, Titanic the Musical, Honk!, Soho Cinders and The Secret Garden.

2017 musical – Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors will offer opportunities for actors, singers, dancers and technical crew. Contact Ian Henderson to register your interest on +44 (0)117 32 81388 or

If you would like to join the technical crew, please see separate drop-down for backstage and technical opportunities.

Dates for your diary

  • Information meeting – Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 19:00 in room 2B025.
  • Teaching session – Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 19:00 in room 2E27.
  • Company auditions – Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 19:00 in room 2E27.
  • Principal auditions – Sunday 30 October 2016 (from 11:00) in CPA room REH01.
  • Initial sing one and measuring – Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 19:00 in room 2E27.
  • Initial sing two – Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 19:00 in room 2E27.
  • Read through – Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 19:00 in room 2E27.
  • Full rehearsal schedule starts from Sunday 8 January 2017.

Performance dates and tickets

Performances will be held from Wednesday 8 March 2017 to Saturday 11 March 2017 (Saturday Matinee at 14:30) at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton, Bristol.

Tickets are now available and cost £14 each. See how to buy your ticket.

Audition resources

Please read the audition instructions carefully before accessing the documents below.

Company audition: Company audition lyric sheet (accompanied by audio).

Principal audition: Principal audition script

Git it (accompanied by audio).

Grow for me (accompanied by audio).

Somewhere that's green (accompanied by audio).

Audio audition materials are available via SoundCloud and relate to the audition resources above.

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 by calling +44 (0)117 32 81388 or emailing

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

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 the UWE Dance web pages. 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 at the weekly rehearsal schedule.

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