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Warwick Arts Centre

If you have a passion for the arts, Warwick is the perfect place to get in on the act or relax and enjoy the show. With one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK on our campus, it’s hardly surprising that creative arts flourish at Warwick. Warwick Arts Centre houses two theatres, a concert hall – which recently underwent a £7m makeover and can seat up to 1,850 people – a cinema and an art gallery. As well as attracting the best national and international theatre, comedy, dance and music acts, Warwick Arts Centre offers you unique opportunities to perform in professional venues.

In the spotlight

Warwick University Drama Society, Music Theatre Warwick and Opera Warwick are just some of the student-run societies that perform at the Arts Centre every year. Recent student productions have included Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Richard III and Look Back in Anger. There are also chances to help backstage, direct or even write your own original piece of drama.

The annual Warwick Student Arts Festival, held in the summer term, is the biggest student arts festival in the UK. It celebrates film, literature, theatre, visual arts and dance, allowing you to showcase your own talents or just take in the atmosphere at one of the many free events, which include concerts, comedy shows and workshops.

It’s not just here on campus that you could be showcasing your talents. In 2015, members of the Bollywood Dance Society were invited for the first time this year to perform at the Battle of Bollywood, an inter-university dance competition held at the O2, London. And Warwick students frequently take their productions to events such as Edinburgh Festival. You can even apply for a student performance bursary from IATL to help you get your show on the road.

Hitting the right note

If you’re interested in taking up or continuing a musical instrument, Warwick’s Music Centre – also in the Arts Centre – offers plenty of scope to hone your skills, whatever your playing standard. The Music Centre provides subsidised music tuition for Warwick students from professional instrumental and vocal teachers, as well as a number of undergraduate instrumental and choral scholarships.

Over 500 students belong to at least one of Warwick’s many ensembles, which include the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, 250-voice Chorus, Rock Gospel Choir, Brass Band and Big Band. Or the Band Soc can support you to set up your own band, whether you’re already making music or looking to get started, so there will always be someone to jam with. It embraces all genres of music – folk, funk, rock, punk, jazz, blues, metal or latin – and hosts an annual Battle of the Bands, the winners of which take centre stage at the SU Summer Party.

Classics play! Rehearsals have begun and they are intense every day we have been rehearsing, learning lines, blocking out the scenes, it all seems so real! The play is Lysistrata, and it's actually hilarious. Being involved in the play just allows you to form new friendships and strengthen current ones. It's a great project to be working on since you will get to perform in the Warwick Arts Centre in front of the public and 6th formers. Never done something like this before, and I'm glad I have! Read more.

Jivan Kandola, Classics and Ancient History student and blogger

A world of opportunities

Our student arts societies represent music, dance and drama styles from around the world, including belly dancing, Bhangra and Oriental performance. This means that you can learn about another culture in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Many of these societies contribute to One World Week, an annual event that celebrates our multicultural student community through parades, performances, debates and presentations.

Inspirational artwork

Wherever you are on campus, you’re never far away from a piece of original artwork. As well as the contemporary pieces on display in Warwick Art Centre’s Mead Gallery, you will also find over 800 paintings, prints and sculptures by some of the most exciting artists of the last 50 years dotted across campus.

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This year, I'm on the committee for Codpiece Theatre society as Co Productions Manager... It's a really fun role because you get to hear about lots of exciting projects, help other theatre-crazy students realise their ideas. On top of this it looks quite good on your CV in terms of what kind of skills you gain from it, like learning to produce shows and managing teams. Read more.

Lottie Titcombe, Modern Languages and Cultures student and blogger

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