TAP OUT Festival is a three week long festival by the graduating students of Goldsmiths University of London's Drama & Theatre Arts students.
Welcome to the TaP Out Festival, a three-week programme of diverse, innovative and timely performance work by our 2019 cohort of BA Drama and Theatre Arts degree finalists. As in previous years, we are very proud to present a Festival of new work that includes devised performance, Live Art, installation, new writing and solo performance; each project is a result of a critically informed, research-led performance making process undertaken by our talented and dedicated students.
TaP Out Festival is a finale of Theatre Making 3 Projects, a practice-based module which focuses on the acquisition and development of performance making skills and the application of those acquired skills to the creation of a performed event. Through workshops, supervision, independent practice and peer support, students have identified the focus of their performance projects and the performance making approaches, strategies, tools and techniques required in completing them. As such, it represents the culmination of the performance projects students have worked on during the BA programme and allows students to take full responsibility for the selection/generation of material to be worked on, the nature of the process, and the delivery of projects through a chosen mode of performance.
Students have been responsible for programming, publicising, organising, coordinating and managing the Festival, and they provide invaluable support to their peers for the duration of the Festival as technical operators, stage hands and front-of-house assistants. It is evident that the skills they have gained in performance making and event organisation have been greatly enhanced through this process, but it is also notable that students can be confident in having acquired a whole host of transferable competences, including team work and communication skills, being able to set and reach targets, manage resources, and an aptitude to be adaptable, flexible and empathetic.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I congratulate each student for their excellent work at this Festival, their individual achievements on the entire degree and their contribution to making the Department a centre of cutting-edge performance work over the last three years. It is with a great sense of pride - and a whole lot of sadness - that we bid farewell to this cohort of very creative and critically engaged makers and thinkers who have a bright future ahead of them.
I would also like to use this opportunity to extend my thanks to the staff team on Theatre Making 3, for they have inspired, challenged, supported, questioned, guided and facilitated the students’ learning on this module and this public Festival event.
We hope you, the audience, enjoy the work!
Professor Osita Okagbue
Head of Department
Department of Theatre and Performance