Performance
From cutting-edge theatre productions to inspiring contemporary dance performances, The House is host to a variety of acclaimed choreographers and multi-award winning shows open to the public, all year round. This state-of-the-art performing arts centre is located on the University of Plymouth campus, in the city's central quarter, adjacent to the The Box and The Levinsky Gallery.

The Arts Institute is committed to delivering a diverse programme of contemporary performance. Previously featured companies include Askash Odedra Company, Vincent Dance Theatre and National Youth Dance Company; as well as works devised by renowned choreographers including Didy Veldman, Stuart Waters and Hagit Yakira.

Upcoming performances

Far From The Norm - BLKDOG

Spring 2021 | The House

“fierce, pounding, unisex movement derived from hip-hop modes”
The Sunday Times

Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist. A genre defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.

With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.

Watch the trailer | Further details coming soon

Photography: Camilla Greenwell

Highlights from the archive

Jane Mason - Night Flying

12 March 2020 | The House

"Night Flying created some intriguing imagery and performance states, it invited its audience to become curious about this world and our relationship to it, to notice those small things, a smile, how things move, a moment of connection, but also the feeling of being part of something much larger than us and regaining a sense of wonder."
Ruth Way, Co-Director of Plymouth Conservatoire

Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Night Flying is a duet with longtime collaborator David Williams. Together they explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change and wonder.

Watch the trailer

Eden’s Cave Company - Forests

14 February 2020 | The House

Championing the interplay between movement, song, cultural heritage and symbolic imagery, Forests places both performer and audience at the centre of the urgent question of how we relate to the natural world.

Frith is sick, she can’t stop drawing pictures of forests, and there’s the strange figure she sees in the mirror. But when Tura, her husband, begins searching for a cure, a chain of interwoven events unfolds, plunging the figures on a voyage that reaches into the mythic heartland of our woods and the wildernesses that live there.

Created in 2016, Eden’s Cave Theatre Company is a laboratory theatre, based in the Forest of Dean, that develops work and teaching over extended periods to bridge connections between theatre, community and the natural world. Find out more.

Traverse Youth Dance Platform

Passionate about bringing dancers of all stages in their training together to make a truly aspirational programme of live performance, in partnership with University of Plymouth, Exim Dance Company invite youth companies from a range of backgrounds to present their work in a professional environment.

This annual event aims to celebrate the skill and creativity of young dancers across Plymouth, Exeter and Cornwall and is an exciting opportunity to perform at the University’s state-of-the-art theatre, The House.

Find out more.

Plymouth Conservatoire 

University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to create Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.  

It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer, when a theatre and a university combine.

Creative edge

Enjoying training in the theatre with performing arts practitioners hand-in-hand with top quality teaching from higher education specialists in a university, Plymouth Conservatoire students get the best of both worlds.

It is this winning combination that drives innovation, the exchange of ideas and best practice and that helps students to gain that all-important creative edge.


The House, University of Plymouth

The House

The University of Plymouth committed £7 million to building The House, a purpose built theatre on campus – and now the teaching home to Plymouth Conservatoire. 

A state-of-the art building, this award winning facility is a fully-accessible building with a 200-seater auditorium, a studio theatre and rehearsal spaces.

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Word is...

  • . "Raw energy, fury, vigour, passion. You can feel the energy of a whole community of people" Barbican Theatre (on The Aakash Odedra Company)
  • . "Veldman sure knows how to pick all the right ingredients for a dance show" Dance Tabs (on The Knot)
  • . "A gently fascinating interactive world...it's funny, too" Time Out (on Beowulf)
  • . "One of the brightest companies in British Dance" The Times (on Anjali Dance Company)