Performing Arts Society

Our annual Production of Chicago has now been cast, however, we have plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved in. See the information below...

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Why Join Us?

1) You’ll have the chance to be part of; a fully staged musical production in a professional venue, smaller-scale plays and productions, a variety of workshops and share your talents in 3 showcases.

2) You’ll learn new skills and gain confidence through being a part of the productions, showcases and workshops that are run throughout the year.

3) You’ll make new friends and be part of our big PARTS family

Who are we and what do we do?

The award-winning Performing Arts Society (PARTS for short!) has been part of the Student Union at Bournemouth University for over 18 years. 
The society provides the chance for students from all courses, at both Bournemouth University & Arts University Bournemouth, to come together and share their talents in a variety of areas (including musical theatre, drama, dance, singing, costume, backstage management, tech, hair and make-up, comedy and improv). PARTS has been one of the Student Union's 5* societies for the past four years and has won SUBU’s Event of the Year award for Grease (2014), American Idiot (2017) and most recently Half a Sixpence (2019). We have also been the winners of the Community Impact Award (2019) and were runners up in the National Society Awards for Best Student-Led event in 2016.

This year, PARTS put on a 6-show production of Half a Sixpence at the Shelley Theatre. The show was a huge success and our cast and backstage team had an amazing time rehearsing and preparing for the show. We also worked alongside students and members with the production of the play ‘A Murder At’, which was the winner of Best Project at the Bournemouth University Project Management Institute Exhibition Day. 

Each year the society stages a full-scale musical production in the Spring term and we also host three showcases each academic year, allowing all our members of the society to show off their hidden talents. We also love providing workshops for members to increase their skill set and help them gain confidence in a variety of area. And PARTS isn’t just for performers, we have opportunities for students interested in tech, hair, makeup, costuming and more!

Key Events

We are excited to announce our production for Spring 2020 will be Chicago!

Winter Showcase; Spring Showcase; Summer Showcase

When and Where?

Rehearsals for our annual production of Chicago will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings weekly (including some Sundays closer to show week), with various social events, showcases and workshops at varying times throughout the year. There are plenty of performing and non-performing opportunities even if you aren't in the production!

Meet the Committee for 2019/20

President:   Sam Orbell

Communications:   Isabella Darke

Treasurer:   Olivia Hall

Health & Safety:   Caitlin MacLeod

Equipment & Events:   James Sholl

Meet the Production Team of Chicago for 2019/20

Producer: Matt Adams

Director: Nicolas Lamy

Assistant Director and Musical Director: Lou Whalley

Choreographer: Ella Murray

Production Manager: Caitlyn Keaney

Stage Manager: Flora Davies

Deputy Stage Manager: Arthur Fleetham


Society Patron: Nick Welch OBE

Charity of the Year 2019/20: Mind



  • PARTS Quiz Night and Raffle Fundraiser Thu 26 Mar 2020 - General£3.00