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School of English and Drama

About the Department

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Our Department of Drama has a long-standing commitment to social justice and human rights. We define performance expansively and investigate how it can be used in different settings – theatres, art galleries and museums, schools, prisons, clubs, and the street – in the UK and internationally. Our research, teaching, and public engagement reflects our commitment to new and marginalised texts, practices, voices, and communities.

Our students work with academic staff and professional theatre makers who have expertise across a wide range of drama, theatre, and performance – contemporary experimental performance and live art, British and European drama and theatre, the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries – as well as all kinds of intersections between performance and philosophy, city life, political activism, film, visual art, and more.

We offer single and joint honours BA programmes, and postgraduate degrees at Masters and PhD level. All our students combine academic study with practical theatre making, taking advantage of our two purpose-built studio theatres, and three dedicated rehearsal rooms. Students also take advantage of our extensive professional connections in one of the world’s great theatre cities to develop their skills and experience in work placements.