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    OK so am in a bit of a pickle about deciding which uni to go to. I'm stuck between Leeds and Royal Holloway and have got an offer for english lit and drama at both.

    Can anyone tell me what the drama is like at Leeds? I just want to know everything about it, especially what prospects I'd have for the future seeing as thats the field I want to go into. Any info on drama societies, theatres, visiting theatre companies and so on would be great! And be honest

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    There is quite a lot of theatre in Leeds, and the drama department was recently moved onto campus so the facilities are pretty good. The big theatre societies are Theatre Group, Stage Musicals Society and Musical Theatre society. You should look them up, and maybe have a look on the Union website as all info about societies there. The students who get involved are a mix of drama and non-drama students. Plays from Leeds regularly make it into the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).

    Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by LucieT)
    OK so am in a bit of a pickle about deciding which uni to go to. I'm stuck between Leeds and Royal Holloway and have got an offer for english lit and drama at both.

    Can anyone tell me what the drama is like at Leeds? I just want to know everything about it, especially what prospects I'd have for the future seeing as thats the field I want to go into. Any info on drama societies, theatres, visiting theatre companies and so on would be great! And be honest

    Thank youuu!!
    I'm in my final year of the English Lit and Theatre course at Leeds, which I presume is the one you have an offer for. Probably the first thing to say is that this is a single honours course based entirely within the School of English. So it isn't at all like taking half English half drama - the Performance department where single honours Theatre and Performance degree is based is entirely separate from us. To give you an idea of what the course content is like, in your first year you will take 2x core English modules (prose and poetry), one core theatre module split into 4 units, plus elective modules from either the School of English or elsewhere. In your second and third years, you'll take 2x core English, 2x core theatre and 2x theatre or English option modules. If you were a straight Eng lit and lang student, you'd take 4x core English modules plus 2 theatre or English options, if that helps show you the difference. There is no such thing as a joint honours English and drama degree at Leeds - the drama degrees are based in another department. The Workshop Theatre, where all the theatre modules are based, is simply another branch of the School of English, and not a drama department in its own right. You may know this already, but it is confusing and a lot of people think it's a joint degree.

    The theatre modules you take will all be based inside a small converted Church with various studio spaces. There are five members of specialist theatre studies staff based here, each with unique specialisms. One of them will act as your personal tutor and the Workshop Theatre is like the base for all the EnT students - there's only around 60 of us over the three levels, so its great because you get to know all staff and other students pretty well. Practitioners from theatre companies and other unis come in and give workshops, and you'll be expected to see a lot of theatre in and around Leeds. You'll find it really easy to make friends and you'll get close to people quickly which is massive advantage.

    The theatre modules are all great and extremely varied, especially in first year which is kind of like a taster to the academic study of theatre. You'll study lots of plays, including one in depth, analyse approaches to theatre and performance, and the final unit will consist of you making your own 20 minute performance or workshop in groups, which can be on anything!

    In the second and third years you'll be looking at things like theatre and ethics and issues in contemporary theatre, but you'll also get to do some practical work, including another module where you put together a performance based on either a play, a particular genre or theatre practitioner. For example, we were split into groups and put together a really unique performance of Titus Andronicus, each group focusing on a different section of the text, which involved studying the play in great depth, including historical context. Basically, each group was allocated a different quarter of the play and had to decide how to stage and rework it, then we put all the sections together and performed them altogether - 4 very different visions of one play, in one performance! You'll also get to do your own 20 minute piece at the end of third year, which is called a 'practical essay' - you can make your own piece of theatre based on absolutely anything, but it has to have academic grounding and influence from other art forms and literatures.

    You might want to consider what it is you want from your English and Theatre/Drama degree. Although we do some practical work, like I've outlined above, you are not assessed on your acting skills. It is your theatre making skills which are developed and assessed, in addition to writing essays about performances, plays, practitioners and issues concerning theatre, in addition to your English literature modules. Everyone I know on the course wants to do different things - directing, acting, writing, working in drama therapy, joining/creating theatre companies, arts management, plus other things not related to drama at all. It's a really great academic grounding for any theatre or English related ambitions. However, it's not an acting course, emphasised by the fact it's called English and Theatre, not English and drama.

    Extra curricular wise, there are tonnes of performance societies which cover pretty much everything - performing, teching, directing, devising, writing plays - you name it, we do it - is covered by Theatre Group (I'm on the exec for it), Open Thetare soc have just started up and they do stuff for charity and a bit of everything really, plus 2 musical theatre societies.

    I don't know anything about Royal Holloway, but I absolutely love this course!Anything more specific I can help you with, just ask.
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    Thank you so much that has helped enormously! It all sounds great
 
 
 
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