Literature and Performance combines elements of literary analysis with an exploration of the way they can be represented or transformed through the language of theatre. Students discuss the meaning, form and style of works of fiction but, at the same time, explore their imaginative impact through creative work on a performance stage.

Looking back on it now, I can't help but think that the course has been the most rewarding educational choice that I have ever made and I am so glad I did it.

Jake Spence (OS 2013)

This is an interdisciplinary course that brings together thinking and practices associated with Language A (native language) courses and Arts courses. Students explore a range of works from different genres and in different ways. One of their examination papers, for example, asks for analysis of a particular section from a prose work they have studied, as well as an assessment of how that section could be made meaningful in a performance space.

Internal Assessment marks are awarded for a group transformative project in which analysis of a collection of short stories is used as the starting point for the development of a short piece of performed theatre.

More familiar practice, involving the analysis of poetry and prose, also takes place and students very much enjoy the exploration of literary works in various kinds of formal and creative ways. Indeed, the application of personal skills in communication, working with others, developing confidence and imaginative thinking are very much at the forefront of the way the course is taught as well as the way in which students learn.

Literature and Performance is neither exclusively about literary fiction nor about theatre, but about the imaginative space between the two, and students do not need any previous experience of drama other than a level of interest.

Head of Department: Mr Mark