BA Drama and English
Students undertaking Drama and English at Queen’s explore theatre, performance, literature and language in the widest possible sense: from ancient Greece to Renaissance England; the Irish Literary Revival to Postmodern America; from the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and ‘global’ literatures.
Drama Studies at Queen’s builds on the remarkable heritage of Drama in Northern Ireland, as represented by its internationally acclaimed playwrights.
- Queen's University Belfast is committed to providing a range of international opportunities to its students during their degree programme.
- Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in Year 3. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity. Drama at Queen’s has unparalleled links with the local theatre sector and collaborates extensively with leading arts organisations and theatre companies, such as the Lyric Theatre, Prime Cut Productions, Kabosh, Tinderbox and Bruiser theatre companies as well as Belfast Festival and the Linen Hall Library, all of whom have helped us develop a vital professional practice dimension as part of our overall provision.
World Class Facilities
- Our main teaching space, the Brian Friel Theatre (www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk), is one of the best-equipped theatres in Belfast with a 120-seat studio theatre, rehearsal room, dressing rooms, green room and workshop, housed in the Drama and Film Centre which also comprises the Queen’s Film Theatre.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Our staff expertise encompasses both professional and scholarly aspects of Drama and English, with many of our team working at the cutting edge of research in their disciplines. Our Chair of Drama, Professor Richard Schoch, is a leading scholar of Shakespeare with a long-standing research collaboration with the Folger Library. Richard has won various awards including the 2013 Oscar Brockett Essay Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and his books have been shortlisted for the Barnard Hewitt Award (ASTR) and the Theatre Book Prize (Society for Theatre Research, UK).
- From Personal Tutors to peer mentoring, we work closely with students to ensure they are supported at every stage of their degree.
- Extracurricular performance opportunities are offered by the Tyrone Guthrie Society and the student Drama Society, which have taken productions to student festivals in Ireland and the UK. Productions have also been taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to festivals in Belgium and Italy.