Department of English and Modern Languages

  • EML Drama Performance
  • Performance

    Throughout your degree you will have many opportunities to perform, both in and out of university. Aside from practical sessions during your lectures, each double module includes a large performance assessment, allowing you to explore any one of the plays studied in greater depth. As part the Final Production module in your final year, you will be able to pitch a play of your choice to your classmates and work as a group to deliver your interpretation of the piece.

    Oxford is buzzing with opportunities for students eager to get involved with performance, and the city has an established and lively theatre scene. Here are just some of the ways in which our students can engage with drama and performance outside of the classroom:

    Re:Conception Theatre

    Re:Conception Theatre are a local, in-house theatre company, with director Russell Anderson also working alongside students daily as our Drama Technician. Last year Re:Conception and a group of Oxford Brookes students took an original piece, The Mindspace, to the Edinburgh Fringe festival to fantastic reviews. Re:Conception has also been hired to devise a piece for the Byline Festival, and have been working with several Brookes Alumni. 

    Don’t Hate the Players

    Don’t Hate the Players is an Oxford-based theatre company started with the intention of both finding and creating work for local actors. They have regularly recruited Oxford Brookes students for a many of their performances, offering paid acting work, support and training.

    Previous performances have included The Taming of the Shrew, Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet, across a variety of venues in Oxford including Oxford Castle.

    More information can be found on the Don’t Hate the Players Facebook page.

    Stones Theatre Company

    Founded in 2015 by two Brookes students, Olivia Stone and Rachel Head, Stones Theatre Company is already making a name for itself in Oxford.  They held the exclusive rights to the play that became their first performance,  Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and donated 75% of profits to the Terrence Higgins Trust. Their most recent performance was Patrick Marber’s Closer, which had both an Oxford and London run. Stones Theatre have consistently cast from within the Oxford Brookes student population and present a unique opportunity to perform in unique and challenging theatre.

    Small Fry Productions

    Formed by Jonny Pert in his second year on the Drama course at Oxford Brookes, Small Fry Productions is a film company designed to give a voice to the strange. Small Fry are dedicated to creating quirky,  surreal films, highlighting the dark side of our minds, society and the modern world. Their first film, Premortem, a short feature documenting a man’s slow descent into madness, was selected for a number of film festivals including Venice Film Week,  Miami Independent Film Festival, and Los Angeles Cinefest. Their latest project, A Minute of Madness, is a series of  minute-long shorts revolving around themes including body image and the grind of adult life. A Minute of Madness is currently in post-production.

    To say that Brookes has helped in making Small Fry a reality would be a wild understatement. Whether it be through the group of talented students, staff and wider contacts that I met there and still work with today, or the access to facilities and opportunities I was able to utilize in the creation of our films, Brookes has laid down the foundation upon which Small Fry Productions stands.

    Jonny Pert, Oxford Brookes alumnus and founder of Small Fry Productions Watch Small Fry’s Youtube channel