Mark Padbury

English Literature and Drama

Mark Padbury

The Drama side of my joint honours BA offers a wide variation of genres, texts, study forms and outlets

Having come to Brookes aiming to eventually teach Drama and English at secondary level I find I am really enjoying the course, the university and the people in it. The Drama side of my joint honours BA offers a wide variation of genres, texts, study forms and outlets.

My tutors are all fantastic and the students all get on well; we enjoy what we do. I have learnt about different historical dramatic periods, how works were staged, acting methods, and about how space is employed on stage.I have found of particular interest the links between texts and the periods in which they were written, how writers tried to illustrate or comment on life in their times, sometimes for political reasons or sometimes just to “entertain”.

I have also been able to perform in groups and have particularly enjoyed the workshops organised with professional theatre groups from outside the university. Alongside my English modules the Drama based ones are well balanced and relevant and I am confident the subjects I have chosen for years two and three will stand me in good stead when I step up for a PGCE in 2013. Thank you Brookes!