Amy Collins

Drama and English Literature

Amy Collins

I enhanced my passion for drama at a Musical Theatre school during my A-Levels, and the choice to be able to combine it with English Literature made choosing Oxford Brookes an easy one

I enhanced my passion for drama at a Musical Theatre school during my A-Levels, and the choice to be able to combine it with English Literature made choosing Oxford Brookes an easy one.

I enjoy the performing aspect, and the technical side of Drama, which was explored in my first year. The range of plays studied is particularly interesting, exploring how Drama has changed from the Shakespearean period right through to the present day. Everyone on my course is dedicated to everything we do, especially if this involves working in a group.

The staff are very helpful, and always urge us to come to them with any queries we have about the course. All Drama tutors are enthusiastic about the modules covered, which helps inspire you to become interested and involve yourself in class discussion.

At Brookes there are loads of opportunities to perform. The department has good connections with The Goat and Monkey Theatre Company and the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, who both give great workshops and career advice. I’m also part of the dance society, which I really enjoy! It helps me when it comes to Drama also as it makes you more aware of how you move, which is essential for performance.

Oxford is really great place to study English Literature and Drama. Places like the Oxford Playhouse and New Theatre, in the centre of town, offer some great theatrical works to watch. There are also a whole range of bookshops which I find hugely beneficial to my studies. The location of Oxford is great for me, too. It isn’t too far away from home and the Oxford Tube bus can take you from Oxford to London at a very reasonable price – and it runs 24 hours a day!