Drama is the study of play texts, of theatre practitioners, and of the act of performance itself. Of course, by its very nature, learning about drama means doing drama too – discovering what makes characters tick by working practically with scripts, understanding stage directions through directing texts, and exploring different ways of constructing drama through learning to write and devise for performance.
Drama at the University of Salford can be studied either with English Literature or with Creative Writing, and the emphasis is on combining practical and creative learning with reflection and critical writing. We benefit from specialist staff and links with the creative industries.
You will analyse and criticise various forms of literary text, most particularly plays and novels. You will also have the chance to work on drama projects designed to deepen your understanding of different kinds of play texts and theatre practitioners as well as exploring contemporary approaches to making performance, such as devising. Further, the course has a unique emphasis upon the adaptation of novels, short stories, poetry and popular forms (such as folk and rock music or cartoons) for performance both on stage and screen.
The department has many links with the creative industries such as BBC Writersroom; The Royal Exchange Theatre; The Contact Theatre; Oldham Coliseum; Bolton Octagon; and West Yorkshire Playhouse. There are regular talks and master classes from visiting professionals from these organisations. Several English/Drama students have been shortlisted for the 'Write by the Quays' new writing talent search which is judged by the head of BBC Writersroom.
You will also be able to create your own original drama work, either in script form, or through devising new work, or through adapting and directing classical and contemporary plays. This best of this work is publicly shown at the end of each year in the FRESH festival (click on the images below to view a gallery of images from the last festival.)