English and Drama with a Foundation Year - BA (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
QW3B
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

The BA (Hons) English and Drama programme will support you in developing your critical and analytical abilities, and deepen your appreciation for literature and theatre.

You will develop your writing, close-reading and research skills, and learn to present arguments coherently and creatively. In the School of English, you will be taught by world-leading academics and practitioners offering a diverse range of modules. You will study literature and drama from various major periods, movements and genres.

You will also have the opportunity to stage a play, and study film, art, and philosophies of relevance to drama and literature. Your degree will allow you to tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations with both a local and global outlook

About foundation courses

This diverse and creative course incorporating a Foundation Year is a must for anyone passionate about English, whether that be language, literature, drama or creative writing.

As part of the foundation year you will develop essential skills and knowledge which will help you succeed in your future degree level studies and which will be transferable to your future career.

You will study a variety of subjects, including language and literature, drama and creative writing, and will learn how these different aspects of English study interact with one another.

Alongside this you will develop core skills in research, critical analysis, planning and evaluation, creativity and effective communication. Understanding how English is studied in context, developing that knowledge and applying it through a range of assignments and assessments, will provide you with a strong foundation upon which to progress to degree-level study at the School of English.

Why study a degree with a foundation year?

Foundation years are a great option if you have the talent, ambition and potential to thrive at Birmingham City University, but do not meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. It’s ideal if:

  • You want the flexibility of a year’s study on a more general course to find out the best degree choice for you.
  • You have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
  • You would like extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree.

What's covered in the course?

English as a discipline continues to be relevant to the lives we lead and is central to a wide range of contemporary and social contexts. It is this fact on which the School has built its philosophy and approach to English and Drama: subjects with interdisciplinary reach beyond their own boundaries.

Understanding how literature can be interpreted, engaging with multiple forms of communication, examining how literature and theatre engage with societies and cultures past and present, and the place of English in a global context, are all vital aspects in understanding how the discipline connects with the wider world, enabling you to focus on the production, interpretation and negotiation of meaning and to understand the world from a variety of perspectives.

You will benefit from student-focused and research-informed teaching in a friendly and supportive learning environment where you will be taught by world-leading academics and expert practitioners who foster a community of experimentation, innovation and inclusivity.

Our graduates are characterised by their extensive subject knowledge, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, reflected in the skills and abilities that enables them to adapt to a wide range of career paths and employment opportunities.

The School is committed to contributing to the cultural life of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. We do this through working closely with partner colleges and schools, by maintaining close links with cultural institutions such as the Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), and by working with agencies such as Writing West Midlands. In all of this we seek to widen participation and provide opportunities for the community to engage with the discipline and the University.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will be taught by world-leading academics and expert practitioners who foster a community of experimentation, innovation and inclusivity, creating an environment in which student learning can flourish. The programme focuses on the development of core knowledge and skills for English study and how they can be translated to foster interdisciplinary, practice-based education.
  • Combining the study of literature, drama, language and creative writing, English at Birmingham City University is, by definition, interdisciplinary. The programme offers multiple opportunities for students to collaborate across disciplines in order to gain new perspectives on the relevance of their study in the wider world.
  • English is a subject highly-prized by employers for the range of transferable skills it develops. Equipped with a strong subject knowledge, you will develop an ability to work as an independent researcher; to communicate effectively through speech, writing, presentations and performances; to critically evaluate the work of others; to respond imaginatively to original briefs, and to initiate, manage and complete research projects. You will be able to apply these skills through work placement opportunities or collaborative practice with others in your year group to ensure you can articulate and demonstrate knowledge and a sound skill-base to future employers.
  • English is a global language; its culture has an international reach. Understanding the effects of this and how English has been shaped and reshaped by its engagement with the world at large is a key principle of the programme. You not only have the opportunity to contextualise English in this way as part of the taught programme but also to take advantage of the study abroad semester offered through the Erasmus scheme in year two.

BA Eng Drama Overview

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is not open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work in jobs such as:

  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu as long as the required subject is covered.

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
A level  CDD. A minimum of 2 A Levels required (must include English A-Level) although other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one A-level subject. Applicants with 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent can combine with AS levels to achieve required points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. In a relevant pathway.

Scottish Advanced Higher

DDD. Must include English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Obtain a total of 10 points or above from three higher level subjects. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificate.
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) and English Group A – Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab initio – grade 5.
A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis.

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

Must be offered along with either A-levels, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DM will be considered in combination with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on your course. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Foundation year

During your foundation year you will be taught in small classes where active participation is part of the teaching methodology. Your study will involve reading and analysis, discussion and debate, and practical activities which allow you to test and implement your skills and knowledge. In addition to attending classes you will be required to complete preparation and follow-up tasks and activities to support your learning.

Literature In Time
20 credits

You will study a range of texts which will provide you with a broad knowledge of how they literature responds to their its own time period and to the literary movements specific to that age. As you will study literature from different time periods you will also be able to draw connections between different literary movements and discuss their relationship to one another. You will also focus on different literary genres, for example plays, novels, poems and nonfiction, and be able to identify their specific formal features and discuss their creative use.

Language and Texts
20 credits

This module is designed as a gentle introduction to English Language study. Instead of looking at abstract theories about language rules, you will learn through the close analysis of real texts, including literary texts such as novels and non-literary texts such as newspaper articles, advertising and social media. You will examine these texts in terms of their structure, the words used within them, and their impact on the reader. In doing this you will develop core skills in data collection and analysis, and in summarising and evaluating key findings.

Researching in English
20 credits

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify appropriate research methods and material for the study of English. You will learn how to select research material, discriminate between sources, evaluate their relevance and summarise and explain key ideas. You will do this by developing skills which are integral to the study of English at university-level, such as close reading, critical analysis and data compilation and evaluation.

Literature in the World
20 credits

You will be provided with the knowledge and skills to identify and discuss examples of literature which are drawn from different cultural contexts. You will study a range of texts which will provide you with a broad knowledge of the relationship between literature and culture and you will identify and discuss the ways in which literary form has been adapted and appropriated to accommodate different cultural contexts. and the retelling of canonical tales. You will do this by studying a range of paired texts which offer contrasting and often competing viewpoints and which reflect upon both literature’s place within the world and its power to shape the world.

Language and Creativity
20 credits

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in the Language & Texts module. In Language & Creativity you will use your knowledge of linguistic theory to produce your own texts across a range of forms and genres. You will consider topics including persuasive language, metaphor and parody, as well as humour, puns and other wordplay. You will also explore language change over time: how new words are formed and how existing words develop new meanings. You will study and create literary texts as well as non-literary texts, such as advertisements, political speeches, newspaper headlines, comedy sketches, song lyrics, graffiti and memes.

Writing Development
20 credits

During this module, you will develop the research skills acquired in the semester 1 module ‘Researching in English’ by focusing on the practical application of your knowledge and ideas through the production of a series of formative pieces of academic writing, which will culminate in the submission of a longer-length piece of written work. You will develop core subject skills in the effective communication of ideas and will progress from writing about concrete objects to discussing abstract ideas. To do this you will focus on integral steps such as planning and ordering ideas, prioritising points, developing ideas, relating points to evidence and formulating and communicating clear arguments. You will also develop your knowledge of scholarly conventions and matters of presentation.

Year one

Literature, Drama and Origin (semester one)
20 credits

This module introduces you to the study of literature through the examination of authorship, literary history, origins of form, and influence and allusion. You will also learn about the principles of dramaturgy and be encouraged to apply your knowledge in the practical explorations of plays.

Foundations of Language (semester one)
20 credits

This module introduces you to a number of core topics in contemporary language studies, including pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. You will also learn about key linguistic concepts and terminology and will develop your skills in critical thinking, analysing data, and identifying and synthesising complex information.

Foundations of Creative Writing (semester one)
20 credits

By experimenting with different ways of gathering source material and generating new writing in response to stimuli, you will shape and craft that writing into prose and poetry. You will develop a rigorous, inventive and sustainable writing practice, in weekly creative writing tasks that will serve as the foundation for your assessment.

Key Critical Concepts (semester two)
20 credits

This module introduces you critical concepts fundamental to undergraduate-level English studies, In order to analyse literary, linguistic, dramatic and media texts. Lectures and seminars will develop your understanding of the key theories of meaning, critical distance and representation, and how these can be applied to texts.

Modern Drama (semester two)
20 credits

This module introduces you to dramaturgical styles associated with ‘modernism’ through the exploration of key playwrights and practitioners from the late nineteenth century. You will examine seminal works from this era, both as written texts and in performance, concluding with your own practical interpretation of a chosen play informed by historical and critical research.

You will then have a choice of one of the following 20 credit modules:

Literature and Conflict (semester two)
20 credits

You will examine the idea of conflict in poetry, the short story and novel. From war and revolution to social class and gender, and also at a psychological level, conflict creates dramatic interest in narrative, and you will consider how a historical understanding of conflict is important in our contemporary world.

Language in Action (semester two)
20 credits

This module further develops your understanding of language studies and covers a variety of topics, including phonetics, grammar, and corpus linguistics. You will learn how to identify and analyse the phonetic and grammatical features of English in context and will develop your ability to critically evaluate data, construct clear arguments and integrate scholarly research into your writing.

Craft of Writing (semester two)
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of techniques used in creative writing, such as showing, telling, detail, and description. Through exploring different literary formats, such as screenplay and poetry, you will learn about key elements of effective writing and how to apply these techniques to enhance your own work.

Year two

Key Critical Traditions (semester one)
20 credits

This module introduces you to the most influential twentieth-century schools of thought within English. You will employ different critical perspectives for thinking about literature and related art forms, using tools of analysis to reveal the unexpected and exciting possibilities of critical thought. You will explore theoretical works in their own right, and gain insight into how criticism has developed historically.

Contemporary Theatre and Theory (semester one)
40 credits

You will develop an understanding of contemporary Western theatre and acquire interdisciplinary knowledge by critically analysing the relationship between theatre and theory. You will study a range of plays that have premiered in the UK since 1968. Literary theory from fields including psychoanalysis, gender studies and postmodernism are explored in taught content, group debates, and theatre trips.

In your second semester you can choose to complete either the Collaborative Practice option or the Work Placement option (see below).   

Collaborative Practice (semester two)
20 credits

You will create an interdisciplinary project with students from other disciplines and academic staff in order to learn and critically reflect on the vital employability skill of collaboration. The module content will reflect the nature of the project, depending on your own interests as approved by your supervisor. Principles and techniques of collaboration will also be explored in tutorials, lectures and workshops.

Work Placement (semester two)
20 credits

This module aims to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the workplace, and to critically reflect upon your learning in that context. You will arrange your own placement with support from academic staff and BCU Careers. Typically, the placement duration is 70 hours.

In semester two, you may study the following Documentary Drama module and any one 20 credit module or any two 20 credit modules .

Documentary Drama (semester two)
20 credits

Gain knowledge and critical understanding of fact-based, socially engaged drama for stage and television, both historical and contemporary. Learn to identify traditions, discuss ethical dilemmas in creating drama from real-life stories, and discuss the balance between fact and fiction. You will apply learnings to deliver your own documentary project, as a stage performance. 

English Options (semester two)
20 credits

If you choose to take the Study Abroad module, this will allow you to achieve all of the 60 credits for semester two.

Study abroad
60 credits

You can choose to study abroad in semester two.

Year three

Making Theatre: Practitioners and Performance (semester one)
40 credits

You will study a culturally and aesthetically diverse range of influential, experimental theatre-makers who have been shaping theatre and theories of performance from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. You will explore practical and ideological approaches to rehearsal, acting, design, playwriting, and the role of the audience.

English Options (semester one)
20 credits

In your second semester you will choose one 40 credit Major Project module and one 20 credit module.

See the full module list

 
Year three options

Course Structure

The programme combines traditional teaching and learning approaches with innovative, multi-platform learning support, grounded in a student-partnership model which will encourage engagement beyond the scope of the course and ensure that students develop key transferable skills to enhance their employment. The modules you study will involve critical analysis, investigative skills and imaginative thinking.

In Year one, you will focus on developing core knowledge, including theory and practice-based elements, across English and Drama Studies. In the second half of Year one, you will be able to specialise further in your chosen area of study, and expand that in your Year two and Year three modules. 


Hours in the classroom

In your first year, you will spend a cumulative total of 216 hours in taught class time. In your second year, you will spend a cumulative total of 180 hours in taught class time. In your final year, you will spend a cumulative total of 144 hours in taught class time.

The exact pattern of this will vary depending on which modules you select and when these modules run. Overall, you will usually spend 8 to 10 hours per week in the classroom.

Teaching breakdown

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63 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

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12 Practical exams #fece5a

Trips and Visits

Birmingham’s vibrant cultural life hosts a rich, diverse range of opportunities for you to attend plays and other live events, including the regular, affordable work produced by Birmingham School of Acting (an accredited drama school, which is part of the University).


Teaching and learning activities

Teaching and learning activities may include lectures, seminars, practical workshops and guided independent study. You will also have access to a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, including theatre trips, seminars by prestigious guest speakers and published authors and a programme of scholarly and creative events. Online facilities, such as the University’s Virtual Learning Environment Moodle, are used to guide, support and enhance your learning experience.

You will benefit from tutorial support and spoken or written feedback on your learning and preliminary work to help you in preparing for and reflecting on your assignments. A wide range of assessment methods are used in the programme, including essays, presentations, performances, conferences and creative portfolios, giving you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills.

77 per cent of research undertaken by lecturers from the School of English, classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014)


Links

The School maintains close links with cultural institutions such as the Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) and works with agencies such as Writing West Midlands.

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Overseas Opportunities  

We encourage you to consider taking the opportunity provided by the Erasmus scheme during your time with us. Recent graduate, Charlotte Keogh, studied for a semester in Austria as part of her undergraduate degree.

Charlotte said: "Going to live and study in Austria was the single most terrifying and tremendous experience of my life. I left England with a self-taught basic knowledge of German (meaning I could say “hello”, “goodbye” and “can I have a glass of water please?”) and left being able to hold conversations with the gorgeous old ladies who shared my tram journeys through the city every morning."

Read Charlotte's story

Further Study

Further study in creative writing can be undertaken on our MA in Creative Writing course. Alternatively, Birmingham School of Acting offers graduate training in acting and other drama-related fields. For further information on courses contact Birmingham City University Choices - Tel: 0121 331 5595 Email: choices@bcu.ac.uk.

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Enhancing Employability skills

Employability is embedded across our programme, from sector- and industry-specific skills in drama, literature, creative writing and linguistics, through to transferable skills that hold real value regardless of your employment direction, including literacy and numeracy, time management and organisation, oral and written communication, team work, initiative and enterprise, creative and analytical thinking, self-direction and discipline, independence, information gathering and interpersonal skills.

You will have multiple opportunities to engage in problem solving and problem-based learning, particularly through individual assessments and collaborative practice modules, and to reflect on your own career development needs through participating in the Graduate+ scheme and other employability schemes over the course of your degree.

95 per cent of our English graduates are in work or continuing their studies.
(2015/16 DLHE statistics)

Placements

The School is committed to developing strong links with employers in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Several language and Creative Writing modules have explicit employer and industry engagement, where you work in collaboration with employer and external partners over the course of the semester and are encouraged to adopt industry-standard practices to facilitate connections and links independently with external partners.

In the case of the Work Placement module, you will have the opportunity to develop skills and abilities in a sector-specific context, while ensuring that academic aims and objectives are met as part of your wider learning journey.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Links to industry

We regularly seek out opportunities to build further links with partner organisations in the region, including Creative Black Country, Birmingham Literary Festival, Birmingham Museums Trust (including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery), Black Country Museum Trust, Arvon Creative Writing Foundation, Flatpack Film Festival, West Midlands Screenwriters' Forum, and other Schools within the University, in addition to publishers, charities, third sector organisations, and more, in Birmingham and beyond.


Learn from industry experts

The school regularly organises talks and visits that will provide you with the chance to learn from industry experts with guest masterclasses and visiting authors.

Novelist Jim Crace delivered a series of workshops with students, giving feedback on their work and an insight into the world of professional writing and the publishing industry. Student Nabiyah Saddique said: "It was beneficial to students like me who want to write and be an author by career, to see how his experiences have shaped him and how he has created such beautiful pieces of work from these experiences."

Jim also enjoyed the chance to work with the students: "Everybody tried their hands at pitching an idea, writing the opening paragraphs of a novel, and line editing. It was testing and daunting but nobody fell short. The level of commitment and ability was astounding. London publishers should be beating a path to the School of English; it houses writing talent in abundance."

Graduate Jobs

Our graduates are characterised by their extensive subject knowledge, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, reflected in the skills and abilities that will enable them to adapt to a wide range of career paths, employment opportunities, or further study at Master’s or PhD level. Graduates go on to careers in teaching, theatre-making, marketing, journalism and public relations.

Our Graduates' Stories - Hassan Hussain

Hassan Hussain graduated from the School of English in 2015 with a first-class degree and was awarded the Drama Prize for his contribution and merits within the drama-based modules he studied throughout his degree. Hassan’s outstanding achievements gained him a scholarship to complete a Master’s degree at the University of Warwick, which he completed in 2016. In September 2016 Hassan returned to the University to complete his STEAM-funded PhD, as well as, continuing to direct shows for his theatre company, Mind the Gap.

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Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £260 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

The Curzon Building

Our School of English is housed in the Curzon Building, a £63 million development, located on our City Centre campus, in the vibrant second city that is Birmingham.

Discover your bright and open learning spaces, your 24 hour (during term time) library, drama, media and radio studios, along with state of the art lecture theatres, and a variety of sociable break-out areas, all adding to your unique learning experience.

The Curzon Building
Curzon Building entrance
Lecture theatre in The Curzon Building.
ADM English Discussions
ADM English Discussions 2
Curzon Building - Social space
Entrance to Curzon Library, which is open 24 hours a day during term time.
A selection of books in our six storey library.
English Drama Workshop 3
English Drama Workshop 1
English Drama Workshop 2
English Drama Workshop 4
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Drama room controls 2
The ASK desk – your first point of contact for all queries related to university life.
The light filled atrium leads into the café and restaurant.
The restaurant has a diverse menu with affordable and high quality food.
Curzon Building - Eagle and Ball bar
Eastside Park

Our Staff

As you have a great deal of choice throughout your degree, it’s likely you’ll come into contact with many of our inspiring, research-active staff, including Dr Kate Whittaker, Subject Leader for Drama, and specialist in post-war British and North American theatre; Dr Paola Botham, lecturer in Drama, whose research includes political theatre and feminist playwriting, and Dr Islam Issa, a Renaissance and Early Modern specialist whose 2016 book, Milton in the Arab-Muslim World, won the Milton Society of America First Book Assistance Award ‘for an outstanding first book devoted substantially to Milton.’

Dr Kate Whittaker

Lecturer in Drama
Dr Kate Whittaker is a drama, performance and theatre studies scholar. She is the School of English’s Subject Leader for Drama. Her specialisms include post-war British and North American playwriting, the work of recent and contemporary male playwrights, theatrical representations of sex and gender (masculinities in particular), and postmodern, queer and feminist theatre and performance practice. An engagement with the complementary fields of post-structuralist, queer and psychoanalytic philosophy also informs Kate’s research and teaching. Prior to completing her PhD in 2010, and becoming a university lecturer, Kate worked as an English and Drama teacher in a variety of UK secondary schools. She acquired QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) through the GTP (GraduateTrainee Programme) in 2003. Kate’s background in secondary education has informed a 2015-16 research project for Methuen Drama: a GCSE student guide to Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play, A Taste of Honey. Kate also provided notes and commentary for a new student edition of the play.

Read Kate's full profile

Dr Paola Botham

Lecturer in Drama

Dr Paola Botham (née Sotomayor) teaches theatre history and theory at the School of English and the Birmingham School of Acting (BSA). She was born in Chile, where she studied Journalism and Aesthetics at Universidad Católica (ranked among the top three academic institutions in Latin America) and worked as a culture journalist and textbook writer. After moving to the UK, she completed an MA in British Theatre Studies and a PhD in Drama and Performance. Her doctoral thesis explored how to redefine political theatre in the twenty-first century, questioning ideas from postmodern theory that had become dominant in drama scholarship.

Paola’s research interests are in modern and contemporary British theatre, especially political and documentary forms, as well as Hispanic drama. Her publications include chapters on the contemporary history play for Twenty-First Century Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), on Caryl Churchill for Modern British Playwriting: The 1970s (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2012) and on tribunal theatre for Political Performances: Theory and Practice (Brill Rodopi, 2009). She has also contributed several articles to academic journals, in Britain and Chile, and is currently co-convenor of the Political Performances working group at the International Federation for Theatre Research, IFTR.

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Dr Islam Issa

Senior Lecturer

Islam teaches across all periods and genres of literature, especially the early modern. His research is focused on the modern-day reception of Renaissance and Early Modern English literature in the Arab world, with wider interests in literary translation, cultural studies, reception studies, and censorship.

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