School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics



We combine the study of theatre, performance and dance with creative writing for the stage, screen and radio.

The School is home to a number of script writers, dramaturgs, script consultants and researchers working on a wide range of contemporary and historical performance. Research areas range from digital editing of medieval records of performance, the cultural geography of early modern drama, eighteenth-century acting theory and analysis of audience response to contemporary theatre.

Our projects have been co-produced and supported by partnerships with local and national theatre companies, including Live Theatre, and Open Claspthe Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe.

Our postgraduates are producing analysis of the work of a number of local theatre companies and arts organisations, including Northern Stage, November Club, the People’s Theatre, Darlington Operatic Society and the Amber Collective.

In 2019 we’ve had staff publish books on Josephine Baker and Shakespearean Tragedies, win international prizes for playwriting, and see their plays and adaptations produced across the world.