Choosing to study Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway will put you at the centre of one of the largest and most influential Drama and Theatre departments in the world. Here, you'll grapple with the big questions: about ourselves and our cultures, about how we make meaning and tell stories, and about ourselves in relation to other cultures, other times, and other forms of storytelling. You'll create performances, analyse texts, and bring a range of critical ideas to bear on both. On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. By moving between the two, you'll find your place as an informed theatre-maker, and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture. We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity (rated 14th in the world, and 6th in the UK, for Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices. You'll be taught in incredible performance spaces you won't find anywhere else, each perfectly enhancing our teaching and research strengths: + the state of the art Caryl Churchill Theatre for exploring issues around contemporary theatre + a converted ‘found space’ 19th century Boilerhouse studio, a stunning backdrop for movement work + The only permanent Noh stage outside of Japan, which is reflective of our unrivalled international outlook. + Our location means that you'll be able to experience the cultural life of London, with its theatres, productions and practitioners just a short train ride away, but base yourself in the close, stimulating community and safe environment that only a campus university can offer. Our links with industry professionals and companies are unsurpassed and we enourage you to experience the incredible theatre, productions and practitioners of London, such as London's West End and South Bank. Our campus environment and community gives you the space to experiment with your own ideas alongside fellow drama students and other top rated arts departments, such Media Arts and Music. We're justifiably proud of our creative campus, with a wide range of performance societies on campus including the Drama Department’s own Student Workshop.