Mark Pollock

Mark Pollock

BA English Literature and Theatre Studies

Summary: Mark's choice of course allowed him to study theatre from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and was enhanced by a year studying abroad in Munich.

Overview

I was first attracted to my course by the vast range of modules offered across the three years at Leeds. The course allowed me to combine practical work in the theatre with critical studies of plays, novels, poetry and even cinema. The facilities at Leeds also played a big factor in my decision to apply; students on my course are particularly lucky as we had the Workshop Theatre - a huge converted chapel with three theatre spaces, a costume room and editing suites - all to ourselves. Having all three years based in one building gives you a real sense of community and you quickly get to know your tutors and students from other years. 

I loved the practical work in my theatre modules as it gave me the chance to explore abstract theories and ideas, which I had studied in seminars, through live performance. The resulting performances often turned out pretty weird but they opened new perspectives and a deeper level of understanding that I could then apply to essays and across other modules.

As I progressed through my years at Leeds I discovered more and more student societies. I played intramural football for English all three years and was a member of Folk Soc, the Union Music Library, Theatre Group and Leeds Student Radio.

In my third year I undertook an Erasmus year abroad at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. I studied mostly in English and took a combination of American Studies and Literature which I found really rewarding, including some cool subjects like Native American Literature and the work of Bob Dylan.

The whole experience of living in central Europe was great as it gave me a chance to travel and visit friends in different cities. Whilst the year didn't directly contribute to my overall grade, I think it gave me the confidence and time to develop more of my own ideas with help of some of the best American and German professors working at the University. It was a great cultural experience and has left me with some great friends and memories.

I really enjoyed my course and would strongly encourage anyone to apply. There is such a great deal of flexibility within the course so you can always find an area of study that suits you. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself if you are devising practical work – some of our best ideas came from improvisation and mistakes!