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Sarah Grandage

Associate Professor in Drama and Performance, Faculty of Arts



PhD (University of Nottingham); MA (University of Nottingham); BA(Hons) (Westfield College/CSSD, University of London)

Expertise Summary

Areas of expertise: performance (theory & practice), stylistics and the language of drama, Shakespeare, 20thC and contemporary drama.

Having originally trained as an actor and worked in professional theatre for over a decade before entering academia, I now combine my practitioner experience with my research & teaching expertise to teach across a range of drama and performance modules in the School of English.

I continue to collaborate with performance practitioners as well as academic colleagues in the UK, Spain and Australia.

I am a member of the wider board at Nottingham Playhouse and am actively engaged in various theatre, performance and other creative projects in the local community, including hosting and facilitating the Nottingham Playgoers monthly meetings.

Teaching Summary

A focus on embodied learning and the ethos of 'doing it on its feet' are at the heart of all my teaching of drama - enabling students to learn by doing, not just reading! Most rewarding is watching… read more

Recent Publications

A focus on embodied learning and the ethos of 'doing it on its feet' are at the heart of all my teaching of drama - enabling students to learn by doing, not just reading! Most rewarding is watching students start to better understand the difference between what a play text means and how it means, and the fact that meaning lies not just in the printed words on the page, but in the conjunction of the words with actors' bodies and voices, scenography and soundscapes, spaces and places of performance, and the influence of the socio-historical and political context in which a play is created and received.

UG modules:

  • ENGL1001 Drama, Theatre, Performance
  • ENGL1012 Shakespeare's Histories
  • ENGL2018 Shakespeare and Contemporaries on the Stage
  • ENGL2019 Twentieth Century Plays
  • ENGL2020 From Stanislavski to Contemporary Performance: Practice & Theory
  • ENGL3005 Theatre Making

PG modules:

  • ENGL4160 Dramatic Discourse
  • ENGL4238 Shakespeare Space & Place
  • ENGL4153 Early Performance Cultures
  • AE401 Understanding Performance
  • SARAH GRANDAGE, 2016. Shakespeare’s influence on language evolution. In: BRUCE R. SMITH, ed., The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare: Volume II: The World’s Shakespeare, 1660-Present Cambridge University Press. 1380-1387
  • SARAH GRANDAGE, 2016. Dramatic Discourse: On your imaginary forces work. In: VIOLETA SOTIROVA, ed., The Bloomsbury Companion to Stylistics Bloomsbury. 648-672
  • SARAH GRANDAGE and JULIE SANDERS, 2014. Shakespeare at a Distance. In: CHRISTIE CARSON and PETER KIRWAN, eds., Shakespeare and the Digtal World: Redefining Scholarship and Practice Cambridge University Press. 75-86
  • JOSÉ LUIS ONCINS MARTÍNEZ and SARAH GRANDAGE, 2011. Impoliteness Strategies and Wordplay in Shakespeare's Dramatic Dialogues. In: JOSÉ LUIS ONCINS MARTÍNEZ, MANUEL SÁNCHEZ GARCÍA and RAMÓN LÓPEZ ORTEGA, eds., Ensayos sobre Shakespeare/Essays on Shakespeare Universidad de Extremadura Servicio de Publicaciones. 215-228
  • SARAH GRANDAGE, 2010. Imagining England: Contemporary Encodings of 'this sceptred isle'. In: WILLY MALEY and MARGARET TUDEAU-CLAYTON, eds., This England, That Shakespeare: New Angles on Englishness and the Bard Ashgate. 127-146
  • SARAH GRANDAGE, 2009. Dramatic Discourse. In: LOUISE CUMMINGS, ed., The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia Routledge. 132-138
  • NORBERT SCHMITT, SARAH GRANDAGE and SVENJA ADOLPHS, 2004. Are Corpus-derived Recurrent Clusters Psycholinguistically Valid?. In: NORBERT SCHMITT, ed., Formulaic Sequences John Benjamins Press.

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