Research in Drama and Theatre Arts

Our department offers an exciting and stimulating environment for research, founded upon the expertise of its staff, a tradition of integrating research with teaching and performance work, and the availability of substantial archive and library resources.

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Key areas of staff research are as follows:

Vicky Angelaki

  • Contemporary and modernist British, European (especially in German and French) and American theatre
  • New writing, performance and politics
  • Translation and adaptation
  • Theatre, critical theory and philosophy (especially phenomenology and sociology)
  • Theatre and science (especially the environment and climate change)
  • The work of Martin Crimp
  • Austrian theatre, politics and performance

Eleftheria Ioannidou

  • Adaptation of Greek tragedy
  • Fascist performances and classical antiquity
  • Theatre and cultural politics
  • Postmodern theatre

Russell Jackson 

  • Shakespeare on screen
  • Representations of the theatre in film and in other media
  • 19th century British Theatre

Adam Ledger

  • Performance practice, especially acting/performer and directing methodologies
  • Devising
  • The Odin Teatret

Caroline Radcliffe

  • Victorian theatre
  • Performance practice (contemporary and historical)
  • Popular theatre and performance
  • All areas of theatre and music
  • Technologies and performance

Liz Tomlin

  • Contemporary theatre and performance in its cultural and political context
  • New writing developments in contemporary theatre and performance
  • 20th and 21st century political and critical theory and philosophy
  • UK Arts Funding, Policies and Practices

Rose Whyman

  • Russian actor training, particularly Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Meyerhold
  • The history of Russian theatre of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • The plays of Anton Chekhov
  • Actor-training and Alexander Technique

The research resources available to students include the substantial holdings of the university library (including the Noel Coward Collection), as well as the collections in Birmingham Central Library (including its world-ranking Shakespeare collection). In nearby Stratford, the Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Centre are located - the latter holding the RSC's archives as well as exceptional holdings in other performance-related material.