Research in Drama and Theatre Arts

Research in the Department of Theatre Arts encompasses both the historiographical and contemporary, with an emphasis on political and critical theory, and the relationship between theory and practice.


The department also specializes in research-led practice, particularly in actor-training, writing for performance and directing. In essence, expertise lies in the following areas:

  • Theatre history and historiography: areas of specialism include the history of popular theatre; the Arts Council of Great Britain 1945-1994; c20th century British drama and playwriting; British ‘Fringe’ / alternative theatre 1968-1994; Victorian Theatre; Russian Theatre; Greek tragedy.
  • Contemporary performance: critical analysis of c20th and c21st British and European theatre practice that engages with both text-driven and non-text-driven performance in conjunction with political, philosophical and critical theory.
  • Research-led professional practice: engaging in collaborations with theatres, actors, directors and other artists to develop and contribute to performance work including playwriting, dramaturgy and the theories and practice of acting and directing.