Dr Vicky Angelaki BA, MA, PG Cert, PhD

Lecturer in Drama

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts


Contact details

The Old Library (SOVAC)
998 Bristol Road
B29 6LG


I joined the Department in 2012. Prior to that I held the position of Lecturer in English and Drama at Birmingham City University (2009-12) and I lectured at the Drama and English Departments at Royal Holloway (2006-8). My research primarily focuses on modernist as well as contemporary theatre and the radical reconceptualizations of the relationship between aesthetics and politics.


BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki;

MA in Research (Theatre); PGCert in Teaching in HE; PhD; – Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Associate Status, Higher Education Academy. 


I joined the University of Birmingham as Lecturer in Drama in September 2012. Prior to that I held appointments at Birmingham City University (FT permanent, Lecturer in English and Drama) and Royal Holloway, University of London (PT visiting, Drama and English). My fully-funded Doctoral study (PhD Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, 2009) focused on defamiliarization in the work of Martin Crimp.

In 2010 I organised the highly successful international conference Contemporary British Theatre: Towards a New Canon, which traced developing traditions and representational directions in performance in our time. My next major conference project has been Dealing with Martin Crimp, co-organised with Prof. Dan Rebellato (Royal Court Theatre, London, 12/01/2013).  More information is available here: http://tinyurl.com/dealingwithcrimp

I collaborate with theatres and performance companies in relation to my research expertise (programme notes, public talks).

In terms of own practice, I am currently working on an adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman.

At Royal Holloway I started the electronic academic journal Platform with two colleagues in 2006. I have reviewed books and/or article submissions for Platform, Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly and Performing Ethos.  

My first monograph, The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. My next book, the edited collection Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground is in press and will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2013. I edit, with Dr Kara Reilly (Exeter), the new international series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan).


In all my teaching, I work to combine theory and practice. I currently convene the second year module Modern Drama: Ibsen to Pinter, as well as teach on the first year modules Practice, Theory, Performance, Critique and Theatre Practice.  

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective research students with an interest in the areas listed under my research expertise.

I have supervised a variety of research projects and I am currently supervising two PhD students in the Department. 


My expertise is in:

  • modern and contemporary British, European and American theatre
  • ethics and spectatorship
  • aesthetics and politics
  • performance and philosophy (especially phenomenology)
  • critical and cultural theories
  • theatrical translation and adaptation
  • as well as theatre, perception and spatiality.

I enjoy an international network of research collaborations and regularly present my work in theatre conferences and/or research events.

I have had professional associations with TaPRA, IFTR/FIRT, ESSE and CDE.


Single Authored Books

2012 The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (November 2012).

Single Edited Collections (as editor and author)

2013 Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles and Essays

2012 (Forthcoming) Whose Voice? Tim Crouch’s The Author and Active Listening on the Contemporary Stage’ for Sillages Critiques, ed. Elisabeth Angel-Perez.

2011 ‘Martin Crimp and Border Crossing: The Australian Turn’. Contemporary Theatre Review 21.4 (2011): 544-46.

2010 ‘Lessons from Harold Pinter’. Studies in Theatre and Performance 30.3 (2010): 267-73.  

2006 ‘The Private and the Public Wars: A Play by Martin Crimp’. Platform: Postgraduate eJournal of Theatre and Performing Arts 1.1 (2006): 32-41.

Chapters in Edited Collections

2013 ‘Politics for the Middle Classes: The Violence of Now and the Contemporary Theatre Stage’. Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Vicky Angelaki.

‘Witness or Accomplice? Contemporary Audiences and States of Watching’. Volume on Theatre and Ethics for Palgrave Macmillan. Ed. Mireia Aragay and Enric Monforte.

2010 ‘Ethics Take Centre Stage: Issues and Representation for Today's Political Theatre’. Ethical Encounters: Boundaries of Theatre, Performance and Philosophy. Ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe and Daniel Watt. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 199-207.

‘Pushing Frontiers, Challenging Spectators: The Reception of Howard Barker’/ ‘Grenzen hinausschieben, Zuschauer herausfordern: Zur Rezeption Howard Barkers’. Weltbühne Wien/World Stage Vienna. Die RezeptionAnglophoner Dramen auf Wiener Bühnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Vol.2. Ed. Ewald Mengel, Rudolf Weiss et al. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010. 297-311.

2009 ‘Breaking down Barriers High and Low: The Case of the UK’s National Theatre’. High Culture and/versus Popular Culture. Ed. Sabine Coelsch- Foisner and Dorothea Flothow. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. 85-93.

2008 ‘Subtractive Forms and Composite Contents: Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies’. Contemporary Drama in English (CDE) 15. Ed. Ellen Redling and Peter Paul Schnierer. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008. 31-46.

‘Taking a Bite of the Big Apple: Martin Crimp’s The Treatment’. Hunger on the Stage. Ed. Elisabeth Angel-Perez and Alexandra Poulain. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 257-67.

2007 ‘Performing Phenomenology: The Theatre of Martin Crimp’. Theatres of Thought. Ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe and Daniel Watt. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 6-12.

‘Structuring Consciousness through Objects: Fluctuating Roles and Selves in Crimp, Pinter and Ionesco’. Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2007. Ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 126-33.


I previously acted as regional judge for the BBC2 documentary programme ‘Off-by-Heart Shakespeare’ and welcome enquiries on any areas relating to contemporary theatre and performance, theatre and the community, theatre and politics, or theatre and cultures.

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