Dr Vicky Angelaki BA (Hons), MA, PG Cert, PhD

Dr Vicky Angelaki

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Lecturer in Drama

Contact details

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

I have been based in the Department since 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 work primarily focuses on contemporary and modernist socially engaged British, European (especially Austrian, German, French) and American theatre and its intersection with philosophy.


BA (Hons) - English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

MA in Research (Theatre) - Royal Holloway, University of London

Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning - Royal Holloway, University of London

Doctor of Philosophy - Royal Holloway, University of London

Associate Status - HEA


I joined the University of Birmingham as Lecturer in Drama in 2012, having held a full-time Lectureship at Birmingham City University from 2009-2012 and having taught extensively at Royal Holloway. My fully-funded Doctoral study at RHUL focused on defamiliarization in the work of Martin Crimp through a phenomenological investigation.

I have published extensively within my research areas and you can find details on my publications in the relevant section of my profile.

I have organized a number of symposia, conferences and public engagement events, most notably Contemporary British Theatre: Towards a New Canon (BCU 2010), Dealing with Martin Crimp (with Dan Rebellato (Royal Court Theatre, 2013), Metaphysical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre (with Chris Megson and Liz Tomlin, University of London, 2013), Thomas Ostermeier: Reinventing Directors’ Theatre at the Schaubühne Berlin (with Peter Boenisch and Clare Finburgh, Central School of Speech and Drama/ Barbican Centre 2014) as well as an interim symposium on Radical Adaptation (with Jacqueline Bolton, Sarah Grochala and Kara Reilly, Almeida Theatre, 2014) and the TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy working group’s sessions on Adaptation (RHUL 2014), while I served as co-convenor for the group in 2013-14. I collaborate with theatres and performance companies in relation to my research expertise (programme notes, public talks).

At RHUL I was one of the founding editors of the academic journal Platform in 2006. I have been a peer reviewer for PlatformContemporary Theatre ReviewJCDE, New Theatre Quarterly, Performing Ethos, Methuen Drama, Palgrave Macmillan, and Routledge.  

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 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2013.

I am currently writing my second monograph Social and Political Theatre in 21st Century Britain: Staging Crisis for the Methuen Drama Engage series (edited by Mark Taylor-Batty and Enoch Brater). You can find additional information on my research and a list of publications in the relevant sections of my profile.

I edit, with Kara Reilly, the new international series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, launching in 2016).


Dramatic Medium (Year 1)

Performance, Theory, Practice, Critique (Year 1)

Modern Drama: Ibsen to Pinter (Year 2, Convenor)

Theatre Praxis (Year 2, Convenor)

Playwright’s Theatre (Year 3, Convenor)

I also lecture on the MRes Playwriting programme and supervise UG research.

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise a number of PG students (MRes and PhD) working on diverse areas of contemporary theatre research. I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in new writing, modernism, adaptation, translation (languages: English, French, German, Greek) and/or the intersections between theatre and philosophy.



My research is internationalist in its scope, with a specialism in modern and contemporary British and European theatre (primarily in Austria, Germany and France), translation, adaptation, spectatorship and citizenship, aesthetics and politics, as well as performance, critical/cultural theories and philosophy (with a focus on phenomenology).

Other activities

I present my work in theatre conferences regularly and deliver invited papers/workshops on my areas of expertise in the UK and internationally. I run the Thinking Theatre blog at www.vickyangelaki.com, where I engage with topical concerns in theatre performance, research and teaching. I have an international network of research collaborations with academics and artists in Europe and have had associations with professional bodies such as TaPRA, IFTR/FIRT, ESSE and CDE.



2012  The Plays of Martin CrimpMaking Theatre Strange. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Single-edited Collection (as Editor and Author)

2013  Contemporary British TheatreBreaking New Ground. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Special Issue (as Editor and Author)

2014 Contemporary Theatre Review 24.3, Dealing with Martin Crimp.

Journal Articles and Essays

2014 ‘Introduction: Dealing with Martin Crimp’. Contemporary Theatre Review 24.3 (2014): 307-12.

2014Alles Weitere kennen Sie aus dem Kino: Martin Crimp at the Cutting Edge of Representation’. Contemporary Theatre Review 24.3 (2014): 313-28.

2013  ‘Whose Voice? Tim Crouch’s The Author and Active Listening on the Contemporary Stage’. Sillages Critiques 16 (2013)http://sillagescritiques.revues.org/2989 

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

2014 ‘Witness or Accomplice? Unsafe Spectatorship in the Work of Anthony Neilson and Simon Stephens’. Ethical Speculations in Contemporary British Theatre. Ed. Mireia Aragay and Enric Monforte. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 135- 51.

2013  ‘Politics for the Middle Classes: Contemporary Audiences and the Violence of Now’. Contemporary British TheatreBreaking New Ground. Ed. Vicky Angelaki. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 57-78.

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

2010‘Pushing Frontiers, Challenging Spectators: The Reception of Howard Barker’/ ‘Grenzen hinausschieben, Zuschauer herausfordern: Zur Rezeption Howard Barkers’. Weltbühne Wien/World Stage Vienna: Die Rezeption Anglophoner 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 (CDE15. 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.

2007‘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. 


2014 Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics, by Milija Gluhovic. New Theatre Quarterly30.3 (2014): 299-300. 

2014 Sublime Drama: British Theatre of the 1990s, by Elżbieta Baraniecka. Journal ofContemporary Drama in English2.1 (2014): 196-99.

2012  Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History, by Kara Reilly.Contemporary Theatre Review 22.3 (2012): 430-31.

2011  Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today, by Aleks Sierz. New Theatre Quarterly 27.4 (2011): 395-96.

2008  HysteriaTrauma and MelancholiaPerformative Maladies in Contemporary Anglophone Drama, by Christina Wald. Journal for the Study of British Cultures 15.1 (2008): 90-91.

2007  Here We StandPolitics, Performers and Performance, by Colin Chambers.PlatformPostgraduate eJournal of Theatre and Performing Arts 2.1 (2007): 111-14