Research in the department covers a range of practices of and approaches to contemporary performance, with a particular focus on the use of critical, philosophical and political theory.
Our work around contemporary theatre and performance covers a broad range of practices from across Europe and Britain. We engage in the critical, political and contextual analysis of various modes of theatrical and performance-based practices, including new writing; devised performance; music; digital technologies; immersive and participatory performance; European theatre since 1960; festivals and tourism; Performance Art and Live Art; and acting and directing methodologies.
Head of Drama and Theatre Arts
- The medicalised body in performance
- Anatomical dissection and bodily display as performance
- Medical humanities
- Politics of identity and performance
- Contemporary theatre practice and critical theory
- Live art Performance and interdisciplinary practice
- Immersive, interactive & participatory performance practices
- One-on-one performance
- Practice research methodologies
- Performance documentation
- Performing heritage & legacy
- Gamification & play in performance
Assistant Professor in Performance and Creative Practices
I am new to the department, teaching across theory and practice and leading the new MA in Performance Practices: Applied Artists. My specialisms include applied, autobiographical and multilingual performance practices. I am currently most connected to South African theatre and performance artists and activists, articulating new dramaturgies and frameworks for sustainable global collaboration. ...
Reader in Theatre and Performance
- Performance practice, especially acting/performer and directing methodologies
- The Odin Teatret
- Performance and the environment (especially climate change)
- Practice research
- Samuel Beckett.
- Contemporary British theatre and performance.
- Performance and popular culture.
Reader in Drama and Performance
- Victorian theatre
- Performance practice (contemporary and historical)
- Popular theatre and performance
- All areas of theatre and music
- Technologies and performance
- Contemporary socio-political drama (British and European)
- Ancient Greek and Roman plays and their influence on British theatre
- Medieval and Renaissance drama
- Non-standard forms of contemporary drama and theatre
- Drama and narration
- Literary and cultural theory and networks
- Ethics and drama
Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama
- Harold Pinter
- British alternative or fringe theatre
- Contemporary Shakespeare
- Arts Council
- Samuel Beckett
My research primarily concerns mental health in contemporary performance, from representation of psychiatric diagnosis to autobiographical theatre. I’ve written extensively on British theatre and Irish theatre. My current work concentrates on understandings of suicide, including representations of suicide-as-protest and the mourning of suicide.
- 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