Dr David Pattie MA, PhD

David Pattie

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

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

I've been teaching and researching in drama and theatre studies since 1992. I’m an internationally recognised expert on the work of Samuel Beckett, and I’ve published ground breaking work on live music as a performance. I’ve also written extensively about contemporary British theatre, Scottish theatre, and popular culture.


  • MA (Honours); University of Glasgow
  • PhD; University of Kent


I’m from the West of Scotland originally, and I was one of the first people from my family to get in to university. I graduated from Glasgow in 1985 with a degree in English and Drama (coming first in my honours drama class) and went on to do a PhD at the University of Kent (my research topic was the funding of alternative theatre in the UK in the 1980s).

My first full time post was at the University of Ulster (from 1992 to 1997). I moved to the University of Greenwich, where I taught from 1997 to 2001. My most recent post was at the University of Chester, from 2001 to 2017.


I lead the third year study option Playwright’s Theatre and I convene the second year Monologue practical option. I teach on the second year Politics of Performance module, and I lecture on the first year Dramatic Medium module.

Postgraduate supervision

Samuel Beckett.
Contemporary British theatre and performance.
Performance and popular culture.

Find out more - our PhD Drama and Theatre Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I’ve got a long-standing interest in the work of Samuel Beckett. I’ve published a book, book chapters and articles on all aspects of his work, and I’ve been asked to speak on his work to academic and non-academic audiences. I was part of the 3-year AHRC Staging Beckett research project; as part of the project, we put together a database which gathered together information about all of the productions of Beckett in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

I’ve also published a book- the first on the subject- on rock music as a performance event, and I’ve co-edited books on the music and art of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno. I’ve also published on British theatre and performance, from the 1950s through to the present day; I’m an acknowledged expert on the work of the Scots playwright David Greig. 


Recent publications


Pattie, D & Albiez, S (eds) 2016, Brian Eno: Oblique Music. 1st edn, Bloomsbury, London, UK ; New York . <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/brian-eno-9781441155344>


Pattie, D 2018, '‘At me too someone is looking...’: Coercive Systems in Beckett’s Theatre.', Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd hui, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 227-238. https://doi.org/10.1163/18757405-03002004

Pattie, D 2017, 'The Stuff of Performance: Beckett, Theatre Marginalia, and the Archive', Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd hui, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 231-242. https://doi.org/10.1163/18757405-02902002

Pattie, D 2016, ''Let What Happens Happen': The Whitelaw Archive', Journal of Beckett Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 206-223. https://doi.org/10.3366/jobs.2016.0171

Pattie, D 2016, 'Dissolving into Scotland: National Identity in Dunsinane and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 19-30. https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2015.1123700

Pattie, D 2016, 'Popular Culture', Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 439-458. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbw022

Pattie, D 2016, 'The Events: Immanence and the Audience', Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2016-0005

Pattie, D 2015, 'Popular Culture: Music', Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 308-326. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbv014

Pattie, D 2014, 'Popular Culture', Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 354-372. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbu018

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Pattie, D 2016, 7:84 Theatre Companies. in J Bull (ed.), British Theatre Companies: 1965-1979: British Theatre Companies: from Fringe to Mainstream. Methuen, London, pp. 251-274.

Pattie, D 2016, Taking the Studio by Strategy. in S Albiez & D Pattie (eds), Brian Eno : Oblique Music. Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 49-68.

Pattie, D 2016, The Arrival of Godot: Beckett, Cultural memory, and the 1950s. in D Tucker & T McTighe (eds), Staging Beckett in Great Britain. Bloomsbury, pp. 3-20.

Pattie, D 2016, The Bogus Men: Eno, Ferry, and Roxy Music. in Brian Eno: Oblique Music. Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 11-28.


Pattie, D 2016, Stone Tapes: Ghost Box, Nostalgia and Post War England. in S Whiteley & S Rambarran (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 392-408.

Book/Film/Article review

Pattie, D 2022, 'Mark Brown. Modernism and Scottish Theatre since 1969: A Revolution on Stage. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, xvii + 254 pp., € 80.24 (hardback), € 24.99 (softcover)', Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 259-260. https://doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2022-0019

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