Dr Paul Geary PhD, BA (Hons)

Photograph of Dr Paul Geary

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

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

I am a Teaching Fellow in Drama and Theatre Arts, joining the department in September 2014. I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2014 with a project exploring food, sensuality and performance.


  • PhD (2014) Drama: Theatre, Television and Film; University of Bristol
  • BA First-class honours (2010) Drama: Theatre, Television and Film; University of Bristol


I joined the department in 2014 as a Teaching Fellow, after completing my PhD at the University of Bristol, where I was also an Associate Teacher. My work focuses on food and the senses in performance, in particular exploring the restaurant as a site of various performances. My research work explores Twentieth and Twenty-First Century experimental performance, in particular the Italian Futurists and Viennese Actionists, as well as contemporary immersive, participatory and one-to-one performance practices. My work also covers performance documentation, including freelance work documenting performance for Bodies in Flight and The Bone Ensemble. Before joining the department at the University of Birmingham, I worked for the Theatre Collection (University of Bristol) with projects on the NRLA archive and the Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Collection.


My teaching is mainly on second and final year modules, across both study and practical options. I convene and teach on the second year core modules, Politics of Performance and Theatre Lab. I have taught modules on Immersive Theatre and working with text in performance for second years and I run modules in the final year on Live Art and contemporary performance making. I also convene the final year Production Module and the practice-as-research Practical Project in Drama.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised MRes Directing projects and assessed MRes and PhD theses.


My research focuses on the senses in performance, particularly exploring food in performance practice. I am currently completing a monograph, developing from my doctoral thesis, entitled The Food Event: Performance, the Senses and Emotion in the Michelin-Starred Restaurant. This book is analysing the work at restaurants from around the world, including elBulli (Spain), The Fat Duck (UK), Noma (Denmark) and Alinea (USA), in relation to performance and live art practices from the Historical Avant Garde to the present. My work uses philosophical, political and critical theory to make sense of the intricacies of experience within ideological frameworks, with a particular emphasis on the work of Martin Heidegger and Slavoj Žižek. My doctoral thesis worked in part through practice-as-research and I continue to work around practice in collaboration with artist and honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham Kaye Winwood.

Other activities

Administrative Roles

Selected Conference Presentations

  • ‘Sensitive Documentation: Producing the Event’ TaPRA annual conference, University of Bristol (2016)
  • ‘The Food Event: Being-in-the-Restaurant’ ASTR annual conference, Baltimore (2014)
  • ‘Playing’s the Thing: The Intersection as a Performance Epistemology’ Philosophy, Theory, Theatre: New Perspectives conference, University of Sussex (2014)
  • ‘The Interesting Intersection’ Central School of Speech and Drama (2014)
  • ‘Food: Performativity from a Phenomenological Perspective’ TaPRA annual conference, University of Kent (2012)


Journal Articles

  • Geary, Paul, ‘‘What Do You Taste Like?’ Experiencing the Other through the Mouth’, Performance Research: On Taste, 22:2 (2017)
  • Geary, Paul, ‘Technologies of Eating: Constructing Experience’, Feast, Issue 1: Cutlery (2016)
  • Geary, Paul, ‘Preface’, HARTS & Minds Journal, Vol. 2 Issue 1: Food (2014)



  • Geary, Paul, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, playstosee.com (2013)
  • Geary, P. (2011) ‘Book review of Nabokov’s Cinematic Afterlife by Ewa Mazierska’, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 4:2 (2011)