Our work in this area covers a range of theatre histories, as well as conceptual and critical approaches to the study and construction of theatrical history.
The specialisms of the department include histories of popular theatre and performance; twentieth century British theatre, including playwrights, adaptations and appropriations of Early Modern plays, funding and the Arts Council; Irish and Russian theatre; the Historical Avant Garde; Victorian theatre; genealogies of Live and Performance Art; and approaches to heritage and legacy in performance.
- 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
Emeritus Professor of Drama
Key areas of research:
- Shakespeare on screen
- Representations of the theatre in film and in other media
- 19th century British Theatre
- Samuel Beckett.
- Contemporary British theatre and performance.
- Performance and popular culture.
- 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
- 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