Dr Catriona Fallow BA Hons, MA, PhD

Photograph of Dr Catriona Fallow

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Research Fellow

Contact details

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

I joined the department as a Teaching Fellow in September 2016 after teaching at Queen Mary University of London. From July 2017, I will be working as a Research Fellow on the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As part of this project, my research will focus on Pinter’s relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company.


  • PhD (2016) in Drama, Queen Mary University of London
  • MA with Distinction (2010) in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London
  • BA first-class honours (2009) in English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London


In 2016, I completed my PhD Queen Mary University of London, where I also worked as a Teaching Associate, before joining the department at Birmingham in September 2016 as a Teaching Fellow. My thesis, ‘Past and Present Plays: New Work at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe’, considered how and why these contemporary Shakespearean companies stage new plays by contemporary playwrights, what forms those new works take, and how they are positioned in relation to the Shakespearean canon.

My work has been published in Studies in Theatre and Performance, and has been presented internationally at Harvard’s Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research, Performance Studies International, and the International Federation for Theatre Research.

In July 2017, I joined the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project as a Research Fellow. Led by Dr Mark Taylor-Batty from the School of English at the University of Leeds, with co-investigators Professor Jonathan Bignell (Reading) and Professor Graham Saunders (Birmingham), the project explores what performance aesthetics have been attached to Pinter’s work over the course of his career and what impact his work has had on the broader palette of British performance (stage and screen) history since the late 1950s.

To learn more about the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, please visit: http://pinterlegacies.com

Or follow us on social media: @pinterlegacies


Broadly, my research interests lie in in contemporary British and European playwriting, and Shakespeare and early modern performance (both historically and their contemporary iterations and significance). Specifically, my work focuses on post-war British playwriting, its relationship to the theatrical past, intersections with contemporary European theatre practice(s), and the evolving status of New Writing within Britain’s theatre ecology.

As part of the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, my work will focus initially on Pinter’s relationship to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) during the 1960s and 1970s. This work intersects with my broader research on the origins and evolution of contemporary playwriting at the RSC.

Other activities

Selected Conference Presentations:

‘The What If’s of History: Howard Brenton at Shakespeare’s Globe’, The Past is Back on Stage: Medieval and Early Modern England on the Contemporary Stage, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier, May 2017.

‘Reconsidering a Reconstruction: Shakespeare’s Globe as a Space for New Work’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Stockholm University, June 2016.

‘“All the World’s an Xbox”: Layering Past and Present in New Work at the Royal Shakespeare Company’, Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), University of Warwick, August 2014.

‘Writing in Residence at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe’, Turning the Page: Creating New Writing 1945-2013, University of Reading, September 2013.

‘Writing, Rewriting and New Writing in British Theatre’, International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), New Scholars’ Forum, Barcelona, July 2013.

‘Historicising the New: Documenting New Theatre Writing in Britain’, Performance Studies International (PSi), Stanford University, June 2013.


Catriona Fallow, ‘The Plays of Peter Oswald: New Writing at Shakespeare’s Globe 1998–2005’ in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 34.1 (2014), 90-96.

Catriona Fallow, ‘Book Review of Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009 ed. by Dan Rebellato’, Platform: Postgraduate Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 8.1 (2014), 117-121.

View all publications in research portal