I am Associate Professor of Theatre at the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading (since 2016). I previously held full-time, permanent posts at the University of Birmingham (Drama and Theatre Arts Department, 2012-16) and Birmingham City University (School of English, 2009-12), and I also lectured at Royal Holloway, where I completed my PhD (2009).
I write about plays that excite me through their form and content and playwrights who work to challenge the relationship between the two. I’m mainly interested in modern and contemporary British, European (mostly Austrian, German and French) and American theatre (especially in its intersections with sociology, philosophy, politics and science), as well as adaptation and translation, and my work focuses on the different ways we interact with performance as spectators and critics.
I’ve published articles, book chapters and reviews and I regularly present my work in UK and European theatre conferences, while I’ve also organised such research events. My books The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange and Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground are out now by Palgrave Macmillan. I co-edit Palgrave Macmillan’s new Adaptation in Theatre and Performance series. My next monograph, Social and Political Theatre in 21st Century Britain: Staging Crisis will be published in the Methuen Drama Engage series. You can find more information on my existing publications in the relevant section of this website.
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