School of English and Drama

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Areas of Supervisory Expertise

Staff in Drama possess a wide range of expertise and contribute to a graduate research culture where interdisciplinary work thrives, especially with Geography, Film, Business and Management, English, Languages, and History.

Within our four main – but overlapping – strands of research, on cultural histories of performance, transnational performance, live art, and applied performance, we offer supervision across topics including, but by no means limited to:

  • Performance and the city
  • Site-specific performance and installation art
  • Space and place
  • Applied and socially engaged theatre and performance, especially in relation to young people, older people, prisons, Brazil, development, democracy and human rights
  • Theatre in Education
  • National, intercultural, and transnational performance, especially in relation to the UK, Europe (particularly Ireland, Spain, Italy), South Africa, Canada, USA, Latin America (particularly Argentina and Brazil), and New Zealand
  • Cultural identities
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism
  • Cultural economics of performance
  • Cultural value and cultural policy
  • Labour
  • Democracy
  • Community
  • Theatre and political economy
  • Live Art and Performance Art
  • Subcultural histories
  • Gender and sexuality, especially feminist, gay, lesbian, and queer performance histories and practices
  • Early modern drama in performance, especially early modern and contemporary contexts
  • Directing and directors’ theatre
  • Theories and histories of actor training
  • Contemporary performance-making processes and practitioners
  • Translation
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatricality
  • Audience and spectatorship
  • Affect
  • Senses in performances
  • ‘The body’ and embodiment
  • Tragedy
  • Opera and music theatre
  • Dance theatre and physical theatre
  • Cultural performance history and historiography
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