Dr Maggie Inchley, BA Hons (Cambridge), MA PhD (London), PGCE
Senior Lecturer in Performance
I grew up in Lincolnshire, attending state schools in the area. I then did a BA in English at Cambridge before going abroad to teach English in Japan and Mexico. On returning to Britain I did a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and taught in schools in and around London. In 2005 I took a Diploma in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy, and have directed and developed new plays for the stage and radio since then. At Birkbeck, University of London I did an MA in Modern Literature and Drama, and then a PhD, which I received in 2011. After teaching at Birkbeck and the University of Surrey I came to Queen Mary as a Lecturer in Performance in 2013.
In the 2015-16 academic year, I teach on:
- DRA120: Interventions
- DRA220: Making Contemporary Theatre
- DRA346: Livelihoods
- DRA350: Verbatim, Testimonial and Tribunal
In the 2015-16 academic year, I teach on:
- New writing and contemporary performance
- The role of the voice in the performance of contemporary identity
- Practitioner training
- Marginalised voices
- Political rhetoric
- Gender and voice
Recent and On-Going Research:
My research investigates the articulation of identity in contemporary writing and performance. I often focus specifically on the voice, attending to how writers and their processes script voices, how vocal performance is created and delivered, and how audiences hear, listen and respond to voices. In articles in the journal Contemporary Theatre Review and Theatre Research International I have explored the cultural audibility of young people, the ways in which theatre has mediated the identity of women who have killed children, and the performance of testimony of violence against women in globalised contexts. My recent book, Voice and New Writing, 1997-2007, uses the idea of voicescapes to understand the ways that voices articulated identity in theatre and politics during the New Labour government. I am currently exploring the gendered aspects of political rhetoric and how the voices of prominent female politicians such as Nicola Sturgeon and Margaret Thatcher are represented and performed in ways that reveal political and cultural interest.
I am also researching how socially engaged performance can provide opportunities for culturally marginalised voices to be heard. My collaborative project, The Verbatim Formula, with Peoples’ Palace Projects, uses techniques of verbatim theatre to gather testimonies from children and adults with experience of the social care system, aiming to create spaces for dialogue and change. Practice-based research events are being held as part of the Culture Capital Exchange Inside Out Festival and the 2015 Being Human Festival at the Wellcome Trust.
Dennis Kelly’s DNA: GCSE Student Guide (Bloomsbury, forthcoming)
Voice and New Writing: Articulating the Demos (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
‘Theatre as Advocacy: “Asking for It” and the Audibility of Women’ in Nirbhaya, “the Fearless One”’, Theatre Research International, 40 (2015), 272-287.
‘Hearing the Unhearable: the Representation of Women Who Kill Children’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 23 (2013), 192-205.
‘Hearing Young Voices on the London Stage: `Shit Bein' Seventeen Int it? Never Take Us Serious',Contemporary Theatre Review, 22 (2012), 327-343.
‘David Greig and the Return of the Native Voice’, in Transnational Identities in David Greig’s Plays, edited by Anja Müller and Clare Wallace (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011).
I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.
Employability and Outreach:
My work at Queen Mary creates links between students and outside partners through Careers and Professional Development activities as well as through the Outreach programme.
I am currently collaborating with a range of partners, including:
- Peoples’ Palace Projects, the Greater London Authority and the Big House Hackney on our collaborative project, The Verbatim Formula, for children and adults with experience of the social care system.
- Battersea Arts Centre, as part of the new University of Creativity, on the third year undergraduate employability module, Livelihoods.
- Theatre company Phakama, where two funded Evaluation Bursaries have led to employment for students.
- A range of partners, including Dash Arts, Fuel, Magic Me, Duckie, Camden Peoples Theatre, Actors Touring Company and the Tricycle, who host work placements for our MA students.
I am also working on a series of Reach workshops by staff and students for QMUL partner schools, and a film for use by sixth forms in which Drama students speak about their own experiences of learning in the Department.
In addition to my academic work I am also a practitioner, working as a director and dramaturg. I am co-Artistic Director of the Comedians Theatre Company, which has been producing work with the major Edinburgh Fringe venues since 2005. In 2014, I developed four comic dramas under the title Making the Best of It with BBC Radio Four. My on going collaboration with the Pleasance Islington, Itch: A Scratch Event has led to the development and production of new theatre and comedy, including the Fringe First winning Somewhere Beneath it All a Small Fire Burns Still by Dave Florez, and Cul-de-Sac by Matthew Osborn, which was also performed at Theatre 503. Another current piece, Here Today explores my interest in voices, which are mixed, distorted and echoed immersively through the exterior performance space.
Selected Directing and Dramaturgy
Teabags in the Fridge, Dementia Sufferers Short Films (development and director), Arc Research and NHS England Choices, 2015. These short films aimed at carers of dementia sufferers are being used for training in hospital trusts, councils and care homes across North East England.
Making the Best of It (Literary Development), BBC Radio Four, 2014.
Here Today, Morpheme Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, British Film Institute, 2013. This is a layered and textured multimedia exploration of memory and identity through recurring comic one-liners, sound and projection.
Itch: A Scratch Event (Convenor, Dramaturg and Director), The Pleasance, London. This is an on going new writing and performance project.
Cul-de-Sac, by Matthew Osborn, Theatre 503, December 2012. The Pleasance, Fringe Sell-Out Show Award. 2011.
Somewhere Beneath it All a Small Fire Burns Still by Dave Florez (Literary Development), Gilded Balloon, 2010, Scotsman Fringe First Award.
The School for Scandal, by R.B.Sheridan, (Adaptor and Associate Director), The Pleasance, Edinburgh, 2009.
Gagarin Way, by Gregory Burke, The Stand, Edinburgh, 2009.
Little Angels – (Dramaturg and Director), a new play by Hannah Davies, York Theatre Royal, 2008-9.
A (Disabled Transsexual) Love Story Told to a Ticket Inspector at Alton Towers, DaDa International Festival of Disabled Arts, Liverpool, 2008.
Stork Bite and Proper Lunch, a new play by Aviva Jane Carlin – Hackney Empire Studio, 2007.
Jeremy Lion for Your Entertainment, a new devised comedy by Justin Edwards, Menier Chocolate Factory, 2006.
True West, by Sam Shepard, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2006.
The Zoo Story (Director/Producer) by Edward Albee – Gilded Balloon, 2005, Winner of Acting Excellence Award, The Stage, 2005.