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Biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Drama, having joined the Department of Performing Arts in 2008. My work as a researcher is concerned with the intersection of theatre and performance and the cultural politics of post-1989 Europe. In most of my writings I try to highlight the ways that cultural practice shapes and evokes notions of national identity and the elusive experience of Europeanness. In the monograph that I am currently completing, I engage with the vexed relation between Britain and Europe and the role of theatre in reevaluating that relation. Encountering Europe on British Stages: Performances and Politics since 1990 I examine some key texts and performances that were staged in Britain since the fall of the Berlin Wall; I argue that a study of British theatre in the last quarter-century offers a fascinating insight into how British Euroscepticism evolved, while complicating the binarist Europe vs Britain logic  that dominated the 2016 EU referendum and subsequent Brexit vote.

Another strand of my research focuses on the ethics and politics of representing forced displacement. I have written about live art, devised performance and public installations that attempt to respond to the plight of the refugee and protest against the legal structures that frame asylum-seekers in Fortress Europe. 

In 2013, alongside Philip Hager, I founded the Inside/Outside Europe Research Network, a gathering of a group of ECR in theatre/performance and sociology. The aim of the first round of that project was to explore crises as performance and performances of crises in austerity-struck Europe. Findings of that work have been published in the volume Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe (Palgrave 2015). We are currently planning the next phase of the project, hoping that we will invite new members and launch the new phase in late 2019/early 2020.

I have served as General Secretary of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) and I was one of the convenors of the Performance, Identity, Community Working Group. I often participate in the annual conferences of the International Federation of Theatre Research and the German Association for Contemporary Drama in English. I am currently working alongside colleagues from the University of Barcelona on a project entitled 'British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community'. In 2018 I was appointed Associate Editor for the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance.

At the University of Winchester, I teach in BA Drama, covering mostly areas of contemporary performance theory and practice, contemporary British theatre, dramaturgy, politics of performance and theatre and identities. I often use my research as stimulus for teaching and I enjoy unpacking complex ideas through seminars, workshops and task-based learning. I also supervise PhD students and I welcome expressions of interest from anyone with an interest in any of my areas of expertise.

Areas of expertise

  • Theatre and cultural politics of Europe 
  • Post-1989 British and European Drama and Theatre
  • Performance and migration/forced displacement
  • Politics of Performance
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre and the nation
  • Cultural histories of British Euroscepticism

Publications

  • "Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance. Inside/Outside Europe." Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager (eds). Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • "Sharing the Moment: Europe, Affect and Utopian Performatives in the Eurovision Song Contest" in Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Karen Fricker & Milija Gluhovic (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013.
  • "Europhile or Eurosceptic? Gaps in the Narrative and Performances of Panic" (co-written with Philip Hager) in Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens. Ally Walsh & Myrto Tsilimpounidi (eds), Zero Books, 2013.
  • "Geographies of the Imagination" in David Greig’s Theatre: Mobility, Globalization and European Identities in The Theatre of David Greig (Critical Companion). C. Wallace (ed.) London: Methuen, 2013.
  • "Members of a Chorus of a Certain Tragedy: Euripides Orestes, National Theatre of Greece" in Theatre and National Identity: Re-imagining Conceptions of the Nation. Nadine Holdsworth (ed.) London & New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • "What is missing is my place in the world: The Utopian Dramaturgy of David Greig" in COSMOTOPIA: Transnational Identities in David Greig’s theatre. Anja Muller & Clare Wallace (eds) Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011. pp. 32-49.
  • "Staging Hamlet after the in-yer-face moment"Contemporary Theatre Review Backpages 20.4 (2010): pp. 501-4.
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