Drama, Theatre and Performance Research Group


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About Us


The research group represents the diverse interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance academics at the university but can broadly be arranged into four key thematic priorities:

  • Participation and Social Engagement
  • Emergent practices/processes in contemporary drama, theatre and performance
  • Intergenerational methodologies
  • actor/performer/writer training

These central themes are underpinned by research related activities that address:

  • Artistic Practice: Developing ways that the university can interact and intersect with professional industry to enhance the student experience and contribute to the cultural ecology of South-East London.
  • Community/socially engaged Practice: Developing methodologies to inform arts-based practice, which can be used to further local community engagement with the university and its theatre.
  • Academic Practice: Develop agendas to facilitate collaborative practice, which contributes new knowledge and broader understanding of the field.
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Drama, Theatre and Performance Research Group News




  • Dr Nicholas Holden recently co-organised the 7th International Playwriting Symposium held in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Bolton at the University of Lincoln.

Our group members have specific expertise in:

Contemporary British Theatre

Post-Human Performance

Comedy and Society

Interactive Practices

Theatre for Young Audiences

Community Practices

Bodies in Space and Time

Translation Studies

Recently Published Research


Dr Simon Bowes has recently had two publications in leading Performance Studies Journal Performance Research: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528165.2019.1641320  and https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2019.1686583


Dr Harry Derbyshire has recently collaborated with Dr Loveday Hobson for a chapter on Human Rights as part of a brand new collection of essays that assess the work of acclaimed playwright debbie tucker green: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-34581-5_5


Professor Mark O’Thomas and Professor Elaine Aston explore the vital work of the Royal Court’s International Department in Royal Court: International: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230319486

O’Thomas also analyses theatrical responses to the financial crisis in his chapter for Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now? - https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1 and reimagines translation in a post-human world for his latest article for the International Journal for Translation Studies: https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/target.29.2.05oth


Dr Nicholas Holden has recently published a chapter for a new collection of essays that revisits the so-called in-yer-face era of British playwriting. In the chapter, Holden revisits the work of the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre to highlight their contribution to an important time in British theatre history: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030394264

Holden has also written the introduction to a brand new student edition of James Graham’s critically acclaimed play This House, which will be published in February 2021: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/this-house-9781350155534/


Dr James McLaughlin is the editor of the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training blog and regularly posts contributions to this valuable scholarly resource: http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org