Drama Department Research

Members of staff in the Drama Department belong to the Creative Processes in the Performance Arts research cluster and are internationally recognised for their research and practice in their respective areas. They are members and active contributors to several working groups at the Theatre and Performance Research Association and regularly present at national and international conferences.

The department welcomes applications for students to study at PhD and MPhil level. Please contact a member of the department to discuss your area of interest.

Dr Paul Johnson has published on theatre and museums, theatre and philosophy and has close research links with Vincent Dance Theatre and Jasmin Vardimon Company, two leading physical theatre companies in the UK. His book Quantum Theatre: Science and Contemporary Performance was published in 2012.

Peter Cann’s works as a playwright has been produced by companies such as: Birmingham Rep, Shared Experience, Welsh National Opera, Absolute Theatre, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 Television, The Resurrectionists and Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble. He has written librettos for operatic works which have been performed in South Africa, Jamaica, Australia and America as well as the UK. He was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 1985 -1989 and now works as a free lance director in the UK and Portugal. He is currently researching into the significance and role of popular theatre and opera in contemporary performance contexts.

Sarah Browne is interested in the application of feminist and postcolonial theory to the analysis of musical theatre practice and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Winchester.

Paul Brownbill is interested in examining the role of the scenographer as a performative artist within contemporary performance practices and is currently examining the significance of scenography in the works of Samuel Beckett.

Kate Hale is interested in examining notions of intimacy and participation in one-on-one performances and live art practices and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Wolverhampton.

Helen Rudge is interested in the pedagogy of examining the student experience in higher education and is looking into developing a PhD proposal on the work of Geese Theatre company.