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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Drama research

Research picDrama at Kingston University promotes an active research culture, driven by a close-knit, dynamic team of researchers.

The diverse research interests of our academics and students constellate around three main themes:

Contemporary performance practices

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Applied theatre

Contemporary theatre and performance

  • British theatre
  • Feminist and queer theatres
  • Black British theatre and performance
  • The politics of representation and reception
  • Cultural institutions and policy
  • Political performance
  • Protest and performance
  • Contemporary practitioners, including Howard Barker, Debbie Tucker Green, Robert Lepage, Anthony Neilson

Popular performance

  • Carnival
  • Commedia dell'arte
  • Neo-burlesque
  • Feminist and stand-up comedy
  • Cultural histories of popular performance
  • Musical theatres
  • Theatres of empire and colonial performance

Many of our academics are also performance practitioners: actors, directors, amd writers. Our research has a strong emphasis in creative practice with a belief in the power of performance as a way of imagining or embodying a more socially equitable world.

The cross-cultural nature of our enquiry is reflected also in the interdisciplinary research units our academics contribute to: Creative Process (CPRU), Popular Culture (PCRU) and Audio Culture (ACRU).

We welcome proposals for postgraduate research (including practice-based) in all of the above areas.

Download information on how to apply for a PhD in Drama.


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Writers' Centre Kingston: Loving


7.00pm, Thursday, 11 January 2018
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1HL

Writer's Centre Kingston is a literary cultural centre dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events from talks to workshops and festivals.

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