My research concerns millennial politics, philosophy and aesthetics in theatre and performance, and the advent of metamodern structures of thinking in contemporary art and culture. I am also interested in performing archives, docu-theatre and active engagement within theatre for young audiences.
‘Hope/Less: The Politics of Metamodern Theatre' - Paper presented as part of the 4th AHRC Metamodernism conference, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. July 2019. (Upcoming)
'Can I Join In?: Playful Performance as Political Intervention’ – Paper presented as part of ‘Play and Democracy’: the 5th biennial Philosophy at Play conference, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. June 2019. (Upcoming)
‘Authenticity in the Arts and Media in an Era of Fake News: Loss and Hope’ – Paper presented as part of the ‘Authenticity in the Arts and Media in an Era of Fake News’ conference at The University of East London, London, UK. February 2019.
'Metamodern, Millennial Malaise in Contemporary Performance' - Paper presented as part of the 'Making Connections' Conference, University of East London, London, UK. May 2018. 'Listening Theatre: The New Politics of Millennial Performance Makers' - Paper presented as part of the NYU Educational Theatre Forum 2018: Performance as Activism at New York University, New York, USA. April 2018.
Like Lions ...is a performance project that engaged millennial participants around the UK as part of my doctoral research. The piece is based on the political, economic and human concerns of British millennials in the advent of the financial crashes, Brexit and the General Election. A series of workshops (What Now?) was coordinated around the UK before a performance was developed with Pregnant Fish Theatre in 2018. For more information, and for upcoming performance details, click here.
What Now? ...is a series of workshops for 25 - 34 year olds in conjunction with the Like Lions performance project. Each workshop is an opportunity for participants to voice their opinion on things that matter to them in the world we live in, and work together to see how we could solve these problems (if we can!). The workshops consist of friendly discussions, simple practical exercises and friendly debates. For more information, please visit these eventbrite pages.
Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? ...is a project with Pregnant Fish Theatre supported by the Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service. The piece questions what part theatre has to play in our current cultural fascination with true crime. What can theatre offer that podcasts and documentaries can’t? How can you stage an ongoing mystery? How can you bring archives (dead, inactive boxes of paper) to fresh and urgent life onstage? Part docu-theatre, part verbatim drama, part physical performance, Pregnant Fish’s new show pushes the boundaries of theatrical research and enlists the audience to help us answer the question that’s been puzzling the police for 70 years – who put Bella in the wych elm? For more information on the process, see co-writer Leah Francis' blog.
Horizontal Transaction: Plan B ...was a series of workshops in 2016 that engaged with millennials in East London. The workshops offered a space for participants to air their worries, issues and anger in performative discussions. The project became a performance piece, Plan B - a life-sized, audience played board game.