Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance
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In 2017, Professor Adrian Heathfield curated the Taiwanese Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, one of the world's leading arts festivals. The exhibition, Doing Time, featured the works of the renowned artist Tehching Hsieh.

Professor Heathfield is an expert in the fields of performance art, experimental theatre and dance. He has collaborated with leading artists and arts organisations across the world.

Simon Bayly with Johanna Linsley are working on Acts of Assembly, a project examining the nature of one of the most understudied practices in the modern workplace: face-to-face meetings.

The project, which received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, is identifying the performances and feelings that are a feature of these events, which are simultaneously maligned and disliked, yet remain a hugely enduring form of interaction.

Professor Graham White produced a play for BBC Radio 4 in 2017 centered around the Hague trail of Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'. General Mladic Is Waving was broadcast in the aftermath of the conviction of former general at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Professor White has produced a number of plays for the BBC, including an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd and dramatisations of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table and Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.

Dr Ioana Szeman has been helping to dismantle stereotypes of Roma, Europe's largest minority group, through her research into how they are depicted in performance art.

Her research examines how stereotypes of Roma are reproduced in performances, the lack of government support for cultural and social policies and the problematic addition of "Roma" elements in the school curricula. Dr Szeman has toured Europe sharing her findings with NGOs, festival organisers, musicians and practitioners.

Leslie Hill has produced Sex, Suffrage and the State, a book reflecting on the representation of women in British drama and theatre from the 1890s until the First World War.

The book, published in 2018 to mark the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage by representation, examines key characters created and issues debated on stage by prominent dramatists such as George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Robins and Oscar Wilde.