Dr Fiona Wilkie

Senior Lecturer

Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance


Fiona Wilkie is a senior lecturer in the Drama, Theatre and Performance department. She has published and presented on various aspects of British site-specific performance and, more recently, on performance applications of the 'mobility turn' in the social sciences. Fiona's monograph, Performance, Transport and Mobility: Making Passage, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015; it investigates how performance moves, how it engages with ideas about movement, and how it potentially shapes our experiences of movement.


BA English (first class), University of Southampton (1996)

MA Performance Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama (1997)

PhD, University of Surrey (2004)

Research projects undertaken

Membership of professional bodies

Consultancies undertaken

Teaching interests



 ‘Beyond the Blank Canvas: Lone Twin’s The Boat Project’,Contemporary Theatre Review, vol.23:4, 2013, pp.563-567.

‘Site-specific performance and the mobility turn’,Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 22:2, 2012, pp.203-212.

'"Choreographies of nationhood": performing aviation as spectacle', PUBLIC, 45, Art and Civic Spectacle, spring 2012, pp.200-211.

'The armchair traveller: Küba on the move',TDR 55:3 (T211, Fall 2011), pp. 164-172.

'"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards": performance, site and remembering',About Performance no. 7, 2007, pp.25-43.

'Kinds of Place at Bore Place: Site-Specific Performance and the Rules of Spatial Behaviour',New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 71, August 2002, pp.243-260.

'Mapping the Terrain: A Survey of Site-Specific Performance in Britain',New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 70, May 2002, pp.140-160.

'The Tourist Encounter'.Total Theatre Magazine, Vol. 14, Issue 1, Spring 2002.


Performance, Transport and Mobility: Making Passage (Palgrave; forthcoming in 2014)

'"What's there to be scared of in a train?": Transport & Travel in Europe' in Clare Wallace & Anja Muller, eds, Cosmotopia: Transnational Identities in David Greig's Theatre, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011, pp. 151-165.

'The Production of 'Site': Site-Specific theatre' in Nadine Holdsworth & Mary Luckhurst, eds, Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama, Blackwell, 2008, pp.87-106.

'Documenting Live and Mediated Performance: the Blast Theory Case Study' in Goodman, L. & Milton, K. (eds) A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation (Performing Arts Data Service Guides to Good Practice), Oxbow Books.


'Performance and the Spatial Turn' (review article), Theatre Journal, 67:4, December 2015, pp.735-745

‘Wri(gh)ting walking’ (review article of Wrights & Sites A Mis-Guide to Anywhere), PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 86, Vol. 29, No. 2, May 2007, pp.108-112.

Performance and Place, eds. Leslie Hill and Helen Paris (Palgrave 2006), Performance Research

Theatre/Archaeology, Mike Pearson and Michael Shanks (Routledge 2001), Contemporary Theatre Review


Conference papers

Keynote: '“It’s a big world in here”: contemporary voyage drama and the politics of mobility', CDE conference, Eichstaett, Germany, May 2016.

Keynote: ‘A Book of Motion (revised edition)’ Terror on Tour conference, Chichester, April 2016.

‘Walking/cruising/motoring: performing place on the move’, Performing Place symposium, University of Chichester, 1 June 2013.

‘Captives, voyagers, clandestines and traders: performing mobility through boat travel’, Performance Studies International conference, Leeds, June 2012.

'Mobility machines: performing memory on the road', Performance Studies International conference, Utrecht, May 2011.

‘‘Public’ transport, ‘private’ space’, Performance Studies International conference, Toronto, June 2010.

'In transit: performance, mobility and train travel', research seminar at University of Surrey, October 2009.

'Nothing is moving: train travel and performance', Living Landscapes conference, University of Aberystwyth, June 2009.

'En route: performance, transport and mobility', Sites of Performance conference, Nottingham University, April 2009.

Panel on London as a space of performance, London Theatre Seminar, January 2008.

"Nothing is moving": performance, mobility and train travel', Centre for Theatre Research in Europe seminar, Roehampton University, October 2007.

'A Place of One's Own', Performance Studies International conference, London, June 2006.

'Whose work is it anyway? performance, authorship and the spaces of analysis', IFTR conference, Maryland, June/July 2005 (performance analysis working group).

'Out of place: negotiating site-specificity', public lecture at the Oerol Festival, Netherlands, June 2005.

'Hybrid Identities? space and spectatorship', Anywhere But the Stage symposium, Woking Dance Festival/University of Surrey, March 2005.

'Off Site: responsive and resistant spaces', Site/Sight - Source/Resource symposium, University of Exeter, September 2004.

'Shifting sites: in between places', University of Exeter Site/Sight series, October 2003.

'Hybrid Identities: The Spectator and the Space'. Research Seminar, University of Kent at Canterbury. March 2003.

'Archaeologies of Memory: Mike Pearson's Bubbling Tom'. International Federation for Theatre Research. Amsterdam. July 2002. [Winner of the IFTR New Scholar's Prize 2002]

'Archaeologies of Memory: Mike Pearson's Bubbling Tom'. The Performance of Place, University of Birmingham. May 2001.


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