Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance
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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.

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.

Giulia Palladini is a researcher and critical theorist. Her work examines the politics of artistic production, social and cultural history, focusing in particular on the relations between labour and pleasure, work and free time, temporality and affect in contemporary performance and performance history.

Palladini’s 2017 book, The Scene of Foreplay, proposes the idea of foreplay as a theoretical framework for discussing a particular mode of performance production, existing outside of predetermined structures of recognition in terms of professionalism, artistic achievement, and a logic of eventfulness.

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.

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.

Joe Kelleher’s work on spectatorship, and the poetics and politics of contemporary theatre, includes the monograph The Illuminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images (Routledge 2015), the co-edited collection Thinking though Theatre and Performance (Methuen Drama 2019), and numerous essays.

The Illuminated Theatre is a book about theatricality and spectatorship in the early twenty-first century. In a wide-ranging analysis that draws upon theatrical, visual and philosophical approaches, it asks how

Professor Leslie Hill is co-director, with Helen Paris, of the company Curious, which was produced over 50 performance, film and installation works investigating questions of place, environment and the senses, pioneering work in immersive performance and socially engaged practice as well as collaborating with the biological sciences.

Wild Longings is a sensuous horticultural journey celebrating diversity, interconnectivity and survival in times of upheaval and change.

Professor Graham White produced a play for BBC Radio 4 in 2017 centred 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.

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.