Department of Theatre

  • BS8 1UP

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Academics in the Department of Theatre have expertise in theatre history, dance, contemporary performance, and adaptation and translation.

We disseminate our research through publications, performances, and papers delivered at national and international conferences, and we also engage the general public in many of our activities.

Strengths

Individual strengths are enhanced by specialist knowledge shared between members of the department in areas such as:

Performance practice

As artistic directors of their own theatre companies, Simon Jones of Bodies in Flight and Paul Clarke of Uninvited Guests bring practical, industry-based knowledge to bear on their scholarship. Other members of the department use their experience as dancers, dramaturgs, and directors to conduct their research.

History

Performance historians Kate Elswit, Catherine Hindson, Katja Krebs, and Eleanor Rycroft research the field from the medieval period through to the twentieth century, investigating the politics of dance and musicals, the social histories of theatre, intercultural and cross-cultural theatrical exchanges, and practice-based research into the early English drama.

Archives

All members of the department trace the remains of the drama through archival research, work that is enriched by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and its extensive archive of letters, photographs, designs and artworks, alongside multimedia and digital material, and costumes and objects.

Adaptation and Translation

Katja Krebs is the co-founder of the first academic journal, the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, to investigate the phenomena of adaptation and translation in performance and film. We work across the university in this area and collaborations have included, for example, Modern Languages and the Department of Religion and Theology.

Clusters and collaborations

We collaborate on projects with practitioners, venues, heritage organisations and film-makers, as well as other academics, and have relationships with organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, InBetween Time Festival, and Mayfest.

We also actively participate in research clusters and centres across the University including Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Transnational Modernisms, Political Cultures, and BIRTHA.

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    Research Output

    Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century British Theatre

    Hindson, C. (ed.), Cochrane, C. (ed.), Reid, T. (ed.) & Goddard, L. (ed.), 2021, (In preparation) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

    Bin Boğalar Efsanesi (original language is Turkish): Where To?

    Ellison, M., Jones, S. & Kemal, Y., 24 May 2020, (In preparation) 300 p. Rotterdam : Rotterdam Operadagen (tbc).

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Sherlock Holmes: Icon of Page and Stage

    Stowell-Kaplan, I., 2020

    Research output: Other contribution

    Projects

    Student theses

    Collector- Object-Researcher: An Historiographical Study of the Performativity of Archival Research

    Author: Johns, S., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Hindson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)

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    Reconstructing the East German Extravaganza: Acquisition and appropriation of revue practice at the Friedrichstadt-Palast since 1945

    Author: MacHals, A., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Elswit, K. (Supervisor) & Hindson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Prizes

    AHRC funding through a full SWW consortium studentship

    Osborne, Gareth (Recipient), 23 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Arthur Lindsay Fernie Research Fellowship

    Stowell-Kaplan, Isabel (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Arthur Lindsay Fernie Research Fellowship

    Stowell-Kaplan, Isabel (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    The London Stage and the Nineteenth Century World Conference III

    Isabel Stowell-Kaplan (Participant)

    16 Apr 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America

    Eleanor K Rycroft (Organiser), , Thomas Betteridge (Organiser), & Greg Walker (Organiser)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The London Stage and the Nineteenth Century World

    Catherine E Hindson (Participant)

    16 Apr 202019 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk