Research Output per year
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.
Individual strengths are enhanced by specialist knowledge shared between members of the department in areas such as:
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.
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.
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.
Research output: Book/Report › Edited book
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal)
Projects per year
18/05/20 → 30/04/21
Supervisor: Hindson, C. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Master's Thesis › Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Reconstructing the East German Extravaganza: Acquisition and appropriation of revue practice at the Friedrichstadt-Palast since 1945Author: MacHals, A., 23 Jan 2019
Supervisor: Elswit, K. (Supervisor) & Hindson, C. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Osborne, Gareth (Recipient), 23 Sep 2019
Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants
Activities per year
Isabel Stowell-Kaplan (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference