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Personal profile

External Activities

  • India - Keynote address 'Making up the deficit: ethics and praxis of democracy in Applied Theatre' : International Symposium on Community Theatre, MK University, Madurai, August 2007
  • India-Lecture 'Antigone and women characters as a site of resistance' NSS College, Trivandrum
  • India - Workshops for Vidya (Ahmedabad) and Jana sanskriti (Kolkata) theatre companies
  • South Africa - 'The improvisatory and the re-performance of history: Magnet Theatre': paper delivered at International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Stellenbosch, July 2007
  • South Africa - Workshops for Bonfire Theatre and Jungle Theatre (Cape Town) theatre companies
  • Member of Editorial Board, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, published by University of Wales 2000-7 and University of Lincoln 2007
  • Member of AHRC College Peer Reviewers (Theatre/Drama/Performance)

Professional Activities

  • External examiner (PhD), University of Kerala, India, 1992
  • External examiner (MA in Comparative Literature), University of Kent, 1992-3
  • External examiner (PhD), University of London, 1994
  • External examiner (PhD's), University of Gujarat, India, 1996
  • External examiner (PhD), MK University, Madurai, India, 1996
  • External examiner (BA Drama), University of Wales at Aberystwyth, 1997-2001
  • External examiner (MA in Drama and Performance), University of Wales at Aberystwyth, 1998-2004
  • External examiner (PhD), University of Leeds, 2003
  • External examiner (PhD), Univeristy of Wales at Aberystwyth, 2007
  • External examiner (PhD), University of Glasgow, 2007
  • External examiner (PhD), Univeristy of Wales at Aberystwyth, 2008
  • External examiner for BA, MA and PhD at the Universities of Cape Town, South Africa; Gujarat, India; Griffith, Australia; Kerala, India; Madurai, India; Vienna; London; Kent; Aberystwyth; Leeds; Lincoln; Essex.
  • UEA Validation Adviser re. BA and MA in Acting, BA in Production, Mountview Theatre Academy, London, 2001-2005, 2013
  • Member of Editorial Board, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, published by University of Wales at Aberystwyth, 2000-2007 and University of Lincoln 2007>
  • Member of AHRC College of Peer Reviewers (Theatre/Drama/Performance), 2008>
  • Directing, teaching, workshops, lectures and project work in India and South Africa, 1984-2013

Specialisms

Dramatic theory and practice, esp. improvisation; 19th and 20th century European theatre; theatre in India and South Africa applied theatre and performance; performance and ecology.

Biography

Research and teaching in European theatre, Indian theatre, South African theatre, consciousness and reception in performance, absurd theatre, performance theory, feminist theatre, improvisation, Modernism and Postmodernism, theatre and development. I’ve written on fantasy theory, reception theory, performance theory, improvisation, Modernism and Postmodernism, English poetry, French and Indian theatre, the French New Novel, etc.

I’ve adapted for the stage, translated from German and French, directed in Norwich and India, acted in English, French and German. I have undertaken thorough training in teaching methodologies, practical drama skills, listening and counselling skills.

Teacher, theatre director, performer, actor trainer, writer, editor, translator, project leader.

Final post: Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature. Previously Head of French and (for a long time) Chair of Drama programmes.

 

My career spans an engagement with language and cultural production from Europe to India, from comparative criticism to postcolonial theory, from teaching innovations to directing practice; theatre and performance in France, Germany, Poland, the UK, India and Asia, South Africa.

 I made a founding international contribution to research into consciousness and the arts; developed further specializations in improvisation, Indian and Asian theatre; and in theatre in and as development, which comes out of theatre practice as training for personal and communal creativity, but also opens out into democracy as practice. I work currently in many of these areas as well as on performance and ecology; including close co-operation with India’s leading Forum Theatre/Theatre of the Oppressed organisation, Jana Sanskriti.

 Books include Improvisation in Drama, Indian Theatre, and Sacred Theatre and a translation (from German) of Birgit Fritz’s InExactArt: the Autopoietic Theatre of Augusto Boal.

 Directing includes many productions for UEA Drama, many in French for my UEA-based company Sacré Théâtre (probably the only permanent French-language company in the UK), others for Sewell Barn Theatre Norwich and for institutions and venues in Wales, India and South Africa (e.g. Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Genet, Pirandello, Strindberg, Rózewicz, Kokoschka, Dickens, Orton, Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Shakespeare, Tanvir).

 Among other things, I have been a clown (Feste in Twelfth Night), a saint (Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral), a French homosexual speaking bad German (in Lessing’s Miss Sara Sampson), a colonial wife (Betty in Churchill’s Cloud Nine), a witch (in Macbeth), a cricket-loving Jewish Godfather (Goldberg in The Birthday Party) and a sado-masochistic erotomaniac fantasising as a French General (in Genet’s The Balcony).

 Two principles have evolved as conclusions arrived at through practice: that leadership works best as collaborative co-creation, and that real advances always involve sorties across borders: hence a commitment to cross-disciplinary and cross-systemic exploration, and to taking co-creators along as a teacher, a director, a writer and a planner.