I am a lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Outside of academia I have worked as a writer, performer, facilitator of applied theatre and as a housing officer. My research focuses on marginalised spaces, places and peoples; I am interested in understanding how performance might reinforce, resist or otherwise feed into established discourses about the world. My PhD project examined the representation of London council estates across a variety of performance practices (mainstream, applied, site-specific), investigating the complex ways that the material, aesthetic and institutional facets of performance worked to ‘produce space’ in different productions. I am currently developing this research into a book-length project on ‘Estate’ performance in the UK and beyond.

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