I am Lecturer in Drama (Shakespeare and the Classics). My research focuses on ancient Greek drama and epic in contemporary re-performance, interactions between the traditional arts and modern theatre-making, and contemporary storytelling practices. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Associate of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford).
My recent publications include 'Greek Tragedy, Agonistic Space, and Contemporary Performance' (New Theatre Quarterly, 2018), 'It Happens in Ballads: Scotland, Utopia, and Traditional Song in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' (in Understanding Scotland Musically, 2018), 'Staging a Transforming Great Britain: Tamlane, the Social Turn, and the 2014 Referendum' (in Re-Thinking Literary Identities, 2018), 'Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon's Gaze' (Arion, 2015), and 'Ercles' Vein: Heracles as Bottom in Ted Hughes' Alcestis' (Classical Receptions Journal, 2014). I am also co-authoring a volume called Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor (Palgrave Macmillan, projected 2019).
Alongside my academic research I work as a professional storyteller, creating new performances of old tales for and with audiences across the UK, and beyond. This work informs my leadership of BA (Hons) Drama's final-year Storytelling elective, and my foundation of 'The Juniper Tree', a groundbreaking student-led storytelling club in the heart of Liverpool. I also use storytelling to help other academics communicate their research, and I am currently working with the AHRC-funded project 'Iron Age and Roman Heritages: Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain' (University of Durham and King's College, London).
To date I have supervised several PhD projects focusing on actor-training, and contemporary adaptations of ancient drama. I would be interested in discussing potential postgraduate projects exploring classical receptions, contemporary storytelling practices, or related topics.