I graduated from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in 1979 with an honours degree in Drama. I returned to Bretton to complete a PGCE in Drama and English (with distinction) in 1981-82. Appointed to Liverpool Hope in 1990, I embarked on an M.A. and graduated in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster in 1993. I have a PhD from the University of Reading; my thesis was entitled,' A Good Night Out?: The Popular Theatre of John Godber'. I specialise in contemporary popular theatre and am Course Leader for Level H Contemporary British Popular and Mainstream Theatre and the Dissertation; I have taught Playwriting and Devising and teach research methods to Level I Drama students. I am the award director for the MA Contemporary British Popular Theatres course. I am on the register of practitioners of the Higher Education Academy. My expertise in John Godber was a factor in the appointment of Godber as visiting professor of Contemporary Theatre at the university and I created the official John Godber website, www.johngodber.co.uk. I have lectured on various aspects of John Godber’s work in London, Krakow, New York and Angers and published articles and book chapters on the work of the Hull Truck Theatre, Willy Russell, the Royal Court Liverpool and Alan Ayckbourn.