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, an Associate of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford), and an External Associate of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of South Wales).
Recent publications include 'Unfixing Epic: Homeric Orality and Contemporary Performance' (in Epic Performances, 2018), '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), and 'Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon's Gaze' (Arion, 2015). I am also co-author of Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
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).