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Jim Davis wins David Bradby Award

The David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2017 has been awarded to Jim Davis, University of Warwick, for Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The judges felt that the book moved adroitly across concept, example (actor), and exemplification (illustration) to account for the reciprocity of interest, nomenclature, and patronage between Georgian-era performers and painters. Without a shred of pedantry readers are coached in the criteria by which to understand what it means for a painter to capture something “inherently theatrical” about a specific character yet also incorporate the accumulation of a performer’s reputation and the epitome of their unique technique.

Tue 20 June 2017, 09:43 | Tags: Prof. Jim Davis, Award, Comic Acting

Cultures of the Left: Manifestations and Performances Colloquium hosted at Warwick


Cultures of the Left: Manifestations and Performances

Colloquium June 5th and 6th 

(Supported by British Academy and Connecting Cultures GRP

On the anniversary of the October Revolution, questions of the Left have been re-emerging as timely and urgent. This colloquium explores how to live and do Leftist politics in response to injustices of our own time.


After workshops at Warwick (UK) and JNU (India) earlier this year, British Academy Partnership project Cultures of the Left: Manifestations and Performances gathers again for a series of talks and discussions, asking: How can the cultural and ethical legacy of the Left inspire political resistance under neoliberalism? How does cultural Left imagine and perform new ways of doing Left politics to integrate a range of issues (i.e. immigration, nationalism, gender, etc.)? Can performances and manifestations of the cultural Left be explored as means of rethinking the structure of Leftist political organisation and mobilisation in a global context?



Dr Ameet Parasvaram (JNU) & Dr Igor Štiks (University of Edinburgh):



Prof. Elaine Aston (Theatre, Lancaster University)

Prof. Samik Bandyopadhyay (Theatre, JNU)

Dr Anna Hájková (History, Warwick)

Dr Brahm Prakash (Theatre and Performance, JNU)

Prof. Andy Lavender (Theatre & Performance Studies, Warwick)

Prof. Janelle Reinelt (Theatre & Performance Studies, Warwick)

Prof. Anupama Roy (Centre for Political Studies, JNU)

Dr Mallarika Sinha Roy (Women Studies, JNU)

Dr Illan Rua Wall (Law, Warwick)


Tue 06 June 2017, 17:32 | Tags: staff, research seminar, Research

Jim Davis and Anna Harpin short-listed for Book Awards


Two Warwick theatre and performance academics have been short-listed by the Theatre and Performance Research Association for book awards. Jim Davis’s monograph Comic Acting and Performance in Late-Georgian and Regency England has been shortlisted for the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance. Anna Harpin’s Performance and Participation: Practices, Audiences, Politics, jointly edited with Helen Nicholson, has been shortlisted for the TaPRA Prize for Editing (Edited Collection or Special Issue).

Wed 31 May 2017, 06:28 | Tags: staff, publications, press, media, Research, impact

Dr. Anna Harpin's new show 'WHAT IF THE PLANE FALLS OUT OF THE SKY?' now on national tour


What if the plane falls out of the sky? is a playful and unusual story-led piece about fear, anxiety, and the idiosyncratic and frankly absurd strategies we employ to manage our sense of impending doom. It involves a moving story set in the grounds of Fear Camp, gleeful audience participation, and complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks. What if the plane falls out of the sky? is a tender and giddily-told story about feelings we all recognise.

Presented by Idiot Child with Bristol Old Vic Ferment, What if the plane falls out of the sky? is touring in Spring 2017. Venues include Bristol Old Vic, Shoreditch Town Hall, and the Bike Shed, Exeter.

Find out more about Idiot Child and the tour here:

Sun 14 May 2017, 20:17 | Tags: staff, impact

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