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Contemporary Playwriting

The school’s long-term interest in contemporary playwriting, its context, development and ecology has been explored in part through the forum of the University’s 21st Century research centre, and celebrated in three international symposia, on the work of Caryl Churchill (2011), Sarah Kane (2012) and Mark Ravenhill (2013).

Members of the school have published widely on the work of contemporary and recent British and international playwrights, theatre companies and organizations including Richard Bean, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, Carl Djerassi, David Edgar, David Grieg, Sarah Kane, Anthony Nielson, Mark Ravenhill, Yazbeck Samir, Simon Stephens, Arnold Wesker, Joint Stock and the Royal Court Theatre. They have also contributed to several recent collections about contemporary British theatre, including Modern British playwriting: voices, documents, new interpretations and The Methuen Drama guide to contemporary British playwrights.

Meanwhile, colleagues continue to work professionally in the industry as translators, dramaturgs, playwrights and directors, and have recently worked with organisations including the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, the Southbank Centre, the Place, Nottingham Playhouse, and BBC Radio 4.

Translating Cultures

Dr Mark O'Thomas has recently completed a project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council with Professor Elaine Aston of Lancaster University. Under the AHRC's Translating Cultures Translating Cultures strand, the project looked at the impact and potential of the Royal Court Theatre's work around the world. Critical exploration in this area has also benefitted from his practical experience as translator of foreign language dramas and his theorising of the practice of adaptation.

Selected publications

Bolton, Jacqueline (2015),  'Joint Stock', in Tomlin, Liz (ed.), British theatre companies: from fringe to mainstream (London: Methuen).

Stephens, Simon and Bolton, Jacqueline (2014), Pornography (Methuen Student Edition) (London: Methuen).

Bolton, Jacqueline (2013), 'Simon Stephens', in Rebellato, Dan (ed.), Modern British playwriting: voices, documents, new interpretations: the 2000s (London: Methuen).

Bolton, Jacqueline (2012), 'Capitalizing (on) new writing: new play development in the 1990s', in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 32 (2). pp. 209-225.

Bolton, Jacqueline (2012), 'Preface' in Stephens, Simon, Three kingdoms (Modern Plays) (London: Methuen).

Bolton, Jacqueline (2008), 'Looking back, looking forward: literary management at the Royal Court', in Contemporary Theatre Review, 18 (1). pp. 137-140.

Bull, John (2013) '"History Repeating Itself?": Text and image, theatre and performance: Howard Brenton and David Edgar's appropriation of the historical drama', in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 33 (2). pp. 169-185.

Bull, John (2012), 'Chinese Whispers', in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 32 (2). pp. 227-232.

Bull, John (2011), '"Nowadays the house would be called a stately home": pastoral relocations in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia', in  Sillages critiques, 13.

Bull, John (2012), 'Arnold Wesker: the Trilogy', in Pattie, David (ed.), Modern British playwriting: the 1950s: voices, documents, new interpretations. Decades of modern British playwriting (London: Methuen), pp. 171-197.

Bull, John (2011), 'Anthony Nielson', in Middeke, Martin, Peter Paul Schnierer & Aleks Sierz (eds), The Methuen Drama guide to contemporary British playwrights (London:Methuen), pp. 343-362.

Bull, John (2010), '"England People Very Nice": intercultural confusions at the National Theatre', in Staging interculturality. Contemporary Drama in English (17). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier. ISBN 9783868212327

Bull, John (2009), 'Galileo and his children: adaptation and contestation in British political theatre', in Adaptations: performing across media and genres. Contemporary Drama in English (16). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier. ISBN 9783868211481

Bull, John (2008), 'Spectacular reconstruction: innovation and appropriation in modern British drama', in Non-standard forms of contemporary drama and theatre. CDE Contemporary Drama in English (15). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 13-29. ISBN 9783868210408

Hudson, James (2013), 'Blasted at the Queen's Hotel: coincidence of sign and site', in Performance Research, 18 (2).

Hudson, James (2013), 'Absent Friends: Edward Bond's corporeal ghosts', in Platform, 7 (1). pp. 12-25.

O'Thomas, Mark (2013), 'Translation, theatre practice and the jazz metaphor', in Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 6 (1). pp. 55-64.

Yazbeck, Samir and O'Thomas, Mark (2012), 'The Ritual', in National Theatre Connections: plays for young people (London: Methuen).

O'Thomas, Mark (2012), 'Rewriting "The Book of Disquiet"', in Word and Text - A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, 2 (2). pp. 173-179.

O'Thomas, Mark (2010), 'Analysing the screenplay: a comparative approach', in Nelmes, Jill (ed.), Analysing the screenplay (Abingdon:Routledge), pp. 237-250.

O'Thomas, Mark (2010), 'Turning Japanese: Translation, adaptation and the ethics of trans-national exchange', in Adaptation studies: new approaches (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press), pp. 46-60.

O'Thomas, Mark (2010)'"Brokeback Mountain" on the London Underground', in Redefining Adaptation Studies (Lanham: Scarecrow Press), pp. 45-53.