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Dr Adrian Curtin

Senior Lecturer


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I joined the department in 2012. I did my doctoral training at Northwestern University, where I was a Presidential Fellow, and completed the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama programme in 2011. I have also studied at Boston College and University College Cork.

My research interests include avant-garde theatre, 'modern' Western theatre, theatre sound and aurality, theatrical exploration of mortality, and thematic investigation of music in drama. I have written several book chapters and journal articles on these topics. I welcome enquiries from potential Ph.D. students about any of these areas or related topics.

My first book, Avant-Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity, supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. My second book, Death in Modern Theatre: Stages of Mortality, will be published by Manchester University Press in 2019.

In 2015, I won the Early Career Research Prize for my first book, awarded by the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). In 2010 I won the New Scholar's Prize, awarded by the International Federation of Theatre Research.

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Research interests

  • modern Western drama & theatre
  • theatre & aurality
  • theatre & mortality
  • theatre & music

I welcome enquiries from research students on any of these topics or on related fields of interest.

Research through practice

playing 'the maids'  [2013-2015]

I have collaborated with The Llanarth Group (Wales), Gaitkrash Theatre Company (Ireland), and Theatre P'yut (Korea) on a co-created piece of theatre entitled playing 'the maids' -- a montage of text (primarily English-language, with some Mandarin, Korean, and Irish), psychophysical scores, choreography, and sound compositions.

playing ‘the maids’ previewed at the Granary Theatre in Cork in June 2014 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. It premiered at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, in February 2015 before touring other venues in Wales. This tour was funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

For more information see this press release, this article in Exeunt, this essay in Wales Arts Review, and this review in British Theatre Guide.


External impact and engagement


In 2017, I won a University of Exeter Students' Guild award for research-inspired teaching. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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