Our research builds on strong regional, national and international partnerships.
I am Associate Professor in Live Art and Spatial Practices, and an active member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices. I generate Practice-as-Research across a range of contexts. For example, a recent Practice-as-Research project called 'Where to build the walls that protect us' developed new methods to imagine our future cities, through the use of disrupted walking and playful sited encounters with 'experts' from the fields of climate change, city planning, etc.
My research and teaching focus on a range of diverse areas, which explore issues of the body, culture and identity in training and performance. She has trained and taught for many years in martial arts, yoga, Buddhism, Indian dance, movement, physical theatre, body awareness and improvisation, and utilises principles from these in her work with actors and dancers.
My practical and theoretical research areas take an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to examining actor and dancer training and performance, with particular reference to the British South Asian communities.
I am an historian of nineteenth century British literature and culture, specialising in teaching and research in theatre history and women's writing. I have published on Frankenstein, Jane Austen, Victorian women playwrights, Fanny Kemble, Australian theatre, Victorian theatre and popular culture, and John Ruskin. I'm currently leading an AHRC-funded project on Victorian Pantomime: ‘A Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837 – 1901.
Puppetry as cultural identity
Latin American women’s performance
Latin American religious performance and religion in performance
Latin American popular performance
Applied theatre in health
My current research examines black British theatre in relation to the cultural and political spaces of Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. My monograph, provisionally entitled Black British Theatre: A Transnational Perspective, will be published by Routledge in 2016. I have written about contemporary black British playwrights and conducted a number of filmed interviews with leading theatre practitioners for the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive website. I also wrote a ten-part documentary about the history of black performance on the British stage and screen which was presented by Lenny Henry and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
In March 2016 I was a guest speaker at a cross Whitehall event arranged by the Civil Service Race Forum for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and in June I was invited to adjudicate a three week national speech and drama festival in Zimbabwe, seeing presentations from over 7,000 school students.