Dr Adrian Curtin



Death in Modern Theatre: Stages of Mortality, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2019.

Avant-Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


The Absurdity of Denial: Staging the American Way of Death, New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 2, 2017, 125-142

Recomposing Genet: Analysing the Musicality of 'playing the maids', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 27, no. 2, 2017, 177-194

"O Body Swayed to Music: The Allure of Jacqueline du Pré as Spectacle and Drama", Studies in Musical Theatre, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015, 143-159

with Roesner D, "Sounding Out 'the Scenographic Turn': Eight Position Statements", Theatre and Performance Design, vol. 1, no. 1-2, 2015, 107-125

"The Art Music of Theatre: Howard Barker as Sound Designer", Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 32, no. 3, 2012, 269-284

"Engaging Death, Drama, the Classroom, and Real Life", Pedagogy, vol. 11, no. 1, 2011, 206-210

"Cruel Vibrations: Sounding Out Antonin Artaud's Production of Les Cenci", Theatre Research International, vol. 35, no. 3, 2010, 250-262

"Hearing Joyce Speak: The Phonograph Recordings of 'aeolus' and 'Anna Livia Plurabelle' as Audiotexts", James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 2, 2009, 269-284

"Alternative Vocalities: Listening Awry to Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King", Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, vol. 42, no. 2, 2009, 101-118

"Dumb Reading: The Noise of the Mute in Jonson's Epicene", Comparative Drama, vol. 43, no. 1, 2009, 45-62

with Shrayer M, "Netting the Butterfly Man: The Significance of Vladimir Nabokov in W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants", Religion and the Arts, vol. 9, no. 3, 2005, 258-283


Attending to Theatre Sound Studies and Complicite's The Encounter, in Snaith A (eds) Literature and Sound, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019

The Neo-Futurists(') Take on Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude, in Reilly K (eds) Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre, Palgrave, 2017

"Designing Sound for Shakespeare: Connecting Past and Present", in Brown JR, Di Benedetto S (eds) Designers' Shakespeare, London: Routledge, 2016

"Recalling the Theatre Phone", in Reilly K (eds) Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technologies: Historical Interfaces and Intermedialities, London: Palgrave, 2013, 214-231

"Vibration, Percussion and Primitivism in Avant-Garde Performance", in Enns A, Trower S (eds) Vibratory Modernism, London: Palgrave, 2013, 227-247

"Noises On: Sights and Sites of Sound in Apollinaire's The Breasts of Tiresias", in Roesner D, Kelso L (eds) Theatre Noise: The Sound of Performance, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012, 124-138

"Defining and Reconstructing Theatre Sound", in Collins J, Nisbett A (eds) Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography, London: Palgrave, 2010, 218-222


Performance, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Intellect Books, 2016

Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction, Studies in Theatre and Performance, 2016

Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter, Theatre Research International, vol. 40, no. 1, 2015, 124-125

Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015

Howard Barker's Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe, Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 35, no. 3, 2015, 260-262

The Avant-Garde: Race, Religion, War, Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 34, no. 2, 2014, 177-179

Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice, Theatre Journal, vol. 62, no. 4, 2010, 706-707

The Senses in Performance, Theatre Journal, vol. 60, no. 2, 2008, 317-318

Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker, vol. 59, no. 1, 2007, 146-147

Death, The One and the Art of Theatre, Theatre Journal, vol. 58, no. 1, 2006, 166-177

Editorial comments

with Roesner D, Sounds Good, Theatre and Performance Design, vol. 2, 2016, 184-187