Dr Elizabeth Tomlin

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

Research interests

My main research area is the analysis of European contemporary theatre (post-1990) through the lens of political and cultural theory. Following the publication of my first monograph Acts and Apparitions: Discourses on the Real in Performance Practice and Theory 1990-2010 (2013) I am currently engaged in preparing a monograph on politically-engaged theatres and spectatorship, and intend to develop this research into political dramaturgies more widely, encompassing an examination of political ‘actors’ and ‘audiences’ in the context of European democratic political systems.

A second strand of my current research concerns the politics of cultural production, with an emphasis on the British theatre industry and British arts funding and policy developments. Following the publication of my edited volume British Theatre Companies 1995-2014 (2015) I have initiated a collaborative project Incubate: Propagate which seeks, in partnership with Arts funding bodies, promoters and producers, to examine trends in emerging theatre practice and the role that Universities and Creative Producers can play in shaping the new work ecology.

Between 1999-2009 I was the writer and co-director of Point Blank Theatre and I continue developing my research-led practice in writing for performance and contemporary dramaturgies of theatre-making. Most recently, I wrote The Pool Game, inspired by Kafka’s The Trial, and directed by Di Sherlock. This toured a number of sites in the UK that evoked scenes from Kafka’s novel including Sheffield Cathedral and London’s Senate House. I am currently developing The Cassandra Commission, a spoken word solo performance piece in conjunction with my research into politically-engaged theatres and spectatorship.


Grants

  • 2012, The Pool Game, Arts Council England, £17,900
  • 2011, Acts and Apparitions, AHRC research fellowship (PI), £33,140
  • 2010, The Pool Game, Arts Council England, £5,000
  • 2005, Roses & Morphine, Arts Council England, £25,000 
  • 2004, Operation Wonderland, Arts Council England, £18,000

Supervision

I welcome PhD and Masters by Research applications from students in the areas of contemporary political theatres and performance and dramaturgical experimentation in new writing and ensemble practice. I have supervised to completion many postgraduate students on MRes (Directing and Dramaturgy), and MPhil programmes, a number of whom went on to complete PhDs, as well as the following doctoral students:

Current doctoral students (at previous institution)

  • Andrew Lennon, ‘An Uncanny Aesthetic: Investigating cross-disciplinary performative reality in contemporary theatre’

Graduated doctoral students

  • Catherine McCudden, ‘Female Representation in Contemporary Performance’ (practice-based PhD)
  • Olga Kekis, ‘Contemporary Antigones, Medeas and Trojan Women Perform on the World Stage’

Current students 


Teaching

  • MLitt Research Methods
  • MLitt Reading and Interpreting Plays
  • SH Advanced Writing for Performance

I also contribute to MLitt Theatre Practices, and will be convening SH Advanced Directing in the spring term.


Additional Information

External Responsibilities

  • Core member of the International Advisory Board for External Monitoring, Malmo Theatre Academy, Lund University
  • Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
  • Member of the editorial board of Theatre Research International
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Studies in Theatre and Performance
  • Member of International Advisory Board for the book series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • External examiner at Northumbria University


Guest Seminars, Keynotes and Plenaries

  • Keynote: ‘The Effect of Affect’. Keynote given at the University of Barcelona, March 2017, to launch the research project: “British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community”, funded by the Spanish government between Jan 2017 and Dec 2020, led by Professor Mireia Aragay
  • Keynote: ‘Ordinary Real People Only Please’. Keynote given at the Contemporary Drama in English (CDE) annual conference at the University of Reading, June 2017
  • Invited panel speaker, ‘The Future of Research Evaluation: A View from the Humanities’, Arts and Humanities Alliance, Senate House, London, 2016
  • Research Seminar, ‘The Promise of the Real’, Malmo Theatre Academy, Sweden, 2016
  • Keynote speaker, ‘Publics and politics: the promise of the real’, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015
  • Research Seminar, ‘Questions of agency and effect in contemporary theatres of resistance', Goldsmiths, University of London, 2015
  • Chair of panel (public event), Grounded, British Science Festival, Birmingham Rep, 2015
  • Chair of panel (public event), Alternatives to Austerity, Sheffield Festival of Debate, 2015
  • Invited panel speaker (public event), Is the Playwright Dead, Oxford University, 2015
  • Research Seminar, ‘From New Audiences to Audience Participation: Government Intervention and its Unintended Consequences, University of Munich, 2015
  • Research Seminar, ‘The Agency of the Spectator’, University of Manchester, 2014
  • Research Seminar, ‘I am not We’, University of Exeter, 2014
  • Closing keynote (public event), Roar of the Crowd, Senate House, London, 2014
  • Closing keynote, Turning the Page, University of Reading, 2013
  • Invited speaker, Dealing with Martin Crimp, Royal Court, 2013

Publications

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Number of items: 29.

2017

Tomlin, E. (2017) Elargir la participation : L’impact de la politique du Nouveau Parti travailliste sur les pratiques des compagnies théâtrales anglaises de 1997 à 2010. In: Troupes, Companies, Collectifs. L'Entretemps: France. (In Press)

Tomlin, L. (2017) Incubate: Propagate. Networked Ecologies of New Performance-Making. Other. Liz Tomlin. (Unpublished)

2015

Tomlin, L. (2015) 'Constellations of singularities': the rejection of representative democracy in Coney's Early Days (of a better nation). Studies in Theatre and Performance, 36(1), pp. 27-34. (doi:10.1080/14682761.2015.1111014)

Tomlin, L. (2015) Gareth White: Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 3(1), pp. 212-215. (doi:10.1515/jcde-2015-0018) [Book Review]

Tomlin, L. (2015) British Theatre Companies : 1995-2014 : Mind the Gap, Kneehigh Theatre, Suspect Culture, Stan's Cafe, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk. Series: British theatre companies: from fringe to mainstream, 3. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: London. ISBN 9781408177273

Tomlin, L. (2015) The academy and the marketplace: avant-garde performance in neoliberal times. In: Jannarone, K. (ed.) Vanguard Performance Beyond Left and Right. University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, MI, pp. 264-282. ISBN 9780472119677

2014

Tomlin, L. (2014) Citational theory in practice: a performance analysis of characterisation and identity in Katie Mitchell’s staging of Martin Crimp’s texts. Contemporary Theatre Review, 24(3), pp. 373-377. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2014.921057)

Tomlin, L. (2014) Laura Cull: Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance. New Theatre Quarterly, 30(2), pp. 197-198. (doi:10.1017/S0266464X1400030X) [Book Review]

Tomlin, L. (2014) Theatre of the Real by Carol Martin. Modern Drama, 57(2), pp. 280-282. [Book Review]

2013

Tomlin, L. (2013) Acts and Apparitions: Discourses on the Real in Performance Practice and Theory, 1990-2010. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719083723

Tomlin, L. (2013) Foreword: dramatic developments. In: Agelaki, V. (ed.) Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, viii-xxvi. ISBN 9781137010131

2012

Tomlin, L. (2012) The Pool Game. [Performance]

2011

Tomlin, L. (2011) A 'political suspension of the ethical': to be straight with you (2007) and an evening with psychosis (2009). Performing Ethos, 1(2), pp. 167-180. (doi:10.1386/peet.1.2.167_1)

2010

Tomlin, L. (2010) Beyond representation: re-membering the 'ghosts' of recent history in contemporary performance. Critical Stages, 2,

2009

Tomlin, L. (2009) 'And their stories fell apart even as I was telling them': poststructuralist performance and the no-longer-dramatic text. Performance Research, 14(1), pp. 57-64. (doi:10.1080/13528160903113205)

Tomlin, L. (2009) Making Trouble. Project Report. AIAA.

2008

Tomlin, L. (2008) Beyond cynicism: the sceptical imperative and (future) contemporary performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 18(3), pp. 355-369.

2007

Tomlin, L. (2007) Point Blank: Nothing to Declare, Operation Wonderland, and Roses and Morphine. Intellect: Bristol. ISBN 9781841501697

2006

Tomlin, L. (2006) A new tremendous aristocracy: tragedy and the meta-tragic in Barker's theatre of catastrophe. In: Gritzner, K. and Rabey, D. I. (eds.) Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. Oberon: London. ISBN 9781840026726

Tomlin, L. and Jackson, S. (2006) Innocent tourists? Neo-colonialist narratives in contemporary performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 16(1), pp. 23-30. (doi:10.1080/10486800500450940)

2005

Tomlin, L. (2005) Roses & Morphine. [Performance]

2004

Tomlin, L. (2004) English theatre in the 1990s and beyond. In: Kershaw, B. (ed.) Cambridge History of British Theatre, Volume 3. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 498-512. ISBN 9780521651325 (doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521651325.024)

Tomlin, L. (2004) Operation Wonderland. [Performance]

2002

Tomlin, L. and Jackson, S. (2002) Accessibility. In: Arrowsmith, K. (ed.) The Methuen Amateur Theatre Handbook. Methuen: London, pp. 186-196. ISBN 9780413755704

2001

Tomlin, L. (2001) Howard Barker. In: Bull, J. (ed.) British and Irish dramatists since World War II: Second Series. Series: Dictionary of literary biography, 233. Gale Group: Detroit, pp. 9-21. ISBN 9780787646509

Tomlin, L. (2001) Nothing to Declare. [Performance]

2000

Tomlin, L. (2000) The politics of catastrophe: confrontation or confirmation in Howard Barker's theatre. Modern Drama, 43(1), pp. 66-77. (doi:10.1353/mdr.2000.0052)

1999

Tomlin, L. (1999) Transgressing bounaries: postmodern performance and the tourist trap. TDR, 43(T162), pp. 136-149. (doi:10.1162/105420499760265244)

1995

Tomlin, L. (1995) Building a Barker character: a methodology from the last supper. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 12(1), pp. 47-53.

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Number of items: 29.

Articles

Tomlin, L. (2015) 'Constellations of singularities': the rejection of representative democracy in Coney's Early Days (of a better nation). Studies in Theatre and Performance, 36(1), pp. 27-34. (doi:10.1080/14682761.2015.1111014)

Tomlin, L. (2014) Citational theory in practice: a performance analysis of characterisation and identity in Katie Mitchell’s staging of Martin Crimp’s texts. Contemporary Theatre Review, 24(3), pp. 373-377. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2014.921057)

Tomlin, L. (2011) A 'political suspension of the ethical': to be straight with you (2007) and an evening with psychosis (2009). Performing Ethos, 1(2), pp. 167-180. (doi:10.1386/peet.1.2.167_1)

Tomlin, L. (2010) Beyond representation: re-membering the 'ghosts' of recent history in contemporary performance. Critical Stages, 2,

Tomlin, L. (2009) 'And their stories fell apart even as I was telling them': poststructuralist performance and the no-longer-dramatic text. Performance Research, 14(1), pp. 57-64. (doi:10.1080/13528160903113205)

Tomlin, L. (2008) Beyond cynicism: the sceptical imperative and (future) contemporary performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 18(3), pp. 355-369.

Tomlin, L. and Jackson, S. (2006) Innocent tourists? Neo-colonialist narratives in contemporary performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 16(1), pp. 23-30. (doi:10.1080/10486800500450940)

Tomlin, L. (2000) The politics of catastrophe: confrontation or confirmation in Howard Barker's theatre. Modern Drama, 43(1), pp. 66-77. (doi:10.1353/mdr.2000.0052)

Tomlin, L. (1999) Transgressing bounaries: postmodern performance and the tourist trap. TDR, 43(T162), pp. 136-149. (doi:10.1162/105420499760265244)

Tomlin, L. (1995) Building a Barker character: a methodology from the last supper. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 12(1), pp. 47-53.

Books

Tomlin, L. (2015) British Theatre Companies : 1995-2014 : Mind the Gap, Kneehigh Theatre, Suspect Culture, Stan's Cafe, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk. Series: British theatre companies: from fringe to mainstream, 3. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: London. ISBN 9781408177273

Tomlin, L. (2013) Acts and Apparitions: Discourses on the Real in Performance Practice and Theory, 1990-2010. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719083723

Tomlin, L. (2007) Point Blank: Nothing to Declare, Operation Wonderland, and Roses and Morphine. Intellect: Bristol. ISBN 9781841501697

Book Sections

Tomlin, E. (2017) Elargir la participation : L’impact de la politique du Nouveau Parti travailliste sur les pratiques des compagnies théâtrales anglaises de 1997 à 2010. In: Troupes, Companies, Collectifs. L'Entretemps: France. (In Press)

Tomlin, L. (2015) The academy and the marketplace: avant-garde performance in neoliberal times. In: Jannarone, K. (ed.) Vanguard Performance Beyond Left and Right. University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, MI, pp. 264-282. ISBN 9780472119677

Tomlin, L. (2013) Foreword: dramatic developments. In: Agelaki, V. (ed.) Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, viii-xxvi. ISBN 9781137010131

Tomlin, L. (2006) A new tremendous aristocracy: tragedy and the meta-tragic in Barker's theatre of catastrophe. In: Gritzner, K. and Rabey, D. I. (eds.) Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. Oberon: London. ISBN 9781840026726

Tomlin, L. (2004) English theatre in the 1990s and beyond. In: Kershaw, B. (ed.) Cambridge History of British Theatre, Volume 3. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 498-512. ISBN 9780521651325 (doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521651325.024)

Tomlin, L. and Jackson, S. (2002) Accessibility. In: Arrowsmith, K. (ed.) The Methuen Amateur Theatre Handbook. Methuen: London, pp. 186-196. ISBN 9780413755704

Tomlin, L. (2001) Howard Barker. In: Bull, J. (ed.) British and Irish dramatists since World War II: Second Series. Series: Dictionary of literary biography, 233. Gale Group: Detroit, pp. 9-21. ISBN 9780787646509

Book Reviews

Tomlin, L. (2015) Gareth White: Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 3(1), pp. 212-215. (doi:10.1515/jcde-2015-0018) [Book Review]

Tomlin, L. (2014) Laura Cull: Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance. New Theatre Quarterly, 30(2), pp. 197-198. (doi:10.1017/S0266464X1400030X) [Book Review]

Tomlin, L. (2014) Theatre of the Real by Carol Martin. Modern Drama, 57(2), pp. 280-282. [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Tomlin, L. (2017) Incubate: Propagate. Networked Ecologies of New Performance-Making. Other. Liz Tomlin. (Unpublished)

Tomlin, L. (2009) Making Trouble. Project Report. AIAA.

Performance

Tomlin, L. (2012) The Pool Game. [Performance]

Tomlin, L. (2005) Roses & Morphine. [Performance]

Tomlin, L. (2004) Operation Wonderland. [Performance]

Tomlin, L. (2001) Nothing to Declare. [Performance]

This list was generated on Tue Dec 12 18:05:53 2017 GMT.