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Dr David Overend

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

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Biography

I joined Edinburgh in 2019 after three years at Royal Holloway, University of London, and five years at the University of the West of Scotland. I have also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. As a director, I have worked for several theatres, including the National Theatre of Great Britain, and toured internationally with award-winning productions.

Research Interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on Creative GeoHumanities, particularly at the intersection between cultural geography and performance studies. My most recent publications and practice-based outputs have used creative methods to explore key geographical themes including mobility and wildness. This work is a development of my earlier research on site-specific art and community participation, emerging from my practice-as-research thesis, which aimed to develop a ‘relational’ praxis in response to the Arches arts centre in Glasgow. Outputs include articles for GeoHumanities, Humanities and Cultural Geographies; a Study Room Guide on creative mobilities for the Live Art Development Agency; and practice-based research projects for the National Trust for Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Arches and Òran Mór. I am currently leading a transdisciplinary project with geographers and artists, exploring performances of ‘wild geographies’ at rewilding sites in the UK.

Research outputs

  1. Nomadic theatre: Mobilizing theory and practice on the European stage by Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  2. Rantin and raving: Kieran Hurley's aesthetic communities

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Rantin and raving: An interview with Kieran Hurley

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

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Research activities & awards

  1. Theatre and Performance Research Association

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Landscaping with Beavers

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. The Majority: South Korea

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Latest prizes

  1. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Prize: Election to learned society

  2. Belfast Telegraph Critics Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Total Theatre Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Research projects

  1. Performing Wild Geographies

    Project: Project from a former institution

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