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Dr David Overend

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

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Professional Qualifications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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 contemporary theatre and performance, often at the intersection with cultural geography. My research has explored the performance of mobilities, democracy and wildness. This work is a development of my earlier research on site-specific theatre and audience participation, emerging from my practice-as-research thesis, which aimed to develop a ‘relational theatre practice’ in response to the Arches arts centre in Glasgow. Outputs include articles for Contemporary Theatre Review, Humanities, Cultural Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, and Studies in Theatre and Performance; and performances for the National Theatre, the Arches, Òran Mór and the National Trust for Scotland.

Research outputs

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Eulogy

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  3. Essais: Training the audience

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. London Drift

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Macmillan (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

  3. Performing Wild Geographies 2

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Latest prizes

  1. Belfast Telegraph Critics Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Total Theatre Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Herald Angel

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Research projects

  1. Performing Wild Geographies

    Project: Other ProjectProject from a former institution

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