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Dr David Overend

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

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Biography

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

Research Interests

David's research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on contemporary theatre and performance, often at the intersection with cultural geography and politics. His recent publications and practice-based outputs have used creative methods to explore key social and environmental themes including mobility and wildness; and he also has an interest in the performance of large-scale political events such as referenda. This work is a development of David's earlier research on site-specific art and community participation, emerging from his practice-as-research thesis at the University of Glasgow, which aimed to develop a ‘relational’ praxis in response to the Arches arts centre.

Outputs include an edited collection of Rob Drummond's Plays with Participation (Bloomsbury 2020); articles for Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, GeoHumanities, Humanities and Cultural Geographies; and practice-based research projects for the National Trust for Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Arches and Òran Mór.

David is currently leading a transdisciplinary project with geographers and artists, exploring performances of ‘wild geographies’ at rewilding sites in the UK. This research is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Research outputs

  1. Rob Drummond: Plays With Participation

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. The bones beneath the streets: Drifting through London’s Quaternary

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. “The majority has spoken”: Performing referenda at the National Theatre

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Swimming with Beavers

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

  2. Marco Pantani

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Theatre and Performance Research Association

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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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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