Creative Arts


Dr Catherine Rees

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Programme Director: Drama

Specialism: Twentieth Century British and Irish Theatre


I am Programme Director for Drama, and am responsible for the running and organisation of all Drama undergraduate programmes. I joined Loughborough University in 2007 having just completed my PhD at Aberystwyth University, working on the plays of Martin McDonagh. I have also previously worked at University of Bath. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have taught a range of modules on the Drama Programme, including:

  • Research Project
  • Theatre in Education
  • Gender and the Stage
  • Languages of Theatre
  • Contemporary Irish Theatre
  • Theatre Practice and Applied Drama

I am currently supervising PhD projects on Performance and Politics and another on Drawing and the Home.

My primary research area is contemporary British and Irish drama. I have published widely on the plays of Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter and Marie Jones. My research focus is typically on political playwriting and my work explores issues relating to theatre and gender, nationalism, post-modernity, post-colonialism and adaptation. My most recent work, a monograph for Palgrave entitled Adaptation and Nation: Theatrical Contexts for Contemporary English and Irish Drama, explored theatre texts in translation, and adaptations across different national settings.

Other books include work on the plays of Harold Pinter, and on the study of masculinity in modern Ireland. My most recent monograph, Contemporary British Drama, is due for publication in late 2019. Following a successful bid for Enterprise funding, and a publication on theatre and gender inequality in Gender, Work and Organization, I am also interested in exploring structural inequalities in the British theatre industry, and in examining the potential of performance in supporting wellbeing and social inclusion.