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Philip Watkinson

Teaching Associate in Drama, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I undertook my BA Hons in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester, which ignited my passion for contemporary performance and postdramatic theatre. I earned an MA in European Theatre from the University of Kent, where I worked closely with Hans-Thies Lehmann. Following the completion of my doctoral thesis Making Space for Affect: Affective Materialism and Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London in 2017, I worked as an Associate Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester and Teaching Associate in Drama at Queen Mary.

As one of the longest serving Assessors for the Off-West End Awards (TBC Award, for productions that defy traditional categories), I champion new works by emerging artists and celebrate the excellence, innovation, and ingenuity of independent theatres across London.

Teaching Summary

My practical teaching has covered areas such as immersive performance, post-war European playwrights, and interdisciplinary arts, while my seminar teaching has ranged from developing the skills of a… read more

Research Summary

My research examines the cultural politics of contemporary European performance. I am particularly interested in theatre's relation to neoliberalism and political economy, as well as how issues of… read more

Recent Publications

My practical teaching has covered areas such as immersive performance, post-war European playwrights, and interdisciplinary arts, while my seminar teaching has ranged from developing the skills of a performance critic to studying the cultural histories of theatre. My classroom is a space for students to engage with present social conditions through careful consideration of historical experience and their own identity formation.

During the Autumn 2021 semester I am teaching on:

ENGL/3063/02 - Performing the Nation: British theatre since 1980

ENGL/2019/02 - Twentieth-Century Plays

Current Research

My research examines the cultural politics of contemporary European performance. I am particularly interested in theatre's relation to neoliberalism and political economy, as well as how issues of affect and spectatorship shape artists and playwrights' engagement with our present socio-historical moment. My published work has ranged from a study of contemporary theatre's staging of money and its relation to the market in the United Kingdom following the 2008 financial crisis to a reassessment of time in postdramatic theatre via its resonance with the temporal processes of labour and capital.

I am currently working on a project entitled Performance and the Politics of Abstraction that explores how contemporary theatre makers have been reacting to the abstraction of late-capitalist societies. The first iteration of this project is a book chapter that examines the act of abstracting as an affective process that manifests formally in British new writing (specifically looking at the plays of debbie tucker green and Anders Lustgarten).

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