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Lecturer in Theatre Film and Television, University of York

Having gained a BA in English at Worcester College, Oxford, I went on to complete an MA in Theatre (Playwriting) at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I stayed to write my doctoral thesis. My first book, Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians, was published by Palgrave in 2011.

Since taking up a lectureship in the Department of Theatre Film and Television at York in 2008, I have been teaching on the BA and MA courses in Writing, Directing and Performance, with texts ranging from Victorian comedy to contemporary political drama. I have also taught extensively on the adaptation of Victorian novels to stage, film and television.

My research interests include neo-Victorian plays and performances, and adaptations and appropriations of Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction on stage and screen. The teaching of Victorian drama has led to a research interest in Arthur Wing Pinero and the early work of George Bernard Shaw. I also have a developing specialism in theatre and its relation to empire and imperialism, and in Sherlock Holmes, adaptation and fandom in the 21st century.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Theatre Film and Television , University of York


  • 2008 
    Royal Holloway, University of London, PhD
  • 2005 
    Royal Holloway, University of London, MA
  • 1993 
    Worcester College, Oxford, BA