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In Memoriam - Professor Jim Davis

Prof Jim DavisIt is with a very heavy heart that we write to let you know that Professor Jim Davis passed away on Saturday 4th November following a stroke. Everyone who had the pleasure of encountering Jim will appreciate that this is a huge loss for his family, friends, colleagues, collaborators and the wider research community. He was a fantastic scholar and unwavering champion for the discipline and theatre historiography. He was such an important part of the Theatre and Performance family at the University of Warwick and will be missed for his leadership, mentorship, friendship and unfailing sense of fun and mischief.

Jim Davis joined Warwick in 2004 as Head of Department (2004-2009) after eighteen years teaching Theatre Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he was latterly Head of the School of Theatre, Film and Dance. In Australia he was also President of the Australasian Drama Studies Association and member of the Board of Studies of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Prior to leaving for Australia he spent ten years teaching in London at what is now Roehampton University. He co-organised many conferences including for the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) in New South Wales and at Warwick. He convened Historiography Working Groups for both IFTR and for TaPRA. He served as an editor for the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film.

He published widely and with considerable critical acclaim in the area of nineteenth-century British theatre. His most recent bookComic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (2015) won the TaPRA David Bradby Prize for Research in International Theatre and Performance in 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2015 TLA George Freedley Memorial Award. His other publications include Theatre & Entertainment (2016), Dickensian Dramas: Plays from Charles Dickens Volume II (2017) and European Theatre Performance Practice Vol 3 1750-1900 (editor, 2014). He was also joint author of a study of London theatre audiences in the nineteenth century Reflecting the Audience: London 1840-1880 (2001), which was awarded the 2001 Theatre Book Prize. He contributed numerous chapters including essays on nineteenth-century acting to the Cambridge History of British Theatre and on audiences to the Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre. He also published many articles in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Theatre Notebook, Essays in Theatre, Themes in Drama, New Theatre Quarterly, Nineteenth Century Theatre, Theatre Research International and The Dickensian. He was also responsible for many of the theatrical entries in The Oxford Readers' Companion to Dickens and contributed to the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Theatre and Performance, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Stage Actors and Acting and the New Dictionary of National Biography. For several years he wrote an annual review of publications on nineteenth-century English Drama and Theatre for The Year's Work in English Studies.

An event to celebrate Jim’s life and work was held on 6 January 2024 12pm-4pm in the Studios in the Faculty of Arts Building on the University of Warwick's campus.

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Homeless Monopoly - a collaborative project with Coventry University and Coventry Cyrenians

Throughout 2019 Nadine Holdsworth was involved in a collaborative project with Coventry University and the homeless charity Coventry Cyrenians to investigate how arts methodologies, dramatic scenarios and gamification could be used to raise awareness and empathy in young people regarding homelessness. Based on ‘real-life’ stories, the resulting ‘Homeless Monopoly’ board-game aims to expose the multiple pathways into homelessness, the issues faced by homeless people and the support mechanisms available for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. During the summer of 2019 the game was piloted with a number of groups including pupils from Cardinal Newman and service users of Coventry Cyrenians.

Tue 05 Nov 2019, 12:37 | Tags: Prof. Nadine Holdsworth Research

Theatre and Performance Studies are delighted to announce an event tied to the staging of Queens of Sheba at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick are delighted to announce an event tied to the staging of Queens of Sheba at the Warwick Arts Centre

Staff will be joined by the director Jessica Kaliisa and performer Kokoma (Koko) Kwaku to discuss the origins of the show, how it evolved, the black female experience it addresses and its approach to language and staging.

Where: Warwick Arts Centre Theatre

When: Friday 15th November 3.30-4.45pm

Photographer: Ali Wright

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 15:05 | Tags: Prof. Nadine Holdsworth Events

“Homeless Monopoly” won joint first prize for a Game in Development at the European Conference of Game Based Learning in Denmark

“Homeless Monopoly” won joint first prize for a Game in Development at the European Conference of Game Based Learning in Denmark.

Homelesss Monopoly is a prototype board-game featuring real life testimonies and scenarios of homeless and ex-homeless people in the Coventry area. It has been developed by Nadine Holdsworth (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick)and Jacqueline Ann Calderwood (Disruptive Media Lab, Coventry University) with Coventry Cyrenians. The game has been piloted with local schools with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging empathy in young people towards issues faced by Coventry’s homeless and street sleepers.

Fri 04 Oct 2019, 17:00 | Tags: Prof. Nadine Holdsworth Research Awards

Nadine Holdsworth and Anna Harpin shortlisted for the 2019 David Bradby Award for outstanding research in theatre & performance

Congratulations to Professor Nadine Holdsworth and Dr Anna Harpin who have been shshortlisted for the 2019 David Bradby Award for outstanding research in theatre & performance! Anna Harpin's 'Madness, Art and Society: Beyond Illness' and Nadine Holdsworth's co-authored work 'The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre' make up half the final shortlist. For more information about the award see here:

Mon 20 May 2019, 11:19 | Tags: Prof. Nadine Holdsworth Research Dr Anna Harpin

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