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The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre, has won the 2019 David Bradby TaPRA Award for outstanding research.

Congratulations to Nadine Holdsworth and colleagues Helen Nicholson (Royal Holloway) and Jane Milling (University of Exeter) on this fantastic achievement.

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Pictured: The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), WINNER OF THE DAVID BRADBY AWARD 2019 

Call for Papers: Visuality and the Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century

Conference at the University of Warwick

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 June 2019

This research event will consider new ways of thinking about nineteenth-century stage spectacle, its meanings, its relationship to a wider visual culture, and its spectators. This period is associated with a widespread transformation of conceptions of vision and subjectivity, evidenced by an explosion of graphic imagery and new forms of visual experience such as panoramas and dioramas. Theatrical spectacle was at the centre of this emergent trans-medial, popular visual culture; yet there has been no major work to address this area since Martin Meisel’s seminal study, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth-Century England, of 1983. Organized as part of the three-year AHRC-funded collaborative project, ‘Theatre and Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century’, this event aims to foster cross-disciplinary discussion of spectacle and spectatorship in this period.

Professor Jim Davis awarded £600,000 AHRC grant to research Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

An AHRC grant of approximately £600,000 has been awarded to Professor Jim Davis as Principal Investigator and to Professor Kate Newey (Exeter University) as Co-Investigator for a research project on Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century. The project will be based at Warwick in Theatre and Performance Studies. Two named postdoctoral full-time research fellows will also be attached to the project for its three-year duration: Dr Pat Smyth, an art historian specialising in the relationship between art and theatre in nineteenth-century France, who will be based at Warwick, and Dr Kate Holmes (who has a specialist interest in circus and aerial performance), based at Exeter. Bristol University’s Theatre Collection and Exeter University’s Bill Douglas Museum will be project partners, collaborating in the mounting of exhibitions and conferences.


Sat 01 Sep 2018, 09:00 | Tags: Research Prof. Jim Davis Visual Culture Funding

Prof. Jim Davis edits new collection of Dickensian Dramas


Dickensian Dramas: Plays from Charles Dickens Volume 2, edited by Jim Davis, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Volume 1, which appears simultaneously, was edited by Jacky Bratton of Royal Holloway College, London.

Jim’s chapter on ‘Social Functions’ in A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire 1800-1920, edited by Peter Marx and published by Bloomsbury, has also just appeared.

Tue 07 Nov 2017, 13:50 | Tags: Publications Research Impact Prof. Jim Davis

Prof Jim Davis wins the TaPRA David Bradby Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance


The Department is delighted to announce that Prof. Jim Davis has won The David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2017 for Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

From TaPRA: 'The judges felt that the book moved adroitly across concept, example (actor), and exemplification (illustration) to account for the reciprocity of interest, nomenclature, and patronage between Georgian-era performers and painters. Without a shred of pedantry readers are coached in the criteria by which to understand what it means for a painter to capture something “inherently theatrical” about a specific character yet also incorporate the accumulation of a performer’s reputation and the epitome of their unique technique.'

Find out more about the awards and the other winners here:

Mon 26 Jun 2017, 08:27 | Tags: Publications Research Impact Prof. Jim Davis Awards