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Alison Porter

Alison Porter

About Me

Alison began her PhD research in October 2019 funded by a CADRE scholarship after a career in business and the criminal justice sector. She is researching a PhD by practice in verbatim theatre on the subject of Modern Slavery. She has been a non-executive director for a number of Government Agencies including the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service and is a trustee for the theatre companies Out of Joint and Told by an Idiot. Alison is a playwright and poet and was longlisted for the National Poetry Prize in 2015 and 2019.

Research Interests

Alison is using Practice as Research to create a series of audio monologues, a dance film and an installation on the subject of human trafficking and modern slavery. Her work is based on the true stories of sex workers and car wash employees trafficked from Albania. Her research considers the ethics of using the stories of real living people in theatre and the role of artistic mediation in creating art from verbatim material.

Alison is supervised by Silvija Jestrovic.


BA: Modern Languages (French and German), University of Leeds

MA: Creative Entrepreneurship (Creative Writing), University of East Anglia

Twitter: @wknighttheatre
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‘A Tramp’. Found Plays, The Royal Court. 2014.
‘Carwash (It’s not my name)’. One Festival Monologues, The Space Theatre, Docklands, 2013.
‘Borgia’s Kitchen’. Film Trailer Competition Runner Up, ENO. 2011.
‘Late Bus’. Camden Peoples Theatre and UEA Studio, 2008.


'The Neighbours' Child' longlisted for the National Poetry Prize 2019
‘Cycle’ longlisted for the National Poetry Prize, 2015.
‘Daddy’s Shoes’, Caterpillar Magazine, 2016.
‘An Old Friend’ Tremble, The University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize anthology, 2016.