Reviews, blogs and articles


The Centre stages a host of performances, discussions and symposia every year – in the context of annual festivals like Arts Week, and as part of our year-round programme of events. Read about the work of Centre Fellows, staff, students and guests in this selection of reviews, blogs and articles.


  • Freshwater (Arts Week 2012): A rehearsed reading of Virginia Woolf’s short 1923 play was staged for Arts Week 2012 in the Keynes Library. Read Roisin Lynch’s blog here.
  • Handel’s Cross (Arts Week 2013): Theatre North presented a performance exploring fantasy and desire in relation to the figure of eighteenth century composer Handel. Read Fintan Walsh’s blog here.
  • ‘Shakespeare and the Senses’ (Arts Week 2013): Gill Woods, Simon Smith and Derek Dunne explored the sensorial aspects of early modern theatre in this Arts Week discussion. Read Jessica Barrett’s report here.
  • ‘Theatre Scratch Night—sharing of new student work’ (Arts Week 2013): The School of Arts’ theatre space was launched in Arts Week 2013 with a sharing of new student work, marking the first annual Theatre Scratch Night. Read Jennifer Wilson’s blogpost here.
  • ‘Composing Performance’ (Arts Week 2014): For Arts Week 2014, Centre Fellow Peader Kirk offered a workshop exploring compositional strategies in performance. Read Jeremy Mortimer’s blog about the workshop here.
  • The Acts Between (Arts Week 2014): BA Theatre and Drama Studies students created a performance installation version of their collaborative performance work for Arts Week 2014. Read Éimear Doherty’s review of the piece here.
  • Blake’s Dream: Vala or the Four Zoas (Arts Week 2015): Blake’s Dream was an audio theatre performance created by MFA Theatre Directing students for Arts Week 2015, a rendition of one part of Blake’s complex poetic text. Luisa Calè, Senior Lecturer in Romantic Studies and the creative team consider their dramaturgical process for Exeunt Magazine (July 2015).
  • World Factory: the politics of conversation (Arts Week 2015): Centre Fellow Zoë Svendsen devised World Factory as a response to the global garment trade. Zoe and Birkbeck academics across the disciplines of international relations, marketing, geography, media studies, and theatre and performance consider the show and the issues it raises for Contemporary Theatre Review: Interventions (October 2015).
  • On Going On: Sustaining Life in Theatre (June 2015): Maria Patsou, PhD student in English and Humanities, reports on the Centre’s one-day symposium about artistic lives and livelihoods. Read her blog here.
  • ‘Islington 91-year-old resident graduates with theatre degree’ (April 2016): Read about Patricia Bishop’s experience of studying towards her MA here.
  • ‘Birkbeck student uses experience of cancer to develop show for Edinburgh Festival’ (July 2016): Karen Hobbs, who graduated from BA Theatre and Drama Studies with a First in 2016, created her one-woman show Tumour Has It during her studies. Read about Karen’s work here.
  • ‘Mother and daughter who faced homelessness, dyslexia and bereavement triumph as they graduate together’ (November 2016): BA Theatre and Drama Studies graduate Jessica Phillips reflects on her creation of a solo show exploring stereotypes of single motherhood. Read about Jessica’s work here.
  • Science as Spectacle (Arts Week 2017): Jonathan Parr (MA Text and Performance) discusses the nineteenth century phenomenon of the magic lantern, the subject of a lecture demonstration in Arts Week 2017. Read his blog about the event here.
  • Andy Smith: dematerializing theatre (Arts Week 2017): Centre member Daragh Carville invited artist Andy Smith to speak about his experimental theatre practice at Arts Week 2017. Read Elinor Perry-Smith’s blog about the event here.
  • ‘On Proximity’ (September 2017): The Centre’s 2016 symposium Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance became the basis of an edition of Performance Research journal. Read Ben Cranfield and Louise Owen’s editorial essay here.
  • ‘Birkbeck took me to a new stage in life…’ (May 2018): George Richmond-Scott, graduate of MFA Theatre Directing, discusses his directorial projects, including his work on the West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Read his interview here.
  • Building a hive mind through immersive art (Arts Week 2018): Birkbeck artist-in-residence and Centre Fellow Lily Hunter Green presented on her project Bee Composed Live as part of Arts Week 2018. Read MA student Eva Menger’s blog about the event here.