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Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 1784 443922
  • Fax: +44 1784 431018

Royal Holloway's Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance is one of the top research departments in the UK and has an international reputation for excellence. All academic members of staff are active researchers, working at the cutting edge of drama, theatre, dance and performance studies. Our size and ambition ensures our research figures prominently throughout the discipline and related fields, and is remarkable for the global and historical scope of research across the range of theatre, dance and performance. The diversity and broad appeal of our work is shown in lively and wide-ranging series of books, workshops, conferences, performances, research groups, journals, papers and appearances in print, digital and broadcast media. Our work has consistently achieved top ratings in all the national assessment of academic research and we attract brilliant research students from across the world.

Research students take a leading role in our active research culture, co-organising events, collaborating in research projects, and sharing their own research with staff and other peers. Research students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the department's research centres. They benefit from the breadth of staff expertise, the large interdisciplinary postgraduate community, and an extensive programme of visiting speakers, workshops, research seminars, and reading groups.

Research students are also responsible for the editorship and production of Platform, a refereed electronic journal devoted to postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers, and entry-level academics in the fields of drama, theatre, dance and the performing arts. Platform is published twice a year, with each edition covering a broad range of topics, making it possible for diverse research interests to be covered in each volume. 2016 marks its tenth anniversary year.

Academic staff and postgraduate researchers are committed to engaging with the latest debates in the discipline and shaping the methodological developments that continually transform academic writing and performance practices on dance, theatre and performance. We share a commitment to access and dissemination, finding ways to present high-level research in forms that can involve wide audiences in the debates taking place in our discipline. We are committed to publishing our research through both written and practice-based outputs, and value Research by Practice as much as written research.

We were rated in the top four of drama departments in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with an overwhelming majority of our outputs ranked in the top two categories as demonstrating research activity of world-leading 4* and International 3* significance and originality.

The impact of our research is felt widely in academia and beyond, generating new kinds of theatre practice, new kinds of dialogue about the theatre, and reaching out into the community to offer high-level theatre engagement to groups otherwise marginalised by mainstream theatre.





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