Mr Alexander Watson

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Research interests

Alex’s thesis is currently entitled Violence and Performativity in 2010s British Theatre. His areas of research are where the main concepts of this thesis intersect; such as the onstage (re)presentation of protest, identity formation, systemic issues, neoliberalism, and surveillance.

Educational background

Alex is currently a department funded PhD student at Royal Holloway, following Masters and Bachelor degrees from Kings College London and the University of Lincoln respectively.

Other work


'Bringing up Debris: Relating Children to Environmental Concerns in Contemporary British Theatre' for 'Cultures of Toxicity' at the University of Warwick (Nov 2019).

'The Link Between Cultures - Trauma in Contemporary European Plays at London's Royal Court Theatre', for TAPRA 2019 at the University of Exeter (Sept 2019). 

'Protest in Contemporary Adaptations of Shakespeare's Roman Plays' for the Irish Renaissance Society conference at the University of Belfast (May 2019).

'The Violence of Imagined Europes and Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle' for 'Fictions of Europe: Imaginary Topographies and Transnational Identities Across the Arts' at VUB Brussels (Mar 2019).

'Violence and Performativity in Public/Private Interrelation: Collaborations between Baltic and British Theatre in the 2010s' for 'Transnational Influences: Theatrical Interactivity in the Nordic/Baltic Region and Beyond' at the University of Helsinki (Mar 2019).

'Protests, Framing, and Nonviolence: The Presentation of "Tank Man" in Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica and Chris Thorpe’s There Has Possibly Been An Incident' for 'Performance and Protest' at Ulster University (Jan 2019).

'Theatre’s Dark Matter: Pinter’s “Staging” of Systemic Violence and its Influence in Contemporary British Theatre' for 'Staging Pinter' at the University of Birmingham (April 2018).

'The Panopticon of Janus: Surveying, Consuming, and Images of Violence in the work of Dennis Kelly’ for the Dennis Kelly symposium at the University of Lincoln (Nov 2017).



'Theatre's Dark Matter: Pinter’s “Staging” of Systemic Violence and its Influence in Contemporary British Theatre', chapter for Staging Pinter: Stages, Networks, Collaborators (Bloomsbury: date tbd), edited by Catriona Fallow and Basil Chiasson.

'Devil Tourists and Migrant Vagabonds: Zinnie Harris' How to Hold Your Breath and the Movement of People in 2010s Europe' for the Zinnie Harris symposium at the University of Lincoln (Nov 2019).


Alex has directed Philip Ridley's The Pitchfork Disney for Kings College London (2016), David Greig's The Architect for the LSPA's David Greig festival (2014), and Albert Camus' Cross Purposes for the Lincoln Company (2013).



Theatre & Text - Royal Holloway (2019-2020)

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