Mr David Bullen

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Research interests

My primary research interest is in the cultural reception of Greek tragedy in Britain from the late 19th century to the present day. My thesis (which is supported by a college fee waiver scholarship) focuses specifically on one of Euripides' final plays, The Bacchae, exploring feminist engagement with the text since its English-language premiere in 1908. This has led to an interest in theories and methods of adaptation, as well as the exploration of the interdisciplinary faultline between Drama and Classics. I am also interested in the representation of gender and sexuality in adaptations of Greek myth more generally, particularly in popular media like Hollywood film, children's literature, and comic-books.

My work as a director and writer, while not a formal element of my thesis, nevertheless informs it. Since 2010, I have been involved in a number of practical engagements with The Bacchae, exploring the play with a variety of different approaches.

Personal profile

After completing both my BA in Drama and Creative Writing and Theatre Research MA at Royal Holloway, I co-founded By Jove Theatre Company, a London-based socialist-feminist performance ensemble. I am the current Co-Artistic Director of the company. Our work has ranged from reinterpretations of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare to pantomime versions of Jane Austen. I wrote adaptations of Sophocles' Electra and Aeschylus' Oresteia for the company's first two projects. In addition to my role in By Jove, I have worked as a freelance writer and director for projects in London, Bristol, and Surrey. During the campaign to save Classics at Royal Holloway in 2012, I contributed adaptations of Euripides' The Bacchae and Aristophanes' Clouds.

Since 2015, I have been the Executive Producer of the annual Greek play at King's College London, an event that has gathered an international reputation for excellence since its inception in 1953. Also that year, I took part in the Théâtre du Soleil's École Nomade, working closely with acclaimed director Ariane Mnouchkine and actors from the company.

Teaching

I have been teaching drama at various levels since 2010. I have taught GSCE and A-level students, as well as children aged 4-12. Since 2013, I have been a Visiting Lecturer in the Drama Department at Royal Holloway. There, I have taught courses on subjects such as: critical theory; the reception of violent women in theatre and film; witchcraft and magic in theatre; and modern adaptations of Greek tragedy.

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