Dr David Overend

Personal profile

I was based at RHUL from 2016 - 2019 after five years at the University of the West of Scotland. I have also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. At RHUL, I co-managed the Centre for Contemporary British Theatre and was a Fellow of the Humanities and Arts Research Institue.

As a director, I have worked for several theatres, including the National Theatre of Great Britain, and toured internationally with award-winning productions.

Research interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on contemporary theatre and performance, often at the intersection with cultural geography. My research has explored the performance of mobilities, democracy and wildness. This work is a development of my earlier research on site-specific theatre and audience participation, emerging from my practice-as-research thesis, which aimed to develop a ‘relational theatre practice’ in response to the Arches arts centre in Glasgow. Outputs include articles for Contemporary Theatre Review, Humanities, Cultural Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, and Studies in Theatre and Performance; and performances for the National Theatre, the Arches, Òran Mór and the National Trust for Scotland.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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