Dr Lynette Goddard

Research interests

My research and teaching is focused in the area of the politics of contemporary black British theatre and performance, including work on new writing by black playwrights and contemporary black productions of canonical plays. I have published a number of articles on black British playwriting, as well as two mongraphs and a co-edited anthology of essays, Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama (London: Palgrave, 2014). My monograph Staging Black Feminisms: Identity, Politics, Performance (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007) explored British black women’s plays, poetry, and performance in relation to questions about feminist theatre practice. My most recent monograph Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream (London: Palgrave, 2015) examined the mainstream presence of Kwame Kwei Armah, debbie tucker green, Bola Agbaje, and Roy Williams in the early twenty-first century, interrogating how their prominence was enabled by Arts Council funding policies to enhance diversity before thinking about how their representations provide ways of thinking about black playwriting as a social and political practice that intervenes in contemporary debate about black experience, race, and racism in the articulation of national and global identities. My research on black theatre practice also includes exploring debates about race and casting in contemporary black British productions of Euro-American classics and I am continuing my interest in black theatre as a political practice with a comparative study of black history plays in the UK, USA, and British and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean. I selected and introduced the plays for The Methuen Drama Book of Plays By Black British Writers (London: Methuen, 2011), which includes plays dealing with identity politics across three generations of black playwriting in Britain from the late 1970s until the early 2000s. 

I am interested in hearing from students in areas relating to race and performance, black theatre, and/or women's theatre.




Courses 2018-19: Theatre and Text 2: De-coding debbie tucker green; Advanced Option: Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television;

Other courses include:  Shakespeare From Page to Stage; Film, Gender, Race and Sexuality; Producing Women: Feminist Theory and Theatre; Theatre and Text 2: Contemporary British Black and Asian Theatre; English-Drama Pathway: Nation/Adaptation; Taught Dissertation: Analysing Plays


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