Miss Poppy Corbett

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Educational background

PhD (2014 - ) at Royal Holloway University of London. My thesis is currently titled "Archive, Presence, Technology: indexical traces of 'the real' in the the work of Alecky Blythe, Kim Noble and Tim Crouch."  

Advanced Theatre Practice MA (2009 - 2010) at Central School of Speech and Drama University of London 

English and Drama BA (2005 - 2008) at Royal Holloway University of London 


Research interests

▪Contemporary Theatre


▪Discourses on the real

▪Verbatim and documentary theatre


My current research addresses contemporary theatre’s current fascination with “the real”. I have presented my research at conferences nationally and internationally. My academic articles and book reviews have been published in Performance Research, Performing Ethos and Platform journals.  


I am an active member of the Department and the wider academic and cultural community. In 2015 I was the Chair of the Interactions With The Real committee, organizing Royal Holloway’s third annual Practice-based PhD conference. I was the previous Books Editor for 'Platform', a refereed printed and electronic journal, run by Royal Holloway postgraduates. I have previously reviewed theatre for the online theatre magazine Exeunt and have reviewed books for the Times Higher magazine. 

I serve on the Writers' Guild Executive Council and am co-chair of their regional London & South East committee. 

I am also a playwright and my work has been performed across the UK. Most recently I wrote 'APPLAUSE', a commission from Arts Educational drama school to write one of the final public productions for their MA Actors. Nick Quinn at The Agency is responsible for my professional representation. For further details see: http://theagency.co.uk/the-clients/poppy-corbett/. Please note: this is a literary agency’s website and all opinions on it do not necessarily reflect those of Royal Holloway, or the Department of Drama and Theatre.



I won a College Teaching Excellence Prize in 2014 for my innovative project ‘Shoreditch Town Hall Play Readings’. In 2015 I was nominated for a Staff Recognition Award for 'Enhancing Fairness'. 


▪CW2010: 'Playwriting’ Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University (2013 - 2016)

▪CW1010: 'Introduction to Creative Writing' Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University (2013 - 2014)


I have completed the InSTIl training and have designed and taught seminars on the InsTIL course. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  


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