Dr Helen Freshwater
Reader in Theatre & Performance

I joined Newcastle University in 2011. My research focuses upon twentieth century British theatre and contemporary performance. My most recent publications are Theatre & Audience and Theatre Censorship in Britain: Silencing, Censure and Suppression (both published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009). I am a contributing editor to New Theatre Quarterly and Performing Ethos, and work as a dramaturg. In 2011 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize to support my latest research, which will explore how contemporary theatre uses child performers and constructs the figure of the child through performance.

Research Interests

My research focuses upon twentieth century British theatre and contemporary performance, and has focused upon censorship; audiences, participation and interactivity; archive theory and historiography; and British physical theatres. I am currently working on a new research project, exploring the representation of children and childhood in contemporary British theatre and performance.

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome applications from postgraduate students working in any of the above fields.

Esteem Indicators

In November 2011 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize to support my new research into the theatrical representation of children and childhood. These prizes are made to outstanding young scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their field of study at international level and are designed to fund research activity over two to three years.

At undergraduate level, I am currently teaching on the first year module 'Transformations' and the second year module, 'Class, Nation and Identity'. I also run my own third year module, 'The Child in Contemporary Performance'. 

At MA level, I convene the School's 'Research Training in Literary Studies' module.