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Tamsin Rees

Doctoral Student in Creative Writing - Tamsin’s thesis is entitled ‘The Possibilities of Silence and Negotiating Power in Contemporary Narratives’.

Research project title

The Possibilities of Silence and Negotiating Power in Contemporary Narratives


Dr Zoe Cooper and Dr Helen Freshwater

Contact details


Research interests

  • contemporary theatre and performance
  • writing for stage
  • silences and subtext
  • sex and sexuality
  • the erotic
  • queer theory
  • feminist theory
  • female anger and violence
theatre auditorium

A brief outline of my research project

I am researching and writing two full-length stage plays suitable for professional production. The first play I am currently writing asks questions about internalised misogyny, the stigma surrounding STIs, and differing generational perspectives towards sexual assault. This is explored through the social and sexual archetypes of three generations of women who come together in various roles at a sexual health clinic.

My critical research is investigating how silence, the female experience, and power are conceptualised in Portrait of a Lady on Fire dir. Céline Sciamma (2019), Supper Club by Lara Williams (2019), In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (2020), and Stop Your Women’s Ears With Wax by Julia Armfield (2019). This original scholarly contribution will investigate how subtext and silences function in these texts through props and non-verbal forms of communication.

Research activities

Research groups and memberships

  • Orange Tree Theatre Writer’s Collective 2020-2021
  • associate Artist at Live Theatre
  • member of the North East Playwrights
  • member of the first Royal Court Writer’s Group North 2018
  • member of Newcastle University’s Performance Research Group
  • co-founder of “girls club!” an informal reading group on popular culture at Newcastle University

My academic background

  • MA Creative Writing, Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy, Newcastle University