Prof David Ian Rabey BA, MA, PhD (University of Birmingham), MA (University of California, Berkeley)

Emeritus Professor

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Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Research interests

  • Contemporary British and Irish drama, theatre in society, theatre and time, creative writing for the stage.
    • PUBLICATIONS include:

       

      PUBLICATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT:

       

       

      Essay contribution (‘Making Space for the Shadows: Penda’s Fen, katabasis, tradition and legacy’) to contracted collection, OF MUD AND FLAME: DAVID RUDKIN’S PENDA’S FEN’, eds. R. Harle and J. Machin (Strange Attractor/MIT Press 2018). Accepted for publication (in 2019) and in press.

       

      Essay contribution (‘Jumping to, and away from, conclusions: rhythm and temporality in debbie tucker green’s drama’) to contracted collection, THE THEATRE OF DEBBIE TUCKER GREEN, eds. Jacqueline Bolton and Sian Adesishiah (Palgrave 2018). Accepted for publication (in 2019) and in press.

       

       

       

      MONOGRAPHS PUBLISHED:

       

      ALISTAIR McDOWALL’S POMONA. Routledge Fourth Wall series, 2018.

       

      THEATRE, TIME AND TEMPORALITY. Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press,  2016.

       

      THE THEATRE OF JEZ BUTTERWORTH. Bloomsbury/Methuen Critical Companions series (London), 2015. 

       

      HOWARD BARKER: ECSTASY AND DEATH: A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA, THEORY AND PRODUCTION WORK, 1988-2008. Palgrave Macmillan/St Martin’s (Basingstoke and New York),  2009.

       

      LOVEFURIES: The Contracting Sea and The Hanging Judge, with Bite or Suck, Intellect Press (Bristol and Univ. of Chicago), 2008.  

       

      THE WYE PLAYS (The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows), Intellect Press (Bristol and Portland, Oregon), 2004.

                                              ENGLISH DRAMA SINCE 1940: Longman Literature in  

                     English Series, 2003. (AHRB Research Leave Award)

       

      DAVID RUDKIN:  SACRED DISOBEDIENCE:  A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA 1959-96 (Awarded British Academy Personal Research Fund grant). Harwood Academic Press, 1997; Routledge 2002.

       

      HOWARD BARKER : POLITICS AND DESIRE:  A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA AND POETRY 1969-1987.Macmillan 1989

       

                  BRITISH AND IRISH POLITICAL DRAMA IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.                    

      Macmillan 1986.

       

       

       

Teaching

Lecturer, TP10120 & TP11320 Introduction to Theatre Studies

Module co-ordinator TP30820 Contemporary British and Irish Drama

Module co-ordinator TP23220 Shakespeare in Contemporary Performance

Module co-ordinator TP34640 Playwriting

Module co-ordinator TP20420 Theatre in Contemporary Society

Director, TP34940 Production Project

Profile

Professor of Theatre and Theatre Practice

Responsibilities

Departmental co-director of research

Profile

Undergraduate study: 1975-8, first class BA in English, University of Birmingham

Postgraduate studies: 1978-9, MA in Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

1979-80, MA in English (with Creative Writing), University of California, Berkeley

1980-2 PhD in English, University of Birmingham

 

1982-4 Lecturer in English and Drama, University of Dublin, Trinity College.

 

1985 appointed Lecturer in Drama, Aberystwyth University; thereafter Senior Lecturer, 1993; Reader in 2000.

 

2003 appointed Professor of Drama

2018 appointed Professor of Theatre and Theatre Practice

 

1986-present; Artistic Director, Lurking Truth/Gwir sy'n Llechu Theatre Company.

 

2020 appointed Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Research interests

Publications:

 

Monographs: 

ALISTAIR McDOWALL’S POMONA. Routledge Fourth Wall series, 2018. 

 

THEATRE, TIME AND TEMPORALITY. Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016. 

 

THE THEATRE OF JEZ BUTTERWORTH. Bloomsbury/Methuen Critical Companions series (London), 2015.   

 

HOWARD BARKER: ECSTASY AND DEATH: A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA, THEORY AND PRODUCTION WORK, 1988-2008. Palgrave Macmillan/St Martin’s (Basingstoke and New York), 2009. 

 

ENGLISH DRAMA SINCE 1940. Longman: Literature in English Series, 2003.

 

DAVID RUDKIN:  SACRED DISOBEDIENCE:  A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA 1959-96. Harwood Academic Press, 1997; Routledge 2002. 

 

HOWARD BARKER : POLITICS AND DESIRE :  A STUDY OF HIS DRAMA AND POETRY 1969-1987. Macmillan 1989 

 

BRITISH AND IRISH POLITICAL DRAMA IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Macmillan 1986. 

 

Plays include: 

 

LOVEFURIES: The Contracting Sea and The Hanging Judge, with Bite or Suck, Intellect Press (Bristol and Univ. of Chicago), 2008.   

 

THE WYE PLAYS (The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows), Intellect Press (Bristol and Portland, Oregon), 2004. 

 

 

Co-edited Books published:

 

HOWARD BARKER’S ART OF THEATRE, eds. David Ian Rabey and Sarah Goldingay, Manchester University Press, 2013 

 

 THEATRE OF CATASTROPHE, eds. Karoline Gritzner and David Ian Rabey, London, Oberon Books, 2006. 

 

Critical edition edited and published:

 

RED SUN and MERLIN UNCHAINED by David Rudkin; with critical essays ed. Rabey (including his essay: ‘Broken Magic? A                                     Director’s Perspective on Merlin Unchained’), Intellect Books (Bristol and Univ. of Chicago), 2011. 

Additional information

INTERVIEW:   

‘Academic, Playwright, Actor and Director: David Ian Rabey’, in VIEWS, POSITIONS, LEGACIES: INTERVIEWS WITH GERMAN AND BRITISH THEATRE ARTISTS, 1985-2007 by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe: Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2007.