Dr Philip Watkinson

Lecturer in Theatre

Research Overview

My research examines the cultural politics of contemporary European performance. I am particularly interested in theatre’s relation to neoliberalism and political economy, as well as how issues of affect and spectatorship shape artists and playwrights’ engagement with our present socio-historical moment. Further interests include postdramatic theatre, performance philosophy, and feminist performance.

Selected Publications

Fracturing Patriarchal Objectivity through Electro-Pop: Purity Ring and the vicissitudes of sight
Watkinson, P. 30/04/2021 In: Performance Research. 26, 3, p. 27-30. 4 p.
Journal article

Affect and the Politics of Abstraction in British New Writing
Watkinson, P. 10/04/2021 In: Affects in 21st-Century British Theatre. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan p. 171-189. 19 p. ISBN: 9783030584856. Electronic ISBN: 9783030584863.

Double Take: Postdramatic Theatre
Watkinson, P. 31/03/2020 In: Theatre Research International. 45, 1, 14 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Fiery Temporalities in Theatre and Performance: The Initiation of History By Maurya Wickstrom. Methuen Drama Engage. London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018; pp. x + 249. $102 cloth, $39.95 paper, $91.80 e-book.
Watkinson, P. 27/01/2020
Review article

Time: Unsettling the Present
Watkinson, P. 21/03/2019 In: Postdramatic Theatre and Form. London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama p. 66-80. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

On Appearance, or what the Loch Ness Monster can teach us about contemporary performance
Watkinson, P. 28/10/2018 In: Performance Research. 23, 4-5, p. 251-255. 5 p.
Journal article

Staging Money: Theatre and Immateriality following the 2008 Financial Crisis
Watkinson, P. 1/06/2018 In: Theatre Journal. 70, 2, p. 195-208. 14 p.
Journal article

On Dialectics
Massie, E., Watkinson, P. 9/06/2016 In: Performance Research. 21, 3

On Dialectics (Special Issue)
Watkinson, P., Massie, E. 9/06/2016 In: Performance Research. 21, 3
Special issue

Observing Theatre: Spirituality and Subjectivity in the Performing Arts. By Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. Pp. 233. €50/$70 Pb.
Watkinson, P. 2/06/2015 In: Theatre Research International. 40, 2
Book/Film/Article review

Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance edited by Karen Jürs-Munby, Jerome Carroll, and Steve Giles
Watkinson, P. 12/02/2015 In: Contemporary Theatre Review. 25, 1, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review