Graduate ‘Work-in-Progress’ Event 

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TORCH Re-Imagining Performance Network - Graduate ‘Work-in-Progress’ Event

All welcome


On Monday of 3rd week, the TORCH Re-Imagining Performance Network will host a graduate ‘work-in-progress’ discussion seminar. The speakers, all current DPhil students, Anna Saroldi (English), Nick Duddy (English) and Jake Robertson (MML) will talk on a range of topics, including the depiction of suicide in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), Franca Rame and Dario Fo’s UK and US tours, and professional theatre in Stalin’s forced-labour camps.  The event will consist of three short (15 mins) talks followed by a more discursive question and answer session. The event is open to all. Though, we particularly welcome undergraduate, masters and DPhil students as well as ECRs who are interested in theatre and performance and hope that this event will provide an opportunity to meet others who are working in a similar area in an informal and relaxed environment.  

Light refreshment will be provided.


Speaker Bios:

Anna Saroldi is a DPhil student at the English Faculty, writing a thesis titled “Contemporary Italian Literature in the UK and the US: Translation and Interaction”, supervised by Prof Matthew Reynolds. She focuses on collaboration between British and American translators and Italian authors in the second half of the twentieth century, with a specific focus on translators’ archive.


Nick Duddy is a third-year DPhil student in the English Faculty. His research explores representations of suicide in postwar Anglophone drama. Drawing on the plays and production histories of Arthur Miller, Sarah Kane, Alice Birch, and others, he examines how the qualities of dramatic art – its connection with memory and temporality, its live action and dialogic nature, its actor-audience relationship – offer a unique form for studying the suicidal act.


Jake Robertson is a DPhil student in the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty (Slavonic studies). He is writing a thesis entitled "Captive Audiences and Captive Performers: Professional Theater in the Gulag Capitals of Vorkuta and Magadan". The focus of his research is the professional Gulag theaters of the subarctic Komi ASSR (primarily, the Music and Drama Theater of Vorkuta) as well as the Magadan Music and Drama Theater on Siberia’s northeast coast.


For further details contact Rachel O'Nunain ( or Nicholas Duddy (

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