15 February 2022 / Events

London’s Burning: Social housing, performance, and politics of fire in an overheated market

Speaker: Dr. Katie Beswick (University of the Arts)

Katie Beswick is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of the Arts. She is interested in how issues of social class play out through theatre practices, in the relationship between places and performance, and in sex, sexuality and hip hop. She writes for the music magazine Loud & Quiet, and has published numerous scholarly articles and chapters on subjects such as actor training in the National Youth Theatre’s outreach programmes, Litefeet dance cultures, and on children’s theatre and critical literacy. Her book Social Housing in Performance was published by Bloomsbury in 2019, and she has two forthcoming books on hip hop theatre, both collaborations with the artist Conrad Murray, Making Hip Hop Theatre and Beats and Elements: A Hip Hop Theatre Trilogy (both Bloomsbury Methuen 2022). She has edited special issues on the postcolonial city (Interventions 2015 with Maya Parma and Esha Sil) and on housing, art and activism (Studies in Theatre and Performance 2020).

This event is being held online on ZOOM.   If you have booked, you should receive your log-in details 24 hours before the lecture.  If you have not received your codes, please contact Dr. Valerie Kaneko-Lucas on


15 February 2022


19:30 - 21:00