15 February 2022 / Events
London’s Burning: Social housing, performance, and politics of fire in an overheated market
Speaker: Dr. Katie Beswick (University of Exeter)
Katie Beswick is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. 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).