Mark Brown

Research Student - Modern Scottish theatre – the creation of a tradition

Research Topic

Research Topic

Modern Scottish theatre – the creation of a tradition

Due, primarily, to its very thorough Calvinist Reformation, Scotland lacks a strong theatrical tradition. However, the nation has enjoyed a late and significant flowering of theatre, especially since the late 1960s.

This project will explore what I term the "sort of Renaissance" that has occurred in Scottish theatre over the last four decades and more, and test my thesis that at the core of this revival lie profound connections to the related concepts of Europeanness and Modernism.

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First Degree: BA (Hons) in English Studies, University of Strathclyde

Masters Degree: MRes in English Studies, University of Strathclyde

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


  • Oily Cart - all sorts of theatre for all sorts of kids (ed.) (Stoke on Trent: Trentham and Sterling, USA, 2012), 153 pp.
  • Howard Barker Interviews 1980-2010: Conversations in Catastrophe (ed.) (Bristol and Chicago: Intellect, 2011), 214 pp.

Book chapters

  • 'Barker, criticism and the philosophy of "The art of theatre"', in Howard Barker's art of theatre: essays on his plays, poetry and production work, ed. David Ian Rabey and Sarah Goldingay (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).
  • 'The National Theatre of Scotland - a "Theatre Without Walls"', in About the Phenomenon of Theatre, ed. Nasrollah Ghaderi, Katayoon Hussein Zadeh and Ali Najafi (Tehran: Namayesh, 2011), pp. 76-82 (in English: also published in Farsi in the same volume).

Journal articles

  • 'On Slovenian Theatre: A Letter from a Friend', Maska (Slovenia), (published in Slovene and English), (summer 2013).
  • 'The Critic is Not an Artist', Critical Stages (webjournal of the International Association of Theatre Critics), (number 7: 2012).
  • 'Mixed Fortunes in Oldenburg', report from PAZZ performing arts festival, Oldenburg, Germany, New Theatre Quarterly (UK), (vol. 28, part 4: 2012).
  • 'Baltic Theatre Seeks to Define Rather than Depict History', dialogue on the Baltic Theatre Festival, Riga, Latvia, with Matti Linnavuori, Critical Stages, (number 6: 2012).
  • 'Drama Offstage in Tbilisi', report from Tbilisi Theatre Festival, New Theatre Quarterly, (vol. 28, part 2: 2012).
  • 'The Aesthetics of Song of the Goat Theatre', New Theatre Quarterly, (vol. 28, part 1: 2012).
  • 'Lies Pauwels' Staging of Knives in Hens: a very European experiment', Prospero European Review (webjournal of the Prospero European theatre project), (number 2: 2011).
  • 'Pain and Patriotism on the Armenian Stage', report from Yerevan theatre showcase, New Theatre Quarterly, (vol. 27, issue 1: 2011).
  • 'Twenty-one Asides on Theatre Criticism', Critical Stages, (number 2: 2010).
  • 'Grotowski in the 21st century: Teatr Pie?? Koz?a (Song of the Goat Theatre), Wroc?aw, Poland'. Critical Stages, (number 1: 2009).
  • 'A disappointed (theatre) lover', review of International Theatre Festival, Pilsen, Sv?t a divadlo (World and Theatre) (Czech Republic), (published in Czech and English), (number 6: 2009).
  • 'O corpo tragico: Teatr Pie?? Koz?a' ('The Tragic Body: Teatr Pie?? Koz?a/Song of the Goat Theatre'), Sinais de cena (Signs of the Stage) (Portugal), (published in Portuguese), (number 10: 2008).
  • 'A Family Affair: Sweden's Showcase for Contemporary Theatre', review of Swedish Theatre Biennale, Örebro, New Theatre Quarterly, (vol. 24, issue 1: 2008).
  • 'O Teatro Nacional da Escócia vai à guerra' ('The National Theatre of Scotland goes to war'), Sinais de cena, (published in Portuguese) , (number 6: 2006).