Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama University of London
Website URL
British theatre history forgotten histories of woman theatre histories and practice, revivals, Women as actresses, playwrights and managers, 17th c actresses and playwrights, 19th c actresses, one woman shows radio and tv 1960s mid-late 20th century
Additional Contact Information
I am Emerita Professor and so no longer fully employed. I research in UK and abroad and have commitments to travel over coming years but always answer emails within 48 hrs

Personal Info

About Me

I come from a background of professional theatre and screen practice which informs the histories I research and write. I have worked as historical advisor / dramaturg with theatre companies, most recently at the RSC 2018. I have retired from full time academic work but still research active and actively connected to younger colleagues in the field. If I don’t know the field you have questions about…I will most likely know someone who does.

Recent Publications

Books: (monographs)

 2011: Performing Herself: AutoBiography & Fanny Kelly’s Dramatic Recollections (Manchester University Press)

 2006: Treading The Bawds: Actresses & Playwrights on the Late Stuart Stage , (Manchester University Press)

Books: (co-edited)

2012: Plays and Performance Texts by British and American Women from the Modernist Period 1880-1930, Edited by Maggie B. Gale and Gilli Bush-Bailey (Manchester: Manchester University Press)

Chapters in Books:

2014: ‘Shifting Scenes: The Child Performer and Her audience Revisited in the Digital Age’, Entertaining Children eds., Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

2014: ‘The Gerbini Letters; or a Tale of Two Mothers’, Stage Mothers, eds. Laura Engel & Elaine McGirr (Bucknell University Press, US,

2013: ‘Biting the Hand that Feeds Her’, Women and Comedy eds., Peter Dickinson (Madison, Teaneck: Farleigh Dickinson University Press)

2012: ‘Re: Enactment’, Cambridge Companion to Theatre History eds., David Wiles & Chris Dymkowski (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

2007: “Revolution, Legislation & Autonomy”, in The Cambridge Companion to the Actress eds., Maggie B. Gale & John Stokes. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). pp15-32

2007: “Fitting the Bill: Acting out the season at the Sans Pareil 1813/14” in The Performing Century: Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Britain ed. Tracy C. Davis and Peter Holland, (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan). pp182-197

Journal and website

2014: ‘Advance Notice’ Studies in Theatre and Performance

2012: ‘Women Like Us’  (special edition) Comedy Studies (2012) Vol.3: 2, pp.151-159

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Women