Theatre and science fiction

Currently I'm writing on contemporary British theatre and science fiction - if it was once a rarity on stage, today some of the most exciting playwrights and practitioners are drawing on science fiction to tackle the anxieties of today through the lens of tomorrow. I'm interested in several things: what caused this change? What ideas do these plays communicate? How does the medium of live performance interpret the genre?


Stage: the final frontier. These are the voyages...



Home of the Wriggler - Stan's Cafe

A "lo-fi sci-fi docu-drama" exploring memories of the Longbridge car plant from the perspective of a post-oil future. Touring through Feb 2020.

A Number - Bridge Theatre

Churchill's short, brilliant drama of fatherhood, neglect, and human cloning. Tickets here.

Augmented - Sophie Woolley/Told by an Idiot

Not sci-fi exactly, but a fantastic personal story of technological enhancementTouring early 2020.

The War of the Worlds - Rhum and Clay

This isn't a direct adaptation, but a fascinating and playful exploration of truth, lies and fiction, via both HG Wells and Orson Welles. On tour throughout 2020.

The Glow - Royal Court, London

This will probably turn out to be more gothic horror than science fiction, but you never can tell with Alistair McDowall. Tickets here.

Electric Rosary - Royal Exchange, Manchester

Tim Foley's Bruntwood Prize-winning play, set in a convent where technology and faith collide. Tickets here.

For a general discussion of the field, including reviews of recent works, check the blog. If you want to read the scholarly stuff, then here's a list of my publications:

"Utopian dreams, dystopian realities in Lucy Kirkwood and Anne Washburn". Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 46 (128): 38-47

"Mars: After the Crisis review". Fantastika Journal 1 (2): 177-179

"A manual for near-future parenting: Thomas Eccleshare's Instructions for Correct Assembly". Fantastika Journal  3 (1): 149-151

"Science, science fiction, and Nick Payne's Elegy: a conceptual third way". Studies in Theatre and Performance. 


"Science Fiction and the Theatre of Alistair McDowall". Contemporary Theatre Review 29 (2): 121-137. 


"In space, nobody can hear you say you didn't 'get' it: theatre, science fiction, and genre snobbery". Contemporary Theatre Review: Interventions July 2019

"Alistair McDowall's X". Sci-Fi: A Companion, ed. Jack Fennell. Oxford: Peter Lang