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...



Solaris -  Lyric Hammersmith, London
David Greig adapts Stanisław Lem's classic novel, transferring from Edinburgh's Lyceum to London; tickets available here.

On Bear Ridge - Royal Court, London

The excellent, if rarely seen, Ed Thomas offers a piece about community and language that seems particularly post-apocalyptic. Tickets here.

Talos 2019 - Omnibus Theatre, London

Returning for a third time, the science fiction theatre festival is open to submissions from playwrights and companies - details can be found here.

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.

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