Dr Liam Jarvis

Senior Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Liam Jarvis
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    +44 (0) 1206 874764

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    5NW.4.4B, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Mondays: 1-2pm



Prior to joining the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at Essex, Liam was a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in contemporary theatre-making at Royal Holloway University (2004-2015). Since 2007, Liam has been Co-artistic Director of Analogue, an award-winning alt. theatre company with whom he has created devised work that has toured the UK/internationally. The work of the company has included Mile End (toured 2007-'08 / won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Arches Brick Award), Beachy Head (co-produced with The New Wolsey (Ipswich) / toured 2009-'10 / the playtext published by Oberon in 2011), 2401 Objects (co-produced with Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and The New Wolsey (Ipswich) / toured 2011-'12 / won a Scotsman Fringe First Award / the play text was published by Oberon in 2011), Lecture Notes on a Death Scene (a one-on-one show that toured in 2011), Superlatively, Actually Awake(a headphone piece created for Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain at the Barbican),Transports (an interactive installation that toured in 2014-'15), Re-enactments (a headphone piece developed through a Fellowship at Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Delmenhorst, Germany) / short-listed for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall in 2013-'14), Living Film Set (commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth 2015-'16) and Sleepless (co-produced with Staatstheater Mainz and Shoreditch Town Hall / touring in 2016). Liam has co-created and led CPD courses and master-classes at National Theatre Discover on devising practice in collaboration with Al Nedjari (Gecko, War Horse) and contributed to an interdisciplinary workshop design for secondary school students at the Barbican. - Liam is co-convener of the Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). - Liam was appointed as a Fellow at Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Advanced Institute for Research (Delmenhorst, Germany) in 2012. - Liam is a member of TaPRA and IFTR. - Liam has been on Theatre-Rites Board of Management since 2013 (a sector-leading Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)). - Liam is External Examiner on the MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD).


  • Ph.D (Royal Holloway)

  • FHEA

  • M.Res (Royal Holloway)

  • PGdip in Directing (LAMDA)

  • BA Hons. (Royal Holloway)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Immersive Performance and Participation

Open to supervise

Devising and Contemporary Performance-making

Open to supervise

Experimental Neuroscience, Selfhood, Embodiment and Body Transfer Illusions in Performance

Open to supervise

Science-art Interdisciplinarity

Open to supervise

Intermediality, Interactivity, New Technologies and the Digital Humanities

Open to supervise

Theatre in the Dark

Open to supervise

Theatre Directing

Open to supervise

Applied performance, affect and wellbeing

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

'Theatres of Referred Sensations: Ontology and Relationality in VR Body Transfer Illusions, July 2017, International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) conference Sao Paulo, Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group

Invited presentation, IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research), IFTR 2017, São Paulo, Brazil, 12/7/2017

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Humanities. Realising Our Greater Potential, Eastern ARC (EARC) conference, 11 Nov. 2016, University of Kent.


Cross-over Work Analogue (UK), IETM International network for contemporary performing arts, 5 Nov. 2016, Valencia Plenary Meeting, Spain. Teatre el Musical.


Symposium leader/organiser for The Promise of Immersion: between Self and Other, a CHASE funded Network Symposium on 23 Jun. 2016 at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.


Time-sculptures of Terrifying Ambiguity: Staging Inner Space and Migrating Realities in Analogues Living Film Set 2.0, 16 Jun. 2016, IFTR Conference, Intermediality Working Group: Presenting the Theatrical Past.


Contributor to the Eastern ARC (EARC) Digital Humanities and the Creative Arts Symposium, 12 May 2016, University of Essex.


Conceptualising Different Darknesses in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance, 6 May 2016, Birkbeck, University of London.


Contributor to the Mapping Narratives CHASE Network Symposium, 15 Apr. 2016, The Courtauld Institute.


Time-sculptures of Terrifying Ambiguity: Staging Inner Space and Migrating Realities in Analogues Living Film Set 2.0, 8 Sept. 2015, TaPRA Conference, Performance and New Technologies Working Group: Digital Memory and Techno-nostalgia.


Body Transfer Illusions in Analogues Transports, 3 Sept. 2014, TaPRA Conference, Performance and the Body Working Group, Royal Holloway University.


Invited speaker. 24 Jun. 2014, The Culture Capital Exchange Conference, Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


Alone in the Dark with Myself: Spectator as Wigners friend In Analogues Lecture Notes on a Death Scene. 12 Jun. 2014, Theatre in the Dark: A One-day Symposium, School of Arts, University of Surrey.


Negotiating Art/Science Interdisciplinarity in Performance: Towards a Third Culture. 23 Apr. 2014, Performing Science: Dialogues Across Cultures The Science and Performance Conference, Lincoln University.


Practice-based research:Analogues #NaturalQuarantines R&D (for a ambisonic sound/blindfold performance intended for theatre foyers, science festivals and museums)in collaboration with astrophysicists at the University of Warwick. Supported by Arts Council England and China Plate, commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre & HOME (Manchester)

The Ethics of Mislocalized Selfhood: Proprioceptive Drifting Towards the Virtual Other, Performance & Technologies WG Interim Event: No Way Out: Theatre as a Mediatised Practice, 21st April, London South Bank University (LSBU).

Sleepless. A co-authored performance by Analogue, co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall (London, UK) and Staatstheater Mainz (Germany).

Culture, Creativity and the Academy - building a new Grand Partnership'

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Criticism: Practice and Theory (LT204)

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis (LT901)

  • Research for Creative Practice (LT905)

  • Devising (TH143)

  • Interactive Performance-making: Shaping Audience Participation (TH206)

  • Models of Practice (TH241)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)

  • Theatre-Making 1 (TH983)


Journal articles (2)

Jarvis, L., (2017). Time-sculptures of Terrifying Ambiguity: Staging Inner Space and Migrating Realities in Analogue's Living Film Set. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. 13 (1), 21-38

Jarvis, L., (2017). The Ethics of Mislocalized Selfhood: Proprioceptive Drifting Towards the Virtual Other. Performance Research. 22 (4), 30-37

Books (2)

Jarvis, LDB. and Buckmaster, S., (2021). Theatre-Rites: Animating Puppets, Objects & Sites. Routledge

Jarvis, LDB., (2019). Immersive Embodiment: Theatres of Mislocalized Sensation. Palgrave Macmillan

Book chapters (3)

Jarvis, L., (2019). Theatre, Appification & VR Apps: Disability Simulations as an Intervention in ‘Affective Realism’. In: Theatres of Contagion. Editors: Walsh, F., Brater, E. and Taylor-Batty, M., . Bloomsbury

Jarvis, L., (2017). Creating in the Dark: Conceptualizing Different Darknesses in Contemporary Practice. Editors: Alston, A. and Welton, M., . Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 88- 112. 9781474251198

Jarvis, L., (2016). Renegotiating Immersive Participation. In: Performance and Participation Practices, Audiences, Politics. Editors: Harpin, A. and Nicholson, H., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137393166

Thesis dissertation (1)

Jarvis, LDB., (2016). Feeling with Someone Else’s Body: Self-deception and the Paradox of Immersive Performance

Other (4)

Jarvis, L., (2018).Intermedial Praxis and Practice as Research: 'Doing-Thinking' in Practice. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. 14(1),Taylor & Francis

Jarvis, LDB., (2015).Theatre & the Digital. Studies in Theatre and Performance. 35(2),Taylor & Francis

Jarvis, LDB., Rebellato, D., Barker, H., Hetherington, L. and Jowett, E., (2011).Beachy Head (Play),Oberon

Jarvis, LDB., Barker, H. and Hetherington, L., (2011).2401 Objects (Play),Oberon

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5NW.4.4B, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Mondays: 1-2pm