Elizabeth Kuti is Senior Lecturer in Drama, and her teaching focuses on literature, theatre history, playwriting, and other theatre-related modules.
Her research specialisms are in dramatic writing, contemporary drama and theatre history, especially of the eighteenth century. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded Global Challenges research project, 'Tales of Spring and Winter: Gender, Histories and Intergenerational Exchange in Global Theatre', for which she is researching and writing a new play, a reworking of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, called Cold Season in Calcutta, set in Calcutta in 1775. Other projects include an enquiry into free speech, in the form of a new play, Blue Pencil, to be staged at the Sainsbury Theatre in 2018; and a BBC commission, The People of the Sea, a creative response to David Thomson's classic collection of selkie stories.
Before joining the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies in 2004, she worked extensively as a playwright and actor in Irish theatre, where her roles included the title role in The Colleen Bawn (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Lyttelton Theatre, NT, London) and Olivia in Twelfth Night (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). As a playwright, her work for theatre includes Treehouses (Peacock Theatre, Dublin); The Whisperers (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Irish tour); The Sugar Wife (Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Soho Theatre, London); and The Six-Days World (Finborough Theatre, London; developed while on attachment at National Theatre Studio). She has written extensively for BBC radio, including Reader I Mended Him - a new ending for Jane Eyre - short stories, Strandgade 30 and That Door; two series of Dear Mr Spectator for Radio 4 Womans Hour; numerous Afternoon dramas including May Child (starring Patricia Routledge) and a Drama on 3 about Henry Fielding and the advent of theatre censorship, Mr Fielding's Scandalshop. She has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Sugar Wife and the Stewart Parker Radio award for Treehouses. Her play commissioned by the National Theatre, United Incandescent has received readings at the Vanburgh Theatre and the Old Red Lion. Since 2014 she has worked as a writer for Historic Royal Palaces, and her micro-dramas exploring lesser known aspects of life at court in the period 1516 - 1730, have been seen by visitors to Hampton Court Palace since 2015.
She would particularly welcome PhD applications in the following areas:
Contemporary playwrights and new writing for the stage
Theatre, literature and drama in the long eighteenth century
Women's writing' theatre and gender
Playwriting, radio drama and creative writing