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Nicholas Holden

Research Interest

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  • Contemporary British Theatre

  • The Royal Court Theatre

  • Contemporary Masculinities

  • Playwriting Pedagogy

  • Young Peoples’ Initiatives in Professional Theatres

Conference Papers

 

Conferences/Symposia Organised

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  • (2019) ‘International Playwrights’ Symposium: Zinnie Harris’, co-organised with Dr Jacqueline Bolton, 23rdNovember 2019, University of Lincoln, UK.

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  • (2017) ‘International Playwrights’ Symposium: Dennis Kelly’, co-organised with Dr Jacqueline Bolton, Saturday 18thNovember 2017, University of Lincoln, UK.

 

Papers Presented

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  • (2019) The New Place in Town: Early Reflections on the Bridge Theatre and the monetisation of the subsidised theatre sector in London. In: Text and Presentation, Comparative Drama Conference, Thursday 4 April – Saturday 6 April 2019, Rollins College, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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  • (2018) A Model for International Playwriting Practice: The Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre and the Regional Arts Association, 1988-1998. In: Regions, Ruins and Regeneration, Irish Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Friday 1 June – Saturday 2June 2018, University of Lincoln, UK.

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  • (2017) ‘The Guru Effect’: The Politics of Process in the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court. In: Theatre and Performance Research Association, History and Historiography Working Group, Wednesday 30 August – Friday 1 September 2017, University of Salford, UK.

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  • (2016) ‘There are Times when Naturalism just isn’t Enough’: Breaking open the kitchen sink in the theatre of Alistair McDowall.In: British Theatre in the 21stCentury, Thursday 13 October – Saturday 15 October 2016, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France.  

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  • (2016) ‘Think Kitchen Sink with a Wormhole Where the Plug Should Be’: Exploring new approaches to new writing in the plays of Alistair McDowall. In: What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English, Monday 27 June – Thursday 30 June 2016, University of Lincoln, UK.

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  • (2015) ‘The Jewel in the Crown’: Developing a Young Peoples’ Theatre Scheme at the Royal Court Theatre.In: Theatre and Performance Research Association, History and Historiography Working Group, Tuesday 8 September – Thursday 10 September 2015, University of Worcester, UK.

Publications

 

Edited Collections

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  • (in preparation 2021) Beautiful Doom: Dennis Kelly’s Work on Stage and Television, with Jacqueline Bolton, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

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  • (in preparation 2019) ‘The Activists in the Garage: Gerald Chapman, Gay Sweatshop and the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre 1976-1980’.

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  • (2017) ‘“Making New Theatre Together”: Developing Writers and Creating Community in the First Writers’ Group at the Royal Court and its Legacy within the Young Writers’ Programme’.Theatre History Studies, Vol. 36, Special Issue on Histories of New Writing, pp. 126-140.

 

Book Chapters

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  • (in preparation 2021) ‘New Writing and the Young: Developing DNA for the National Theatre Connections Festival’, inBeautiful Doom: Dennis Kelly’s Work on Stage and Television,Nicholas Holden and Jacqueline Bolton (eds.), Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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  • (in preparation 2021) ‘Introduction’, with Jacqueline Bolton, in Beautiful Doom: Dennis Kelly’s Work on Stage and Television,Nicholas Holden and Jacqueline Bolton (eds.), Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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  • (forthcoming 2019) ‘“In the Pursuit of New Writers”: How the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre Contributed to the Development of First Time Playwrights in the 1990s’, After In-Yer-Face: Remnants of a Theatrical Revolution, William Boles, ed., Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Book Reviews

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  • (2015) Royal Court: International [book review]. Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, Vol.9, No.2: Performance, Place and Geography, pp. 113-116.

 

On-line Publications

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  • (2016) ‘“Don’t You Think That’s Interesting, About Time?”: Playing with Time in Lovesong’ [Guest Blog Post], Director’s Cut, Digital Theatre Blog.

Professional Affiliates

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  • Member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association

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  • Member of the International Federation for Theatre Research

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  • Member of the American Society for Theatre Research

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  • Member of the Standing Conference for University Drama Departments’ Postgraduate Subcommittee (administers of the Glynne Wickham Scholarship)

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  • Co-convenor of the International Playwrights’ Symposium

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  • Peer reviewer of manuscripts for: Bloomsbury Methuen and Palgrave Macmillan

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