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Drama PhD student wins top essay prize

Posted on 20/09/2011

A PhD student from the Department of Drama and Theatre has won a prestigious prize in an essay competition that will see his work published in Contemporary Theatre Review.

Adam Alston’s essay analysing the political practice of risk-taking as an audience-participant in the recent performance Half Cut won first prize in the Theatre and Performance Research Association's (TaPRA) 2011 postgraduate essay competition.

The Theatre and Performance Research Association is the UK's main research organisation in theatre and performance studies. It has 10 working groups in various fields, and meets annually for a major conference.

Adam received his prize at this year's conference which took place at Kingston University this month. He was awarded £150 from Routledge and received an annual membership of TaPRA, as well as seeing his work published in Contemporary Theatre Review.

Adam said: “I am of course delighted and particularly pleased that this comes at the end of my first year of research. TaPRA is a great organisation for promoting and disseminating research into theatre theory and practice and to have work recognised in this way is a real boost.”

Adam's supervisor, Dr Sophie Nield, added: “The TaPRA postgraduate essay prize is adjudicated by an international panel of distinguished scholars, and attracts a very high calibre of entrant. Being invited to submit his winning essay to the prestigious Contemporary Theatre Review is a wonderful opportunity for Adam, and the Drama Department is delighted that he has achieved this success.


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