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Eve Jeffrey

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I have worked as a Lecturer in Drama at Queen's since 2009. My teaching and research focuses on post-war British Theatre and Historiography, Drama and Medical Ethics and the plays of Harold Pinter, as well as writing for the stage and integrating audio narrative into contemporary performance and installation. My recent playwriting work has been staged across the UK and in Poland.

I am currently engaged in writing an interdisciplinary book, The Silent Treatment , as well as The People Left Behind: a British Academy-funded multimedia research project on missing people and bereavement. I am interested in developing my integrated approach to sound and performance for future research projects. I am also a published musician and have a professional contract with Project 7 Records, who will be releasing my album 'The Perception of Threat' on June 13 2011.



2010, True by Ewan Jeffrey, directed by Chris O'Donnell, The Old Red Lion Theatre, London

2009 The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, University of Winchester

2008 The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, Univeristy of Winchester

2007 A Night Out by Harold Pinter, University of Winchester

2007 Exes by Ewan Jeffrey, shortlisted in Practicum Theatre's One Page Play Competition, The Globe Theatre at the Bedford, London

2007 The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, University of Winchester

2006 Aureus by Ewan Jeffrey, University of Winchester

2003 Force of Habit by Ewan Jeffrey, Edinburgh Festival

2002 God Mode by Ewan Jeffrey, University of Leeds

2002 Square by Ewan Jeffrey, University of Durham Student Drama Festival


I have advanced knoweldge of German, French and Polish.

I am proficient in the following applications: MS Office, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Audition, Adobe Photoshop, FL Studio and Final Cut Pro.

Research Statement

Research Statement

For clarity I have listed my REF returnable outputs to date:

REF OUTPUT 1 Chapter in Book, 2008 (with Dominic Shellard, Kate Dorney and Kate Harris), The Golden Generation: Post-war British Theatre , British Library Publications (shortlisted for the Society of Theatre Research Theatre Book Award 2009) Chapter Title: Theatres of Resistance: Michel Saint-Denis and George Devine pp. 92-116 (12000 words)


Journal Article, 2012 Ewan Jeffrey, David Jeffrey 'I Could Never Quite Get It Together - Harold Pinter's The Caretaker and End-of-life Care in Journal of Medical Humanities, (paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in 2012) (7000 words)


True, a play I wrote as a Performance as Research Piece, September 2010, The Old Red Lion Theatre London (I have extensive documentation, publicity and correspondence surrounding this play, which made the final shortlist in In Company's Off Cut Theatre Competition; this work was the foundation for my British Academy-Funded Project)


Book, 2012 with David Jeffrey, we have a contract with Gillian Nineham (at Radcliffe Publishing) for our interdiscplinary drama/medical book The Silent Treatment , and have completed four out of seven chapters. We are currently working on the fifth. The book will be published in February 2012. (90000words)


2006 Journal Article : 'The Outsider: The Michel Saint-Denis Archive in the British Library' in Theatre Notebook , 60, 2006 pp. 45-51)

2009 Journal Article, Ewan Jeffrey, David Jeffrey, 'Vex Not His Ghost: King Lear and End-of-Life Care' in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, 39, 2009 pp. 15-19


1. My research activity has been focused on my British Academy funded (£4,572) performance project The People Left Behind. I have been collecting interviews with people who have been affected by the issue of missing people and have made a lot of progress on writing the script derived from the interviews. Some of the stories have been incredibly harrowing and I think the finished piece will be powerful. I have had significant interest from students wishing to take part in both performance and production roles. I will endeavour to make this performancee REF returnable through consultation, in a PaR context, with Alyson Campbell. Since the last Ad Hoc meeting, I have had my short play True (which examines guilt and bereavement) selected for, and performed in, the Off Cut Festival by In Company Theatre. As I see this play as a catalyst for my broader British Academy project I believe I may also make this performance REF returnable, particularly, as the writer, I was required to liaise with the production team.

2. The British Academy grant has enabled me to develop this research as part of the Arts and Health Research Cluster at Queen's as well as create further links with Healthcare institutions both in Northern Ireland and further afield. I have been able this year to conduct preparatory research development work on this project and related monograph. As part of the project, David Jeffrey and I have secured funding (£850) from the University of Dundee Research Development Fund to co-convene a SSC (Student Selected Component) which is effectively a four week module holding drama workshops with medical students - this will generate further links between the two institutions and develop the Arts and Health Research Cluster. I intend to publish an related journal article on this process.

3. I have submitted an abstract for an interim journal article on The People Left Behind to Performance Research. I am waiting to hear if this has been successful.


2010-2011 Queen's University Belfast


DRA1001 - Performance Analysis

DRA2/3046 - Twentieth Century British Theatre (combined 2 nd /3 rd Year Module)

DRA3013 - Shakespeare In Performance

DRA3027 - Critical Contexts: Harold Pinter

DRA3006 - Independent Projects


DRA3001 - Postmodernism

DRA 3005 - Performance as Research

DRA7017 - Postgraduate Research Methods

2009-2010 Queen's University Belfast


DRA3006 - Independent Projects

DRA3027 - Working in Theatre

2006-2009 The University of Winchester

Staging New Writing

Topics: The page-to-stage challenge; problem solving; effective direction; workshop techniques; rehearsal planning; the actor-director relationship; ownership of the text

Second Semester 2008-9

Major Twentieth Century Theatre Practices

Topics: Expressionism; Modernism; Surrealism; Dada; Artaud; Brook; Littlewood; Meyerhold; Appia; Strasberg

First Semester 2006-9

Drama and Theatre Representations of Social Change in 21 stCentury Britain

Topics: Churchill; Pinter; Sheriff; Crimp; Ravenhill; British Identity; Representations of Family; Class Tensions; Narrative Structure; Freudian Dynamics; Transactional Analysis; Infantilism; Parody in Theatre; Gendered/Secret Identities

First and Second Semesters 2006-8

Final Year Group Project

Topics: The Year 3 students are supervised by the lecturer in a full-length production and assessed on their contribution

First and Second Semesters 2006-8

Text Production Project

Topics: The Year 2 students are directed by the lecturer in a full-length production and assessed on their contribution

First Semester 2007

Final Year Project Dissertation

Topics: Dissertation Writing Skills; Proof-reading; Avoiding Plagiarism; Structuring an Argument; Interview Techniques; Qualitative and Quantitative Research; Exploring Online Resources

First and Second Semesters 2006-8

Approaches to Performance

Topics: Stanislavski; Brecht; Actor Preparation; Audience-Actor Relationship; Performance as Politics; Devising; Workshop Techniques

Second Semester 2005

Studying Through Theatre

Topics: Gender Representations; Adapting Shakespeare; Close Analysis; Seminar and Exam Skills; Essay Style Guidance

First Semester 2006-8

Post-war British and Irish Theatre

Topics: Beckett; Behan; O'Casey; Pinter; Osborne; Impact of Look Back In Anger; Censorship and the Lord Chamberlain; Agitprop; The Rise of the West End; In-Yer-Face Theatre; Postmodern Performance; New Theatre Technologies

First Semester 2006

Author Specialism: Harold Pinter

Topics: Pinter's life; Political Ideology/Activism; Jewish/Irish Contexts; Key texts; Critical Reception; Locating Pinter in Post-war British Drama

First Semester 2007-9

At The University of Sheffield (2003-2005)

Introduction to Theatre

Topics: Ways of Reading; Mise en Scène; Stanislavski; Approaching Shakespeare; Jacobean Drama, Victorian Melodrama; Postcolonialism; Postmodernism

First and Second Semesters 2004-5

At the University of Leeds:

Introduction to Modern European Drama

Topics: Key texts by Beckett, Pinter, Friel, Ionesco, Adamov and Mrozek; British Reception of Theatre from Mainland Europe; Theatre and War

First and Second Semesters 2000-1


Supervised fifteen undergraduate dissertation students per year (2005-2009)

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