Dr. Adam Alston

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies
Tuesdays: 09:00-10:00; Wednesdays: 11:15 - 12:15


Areas of specialism

Immersive theatre; Audience participation; Theatre in the dark; Theatre and decadence; Politics and aesthetics in contemporary theatre

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme leader, BA Theatre and Performance

My qualifications

PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
Erasmus Mundus Master in International Performance Research
University of Warwick and Universiteit van Amsterdam
BA Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Warwick

Previous roles

PTY Co-ordinator, BA Theatre and Performance
PTY Senior Tutor, School of Arts
Careers co-ordinator, BA Theatre and Performance

Business, industry and community links


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

  • Keynote research papers

    [Title TBC]. The Power of Immersion: Performance, Affect, Politics. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin. 9-13 April 2018.

    'Errant Immersion: Mistakes and Accidental Transgression in Immersive Theatre'. Audience, Experience, Desire: Interactivity and Participation in Contemporary Performance and Cultural Industries. University of Exeter, Exeter. 30 January 2016.

    'Dining in the Dark: Darkness, Commerce and Disappearance'. Keynote paper. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. 12 January 2016.


    Research fellowships

    "Affective Societies" Research Centre, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin - Berlin. 16-20 April, 2018.


    Editorial posts

    2014--17: Co-editor, Contemporary Theatre Review’s ‘Interventions’.     

    2011--13: Editor, Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts

My teaching

Courses I teach on


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. Co-edited with Martin Welton. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/theatre-in-the-dark-9781474251181/  

Beyond Immersive Theatre: Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Sole-authored monograph. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137480439

‘Audience Participation and Neoliberal Value: Risk, Agency and Responsibility in Immersive Theatre’. Performance Research 18.2 (June 2013): 128-38. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2013.807177

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