My early adventures took place in the pages of books and the dark auditoriums of Manchester's fine theatres. I followed these passions, completing a first class undergraduate English Literature degree at Aberystwyth University amidst the wild winds and swirling seas of the Cardigan Bay coastline. I then moved to the University of Edinburgh where I completed an MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics against the gothic backdrop of Auld Reekie's wynds and closes. Following this I received a University Scholarship to fund my PhD entitled 'Tradition, Innovation and Politics: the stagework of Ewan MacColl and Theatre Workshop'. During the course of these studies I returned to my dramatic roots, becoming increasingly fascinated by the way performance and politics have interacted throughout the long twentieth century. I was awarded my PhD in 2007.
I stayed in Edinburgh for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities where I began to write my first book, British Avant-Garde Theatre (Palgrave MacMillan 2012) while overlooking the Meadows tennis courts. While in the city I also had the opportunity to teach at the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University, to organise an archive for ground-breaking company Theatre Workshop, to work for the Scottish Government (including administering a new health initiative in Scottish prisons), as well as perform and tour with Rudsambee Company of Singers. In January 2010 I joined the University of Lincoln as Lecturer in Drama and in September 2015 I moved to De Montfort University, Leicester to take up a new position as VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Drama. In Summer 2016 I became Reader in Drama and took over leadership of the newly founded Drama Research Group. I am also the Secretary of the British Association of Modernist Studies.
I currently live in Nottingham, and am an avid animal lover, fitness nerd, world traveller, rock fan and tea drinker.