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Exciting fully AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award opportunity:

"‘Playing in the Dark’: Interrogating Race, Gender and the Position of Women Playwrights in the Black Plays Archive"

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) are pleased to announce an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctorate between The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive.


This Studentship will re-assess the work of black British women playwrights over the past 60 years by challenging the archival ‘gaps’ that have left them marginalised in histories of modern British theatre.  The doctoral student will work with the National Theatre’s archive team on the Black Plays Archive (BPA) and participate fully in the postgraduate community of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) and its vibrant research culture. The student will produce original research that sheds new light on how the intersections of race, gender and class shaped British theatre through research that makes visible the valuable contribution of black women playwrights to the history of British theatre. They will develop a skill set that enables them to move fluently between HEI contexts and archives, and which will be applicable in the job market beyond the arts or academia. The student will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and promotion of the BPA, through knowledge exchange activity, such as exhibition curation, public workshops and related education events. The student will gain a thoroughgoing understanding of the research process, supported by Central’s expertise in both theatre theory and practice and the National Theatre’s expertise in archiving.


To Apply

To apply for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards you must meet the eligibility and residency criteria.


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and a Masters-level qualification or equivalent which meets AHRC requirements for research training. Applicants with relevant work/professional experience who are considering doing a PhD are also encouraged to apply.

Residency requirements:

LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the residency requirements as detailed on page 13 of the UKRI Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.
Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate.

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Closing Date: 23 April 2019

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