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Frances Babbage

Frances Babbage is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield. Her research centres on practices of adaptation, rewriting, authorship and intervention. She has published three monographs: first, on the work of Augusto Boal and his methods of radical participatory performance (Routledge, 2004); later, on rewriting of classical myths in modern plays by women (Manchester University Press, 2011); and most recently, on adaptation of prose literature in contemporary theatre (Bloomsbury, 2018). Frances's research and teaching has always intersected directly with performance practice, whether in the form of dramaturgical contributions, creative collaborations, or independent creative projects. She is currently working with Michael Pinchbeck to develop a critical-creative dialogue around the trilogy of John Berger/Jean Mohr adaptations by Pinchbeck & Smith.