Andrew Burton

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
 Andrew Burton

Research and professional activities


Ecodramaturgy and the role of naturalism

This project critically reassesses naturalism and its potential as a theatrical form in tackling issues of global warming and ecological crisis. Using a research methodology that combines historically contextualised play analysis with ecodramaturgy, my study explores the possibilities naturalism offers, and the limitations it imposes upon, the eco-dramatist

Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth Kuti

Research interests


Naturalism is perceived by many to be an unsuitable form to be employed in ecological playwriting. The reasons for this range from the traditionally high carbon footprint of naturalistic theatre productions to the feminist critique of realism, and the perceived conservatism of mimetic representation. However, my research reveals naturalism to play a vital role within contemporary ecodramaturgy.



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